Letters to the Editor

Don’t repeat planning errors


A lot has been said and written lately about problems of commuting, public transit, traffic congestion and road construction, but all of this discussion has focused on symptoms of the problem – not its cause.

If people could live close to their workplace, commuting difficulties would be significantly lessened.

In the days when workplaces were dirty, noisy and smelly, it made sense to keep them apart from residences. But things are different now, thanks to electronic ways of doing business. Yet zoning still separates homes from offices.

Surrey has recently established residential communities in Douglas and along Zero Avenue, where there is no opportunity for work and no public transport, and set warehouses out on 192 Street where there are few houses and a minimum of transit service.

While it may well be impossible to correct past mistakes, it’s hard to accept that we’re repeating them.

Is it beyond the wit of planners and developers to get at the root of our problem, to address the cause so as not to exacerbate the symptoms?

R.M. Strang, Surrey



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