A revised application to develop the final phase of Ladner's Marina Garden Estates has enraged many of the subdivision's existing homeowners.
"There's going to be blood in the streets," said resident Bill Wheeler, who is a member of the Marina Garden Homeowners Association executive.
Wheeler said residents are upset about the increased density the proposal will bring, the number of parking stalls proposed next to existing neighbourhoods and the increase in traffic.
He said the proposed higher density developments do not fit in with the existing look and character of the neighbourhoods, which include many million-dollar homes.
The revised proposal, which was originally made public last spring, was formally received by Delta council Monday.
Located north of River Road, the first phases of Marina Garden Estates were completed in the late 1980s. Over the years several other residential phases and a golf course have been added.
The 87-hectare (217-acre) site was initially approved for 1,426 homes as well as the golf course, a 220-room hotel, a marina, a neighbourhood pub and limited commercial uses.
To date, eight neighbourhoods have been constructed totaling 619 homes.
While the initial plans largely consisted of single-family homes, the revised proposal for the remaining neighbourhoods includes 737 housing units, only 65 of which are single-family or duplex dwellings.
The remaining units would either be in one of four five-storey apartment buildings (360) or three-and-a-half-storey townhouses (312).
Last October, Marina Garden Estates homeowners packed the association's annual general meeting to hear an overview of the reviseed development and voted unanimously to oppose the density of the project.
"The proposal being considered will add huge density to the Marina Gardens' area and along with it will come significant issues around traffic, parking, access and an incredible change in the characteristic of this single-family neighbourhood," association president Stan Lawson said at the time.
"This plan is completely different than the development plan that was approved for Marina Gardens many years ago by a former council and it will have grave and negative impact, not only for the immediate area, but for Ladner as a whole."
A public information meeting on the proposal is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Ladner Community Centre from 7 to 9 p.m.
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