Friday, September 9, 2011

Views on taller buildings determined by the resulting view

Recently a resident of the Brentwood neighbourhood wrote a letter to the Burnaby Newsleader opposing the Brentwood Crossing project.

Poor planning reaches new heights in Burnaby's Brentwood area

Published: September 08, 2011 9:00 AM
Updated: September 08, 2011 9:20 AM
Re: Proposed development to transform Brentwood (NewsLeader, Sept. 2)

I read the article about the proposed development with towers 39 to 48 storeys for the southwest corner of Willingdon Avenue and Lougheed Highway and find that the proposal is at the best obscene. Perhaps Burnaby needs a change of leadership, for allowing developments like these to go ahead. They allowed highrises on the north side of Lougheed that cost $400,000 to $2 million and now are proposing to lower the value of these properties by cutting off all views from the north.

People on the east and south sides of the buildings on the north side of Lougheed will have nothing to see but cement buildings. This will certainly lower the property values for all the buildings on the north side (but probably not their property tax assessments).

It appears Burnaby does not have anyone in its employ, or even a consultant with any idea of how to keep views for everyone. The new buildings should be lower than the buildings on the north side and any new ones to the south after these new buildings should be shorter than the proposed buildings. The whole area is turning into a mini-Toronto but with no amenities to match.

So now we have the option of selling and moving, or staying and suffering from lowered property value. What is wrong with Burnaby’s city council and planning department?

Patricia Muss


1 comment:

  1. Patricia,

    So, when you purcased your condo, I am sure you had no consideration for the tower behind you that lost their view to the south... did that not cross your mind? Of course not Patricia.

    You did not do your homework. Should have looked into the City's plans for the area before you spent your $$ - I sold so many condos with a View in North burnaby knowing full well there will be more towers to the south of them in the next 3-5 years. Not one person asked. They really thought the view was theirs to purchase. Units are offered up for sale at a price - the View is a bonus.. the view is a selling feature but not guaranteed for life. Enjoy your "investment". I know I enjoyed making all that sales commission money.