Many stories tell of the tension between developers and the current residents of the neighbourhood. The story usually focuses on developers making money and on the residents who want to protect the quality of life. In the end, the Ontario Municipal Board makes a decision. The villain in the story depends on who is telling it.
This tension leads all sides to distrust others and is very expensive. People who oppose all development are fighting against the inevitability of population growth. Developers who start by treatnig all residents as CAVE Dwellers, may be creating the problem that they complain about: by turning potential YIMBYists into NIMBYists. Sometimes, collaboration and actively searching for allies is a great way to add more value to a property.
Therefore, I was pleased to see a good news story in the Globe and Mail over the weekend. It talks about a prominent developer (Diamond Corp.), a big property in downtown Toronto and some details on how more than two years of discussion led to useful changes. That may sound costly but the alternative is also costly. Especially for that reason, this example should be instructive.