Letters to the Editor

Sixth Street plan great, well-balanced

Re: Council endorses Sixth Street community plan (NewsLeader, June 14)

Thanks to Burnaby City Council and the mayor for following through and creating a constructive, well-thought-out community development plan for Sixth Street. Council has constructed a wonderful balance between competing demands, ensuring that current residents are not overwhelmed by new developments, while also creating a plan that increases the number of housing units by over 500 per cent for the affected area.

This massive increase in population density was created without the need for large high-rise towers, and will preserve the community feel of the area.

Of particular importance was how the commercial aspects of the community were developed. The idea of maintaining our small businesses is important and it’s wonderful to see that there will be a chance for locally owned businesses to thrive, rather than being absorbed by larger chains that would usually dominate larger commercial spaces.

I look forward to the revitalization of the neighbourhood and hope similar projects can be constructed that ensure affordable housing stock for residents, without destroying the neighbourhood’s character.

Well done.

Trevor Ritchie

Burnaby

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