Marina development good, blocking viewscapes not
We fully support the revitalization of the Mill Bay Marina and the upland property. We look forward to having a wonderful new safe marina and a new development in our area.
What was misrepresented was the impact of the present strata design of the upland portion. In fact, there are four Handy Rd. properties that the water view are either completely gone or the vast majority reduced to glimpses.
We will be losing 80 to 90 per cent of our water view. Real estate research and consultation estimates our property value will be reduced by about $50,000 as a result.
We don’t oppose the housing development however we expected consideration for design to maintain some portion of our view and the ability to maintain our property values.
While no one owns water view, wouldn’t it have been possible to share both quality and financial benefits to having one?
While the vast community will be enjoying a new marina and 14 families will have full water view homes, developers have earned their income: established family homes values have depreciated and water views will be significantly reduced or gone.
Gail Stroud and Roger Jackson