LETTERS: Developers come first

Editor:

Re: Opponents say rejection will be short-lived, Aug. 5.

Editor:

Re: Opponents say rejection will be short-lived, Aug. 5.

As someone who has been a supporter of the City of Surrey and council, I was shocked and dismayed as to how residents were handled by council relating to the duplex development on 26 Avenue.

Notwithstanding more than 350 signatures of residents opposed to the application, council berated the residents who attended the July 27 meeting that we needed to compromise, that council was reluctantly sending back the application and that there would only be one more chance in September before this application was approved.

They were unanimous in their praise for the architect/applicant.

In response to the numerous presentations by residents, the architect/applicant said he now felt like it was not to be heard. In truth, the people who are not being heard are the longstanding residents of Grandview Heights who moved to this part of the city in good faith, have paid substantial city taxes over the years and whose primary concerns are upholding the spirit of the city’s own Neighbourhood Concept Plan for this area.

Council seems to have forgotten what was written in the NCP, but the fact that 350 signatures gathered in less than two weeks at the height of summer seems to hold little concern for them is astounding.

What is also incongruous is that council approved two applications for single-family homes adjacent to the proposed duplex property to fourth reading. Council seems to think it is reasonable to put duplexes on 26 Avenue surrounded by single-family homes on a quiet residential street, so council is not even holding to their own precedents.

Council cares more about developers than it does about taxpaying residents. That is why most of the green areas in our city are being torn down in favour of primarily high-density developments.

What is also irresponsible is that little is being done to add to roads and infrastructure, meaning greater congestion and a poorer quality of living. This is the ‘future that lives here’ in Surrey and, after almost 20 years in this city, we have now decided to reluctantly leave it.

Tracy Redies, Surrey

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-vehicle crash leads to argument in South Surrey

Police investigating after one driver left the scene

Fire truck, police car hit in chain of crashes on Hwy. 99 in South Surrey

‘People weren’t paying attention,’ says Surrey assistant fire chief

Greedy family’s maid overcomes them all in Surrey Little Theatre’s latest play

‘The Late Christopher Bean’ is staged at Clayton-area theatre for a month starting Jan. 23

Final Four set at Surrey RCMP Classic, where a new champ will be crowned

Guildford Park beats Semiahmoo, ending Totems’ three-year championship run

City of Surrey spends $1.2M on winter maintenance – so far

Total budget of $3.7M; 7,000 tonnes of salt used

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Should winter tires be mandatory in the Lower Mainland?

ICBC dial-a-claims go up as winter storm takes toll

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Abbotsford bank ATM robbery thwarted by woman standing her ground

Police arrest alleged known robber running down South Fraser wearing balaclava

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

Dad of missing Abbotsford woman charged after allegedly exposing himself in park

Barry Shpeley charged with sexual assault and assault

Most Read

l -->