Re: [gardeners] Saturday NOT in the garden

Margaret Lauterbach (
Wed, 20 Feb 2002 10:34:55 -0700

Lucinda, would the neighbors get together to fund a lawyer?  IIRC there's a 
right to sunshine or a sunshine easement or something like that that has 
been established in U.S. law, at least, by precedent.  Canadian law works 
much the same as U.S. law (statute and common law), so I'd guess you ought 
to be able to use that as a wedge.  I'd wonder at a planning committee or 
director who would approve abutting a 17-story apartment building to a 
single family residential area.  No buffering whatsoever.  That's a 
terrible juxtaposition.  Margaret L

>We here in our neighborhood are fighting a developer who wants to
>build a 17 storey high-rise apt. building right behind our houses, the
>entire length of the block.  It will loom over this entire block, the
>street we live on is the main entrance to a 100+years old heritage
>park.  Beautiful gardens, etc. will now have NO light. I just
>refurbished with a 10 metre line of antique peonies, given to me by
>a lady whose scottish grandmother had ben growing them for about
>100 years or so, given to her mother, friends, etc. and finally some
>to me during the last thinning.  Peonies need sun.  I am going to
>lose much of my back  garden, antique roses, many bulbs, etc.  We
>are fighting for height reduction.  We will still get a high-rise, but 8-
>10 stories is easier to live with.  Any ideas?