LETTER: New plan needed for Cook Street Village

There's a need for an updated Cook Street Village Plan

 

Re: Councillors eye more focus on neighbourhood plans (News, Feb. 18)

Congratulations to councillors Pam Madoff and Chris Coleman for recognizing the need for an updated Cook Street Village Plan. The last one was penned in 1985.

The mass, height and design of the current proposal may be appropriate, but it is difficult to evaluate without understanding how it fits into a long term plan for the village.

The five-storey apartment proposal calls for 61 units, most of which would be about 500 square feet each. To me, this would suggest that folks living in these small spaces might view the village as their “living room.”

And that could be a good thing, providing more energy and more neighbourhood spirit in pedestrian friendly Fairfield.

But surely it must viewed in the context of a coordinated village plan, not as a one off application for increased density and height.

Ken Roueche, Victoria