Today, November 8, 2013, Delta’s Mayor and Council approved third reading of the “Southlands” application on a 500-acre parcel of land in southeast Tsawwassen. The vote was 5 to 1 in favour, with Councillor Sylvia Bishop the lone opponent to the application. Opponents of the project cite many problems with the process, and many unanswered questions. Police were present at the meeting.
Archive web video (1 hour 44 minutes) of today’s meeting is available for viewing online and for download here. Reconvened Southlands Public Hearing followed by Special Meeting:
As a result of today’s Council decision, the application for the controversial development by Century Group on farmland will be forwarded next to Metro Vancouver for review and decision. We do not know the date for a Metro Vancouver Board (biweekly) or committee meeting to review this application. The agenda for November 15 is already posted, and the next meeting is November 29.
Although the meeting received a summary of the volumes of correspondence received, no indication was provided on the numbers of public comments for and against the development application. Metro Vancouver must now consider not only public input but also whether or not this proposal violates planning principles of the Regional Growth Strategy. The decision will be a test case for the RGS. Will it set a precedent for agricultural land swaps in exchange for development on farmland? For more information visit http://www.savethesouthlands.ca/. See also our recent posts on this topic.
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