Letter to the editor, May 10, 2018
Houses of cards
It's with a sense of trepidation that I now drive around parts of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and see what passes for urban planning and architectural standards from an aesthetic and long-term point of view.
With towns being required to densify along transit corridors in keeping with provincial regulations, we are treated to an onslaught of uniform, vinyl-siding clad, attached dwellings that possess all the charm of a rock in a soccer field.
While so many neighbourhoods in our beautiful region contain a well-integrated mix of unique heritage homes and modest, well-maintained cottages, many new residences currently under construction more closely resemble military barracks.
Condominium projects, like the one currently under construction in Île-Perrot offering 185 dwellings, stand out like a poorly planned sore thumb in the quiet suburban setting and the addition of a minimum of 185 more cars on Boulevard Perrot will only further serve to hold the residents of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot traffic hostages on an already difficult morning commute.
This may suit current densification requirements, thereby acquiescing to provincial pressure, but these quickly fabricated dwellings are unlikely to stand the test of time – in terms of both visual and structural integrity.
Cities should exercise more power over aesthetic and architectural components of developments so that they're better integrated into their respective communities.