The former home of the Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre is part of a site eyed for 330 new homes

Developer to share 330-home plan for Rosemary Heights

June 9 meeting is 'our first step on the trail' to developing prime South Surrey site.

Proponents behind a 330-home development eyed for a prime 28-acre site in Rosemary Heights are encouraging those interested in what they have in mind to attend a public information meeting Thursday.

The June 9 meeting is “our first step on the trail,” Porte Communities president David Porte said last week.

“Share with them what we’re imagining the site will become.”

Porte said his company is not yet the official owner of the site, which includes 3690 152 St., the former home of the Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre.

But he said he is “well aware” that area residents have concerns with regard to what’s in store for it.

Last month, residents told Peace Arch News they are worried about the potential impact of new development on already-overcrowded elementary schools; as well, about the safety of children walking in the neighbourhood. They are also concerned about the possible removal of a cul-de-sac outside Rosemary Heights Elementary, in the 15500-block of 36 Avenue.

The Rosemary Heights Central Neighbourhood Concept Plan “didn’t anticipate this kind of stuff,” Kieran Hardiman said.

Porte told Peace Arch News that a large area – the site is located on the bluff above the Nicomekl River – will be dedicated for biodiversity. Removal of the cul-de-sac is “not part of our application, nor part of our proposal,” he said.

The property is currently owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, which closed its retreat centre at the end of December.

Porte said 4,000 notices of Thursday’s meeting were distributed. Set for 5-8 p.m. at Morgan Creek Golf Course, 3500 Morgan Creek Way, it is “open to anybody who’s curious” about the project, he said.

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