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We are families and neighbours

We love this place. We love its big trees, its safe streets and the sense of community. Our kids and elders thrive here. We welcome newcomers to this neighbourhood, we support and we welcome development that respects our community’s values. Some of us are young, some of us are old. Some of us have lived here all our lives and some of us are new arrivals. We are united in our love of our community and our desire to keep it vibrant and liveable.

Townhouse development raises issues around trees, density, affordability

   (article from Focus on Victoria)

As an intense wave of high-density development sweeps through Victoria, Heritage Advisory Panel Chair, (Pam) Madoff is troubled by what she sees as a common attitude about new projects, the mistaken view that there is no such thing as bad development. Says Madoff: “I really care about what’s happening to this city.”

What's at stake

Aryze Developments Inc. plans to build a high-density, 18-unit condo complex at 902 Foul Bay Rd. The property is a beautiful Garry oak meadow upon which a heritage home was lost to fire while owned by a previous developer.  Aryze  proposes to remove 18 bylaw protected, six Garry Oaks, one Arbutus and , 2 iconic much loved Copper Beech trees estimated to be over 100 years old each. We support the idea of development on this lot, which could be achieved while preserving most of the big trees, and in consultation with the neighbourhood.  


This heritage-designated site is zoned for a single-family home and is currently protected by a restrictive covenant. The owner of the property filed a petition in the BC Supreme Court to have the covenant removed in order to move forward with their development plans by Aryze.  Aryze has tried to intimidate neighbours, by claiming to to seek compensation against them if they oppose their legal action. Some of our neighbours have hired a lawyer to oppose the removal of the covenant in order to stop development not in keeping with the character and zoning of our neighbourhood.   

Aryze at work clearing trees for another condo project in Fairfield


Aryze at work clearing trees for another condo project in Fairfield







A message of support from a neighbour:


Kudos to Alan and the rest of the neighbourhood standing up against the bullying techniques of the developer, Arzye. No - we will not be pushed around ....... We like the character of our neighbourhood, we like the trees, and we enjoy the calm streets for our kids - it is why we live here. We do not need to see what was once a heritage property turned into row housing. Are you equally concerned?


Not only do I think the plan is a bad one at the outset for its choice of a former heritage site and the density it proposes to bring to a quiet area, but I am frustrated to see the way in which Aryze has sought to bully the community into submission by threatening to seek costs against anybody seeking to oppose their plan. Effectively, this removed the space for any type of constructive dialogue at the outset ..........


For that reason, my wife and I have sent Alan a donation to aid in his legal attempt to stand up to the company, and I encourage you to do the same - no amount is too small! We do not have the deep pockets of Aryze, but together, there is strength in numbers. Alan should not have to fight this alone. Literally, for a quick buck, this plan is about paving paradise to put up a ...condo building. Take action & help Alan if you are opposed to this!        C.M.


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