Letter: My youngsters are squeezed out of West Vancouver

A longtime West Vancouver resident writes that the Cypress Village group is our greatest hope of making a sensible possibility for our grandchildren, whereas offering assorted choices for downsizing.

Expensive Editor:

Re: Census Gives Window into “Stagnation” of West Vancouver (Could 4 front-page story) and followup editorial viewpoint, Stagnation Equation, referring to how West Vancouver’s change in demographics, as a consequence of coverage selections, has led to “stagnation” of group by the deferral of “change.”

I agree, and my household has been immediately impacted by this pattern and consequence.

It’s my hope that our grandchildren may have a chance to come back again to the group the place their mother and father grew up, and that individuals my age will have the ability to discover fashionable, assorted lodging that permits them to downsize and keep in the neighborhood the place they raised their households.

I’m a long-term resident of West Vancouver, having graduated from West Van Secondary and UBC, within the late Nineteen Sixties and early Seventies, and returned right here to lift our household. My spouse Carina and I had been lively volunteers at West Bay Elementary, West Vancouver Secondary PAC, the Woman Guides, Cubs, soccer and baseball – all that to say not a lot totally different from all our different middle-class associates. 

My background in finance and investments gave me an entry level to affix the District of West Vancouver finance committee as co-chair, the place I served for a number of years below two mayors – Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Michael Smith. It grew to become evident as time progressed that with a stagnant-to-declining inhabitants, no industrial base and the overwhelming majority of our prices, salaries and advantages, over which we had no management, had been bumping up towards a stagnant income stream of taxes. The consequence – taxes needed to go up or companies minimize simply to remain even.

Over this era, from 2000 onward, middle-class housing inventory shrank and have become extra concentrated in ever-larger single-family properties and no variety. Now I’m seeking to downsize and have restricted choices in an affordable worth vary, primarily 40-year-old housing, townhome and condominium inventory, in want of renovation. I’ve watched our youngsters squeezed out of my group regardless of good incomes due to lack of affordability as a consequence of lack of variety.

For these causes, I’ve been a robust and lively supporter of the proposed Cypress Village group proposed by British Pacific Properties going again to the time I ran for council within the 2016 byelection.

Cypress Village is a whole, sustainable city group with a long-term time horizon. It would present a rising, diversified tax base, permitting us to finance and rejuvenate our group, all of the whereas preserving giant areas of the Eagleridge Bluffs. That is an space which, when mixed with the land the municipality owns, will give us the potential for a big leisure space the dimensions of Stanley Park. This challenge may even convey a selection of housing kinds throughout a variety of costs and interesting to a large age group.

The Cypress Village group is our greatest hope of making a sensible possibility for our grandchildren, whereas offering assorted choices for downsizing.

In my retirement, I’m fortunate sufficient to be concerned with many organizations at a board and committee degree, such because the Kay Meek, Hollyburn Neighborhood Companies Society, Capilano College and Basis, Lions Gate Hospital Basis and the BC Faculty of Nurses and Midwives. Nevertheless, as our group will get older and the “lively center “shrinks, the place does West Vancouver get its volunteers, these people who hold our group operating, vibrant and related?

We’d like managed long-term progress, we want tax income progress and diversification, and greater than ever we want a center class. Cypress Village is our greatest likelihood for this, and its time is now, not the following census.

David Ayriss 

West Vancouver

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