News

VIDEO: Speakers spar at Metro Vancouver hearing on Southlands project

Speakers for and against a controversial proposal to build 950 homes on historic Tsawwassen farmland are at a Metro Vancouver public hearing today.

See video live stream above or here.

Advocates of the Southlands development argue it will be a sustainable, positive housing project for Delta that preserves 80 per cent of the agricultural land for farming   or park space.

Opponents warn it sets a dangerous precedent for the Metro region that will see other developers demand similar deals in order to lucratively develop farmland.

"Close this Pandora's box before it's too late," said one speaker.

The proposal by Delta council to redraw the urban containment boundary in Metro Vancouver's regional growth strategy and redesignate the 217-hectare Southlands property from agricultural needs a two-thirds majority vote of Metro's board to pass.

Former Delta South MLA Val Roddick called the compromise one that strikes a fair balance and ensures much of the land is actually farmed.

"The pressure of growth on the entire Fraser Valley has craeted an enormous necessity for creative thinking," Roddick said. "The Southlands proposal is providing exaclty that."

Former Delta South MLA Val Roddick speaking at Metro Vancouver public hearing on the Southlands proposal.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Surrey Memorial to act as Ebola centre for Lower Mainland
 
Report ranks high spenders among Metro Vancouver cities
 
Dix to focus on tech sector, skills training
A tale of two Hastings zones
 
Election 2014: What can be done about homelessness in Burnaby?
 
Station Square Phase 2 construction to employ 650
Gypsy moth infestation discovered in Cloverdale
 
Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
 
Scholarship established in honour of Surrey athlete killed in crash

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.