The character of the neighbourhood is not helped with woods filled with dumped waste and that might pose a fire hazard due to tinder dry conditions. I am all for preserving forest especially the Assiniboine Forest but there are areas throughout Charleswood where field and brush sits at the end of streets or along fingers down streets. It can't really be called forest nor park. Arguments for preserving these little strips strain credulity except that people have land near their homes they don't want to have anything on.
The Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) phenomenon is common enough. It should not be totally dismissed but at the same time it should not be victorious in every push back in city planning. If Osborne Village had encountered NIMBY at its start, it would still be a military barracks instead of Canada's best neighbourhood.
|Charleswood United Church and woods behind it|
As more and more people retire in Charleswood, the ability to stay in the neighbourhood diminishes. This is in part due to fewer multi-unit dwellings. The density gets lighter and lighter further into the neighbourhood. Some say this is the character of Charleswood and be that as it may, it also means if you can't drive, you are increasingly isolated. In short, the old get shuffled out of the place they loved.
Charleswood United Church has made this argument in asking for permission to build a 64 unit seniors residence behind the church. The three floor facility will feature units starting at 1150 square feet. The first floor will also have a 5400 square foot Mason Lodge. There will be 200 parking stalls as well as handicapped parking.
Plans include significant landscaping.
A buffer around homes is fair sized.
It would seem the church has done a strong job of being responsible and the there is a strong demand for such a life lease seniors residence in the neighbourhood that is close to commercial areas and bus routes.
This project should proceed over opposition. In all likelihood, some of the people opposing now could possibly use such housing in the future.