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Delta hosting open house on Southlands proposal

Municipal staff available to answer public's questions

Delta is hosting a public information meeting on the proposed Southlands development at the South Delta Recreation Centre next week.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, municipal staff will provide an overview of the application at 4: 30 p.m. and again at 7: 30 p.m. Between 3 and 8: 30 p.m., staff will be available to answer questions.

Delta CAO George Harvie said the open house is organized by Delta and municipal staff will be the ones taking questions, not the applicant.

The Century Group is proposing to develop 20 per cent of the 215-hectare (537-acre) site with housing, while deeding 80 per cent to Delta, most of it to be used for farming.

Harvie said comments and information will be gathered at the open house before staff prepares another report. That report will be presented to council on Dec. 17, a key juncture as council will be asked at that time how it wants to proceed.

If it moves the application further along, first and second reading would be considered in mid-January. If the application receives that preliminary approval, Harvie explained, it would then be "frozen" in Delta while it's sent to Metro Vancouver.

The regional district will be asked if it is amenable to changing the property's boundaries to allow 20 per cent for development.

In related news, one of several consultant reports for Delta recently made public looked at the risk of flooding. A transportation review, prepared by a consultant for Century Group, is also available for public viewing, as is a land appraisal and drainage and irrigation analysis commissioned by Delta.

For more information about the open house or to see the latest reports, check Delta's website at www. corp.delta.bc.ca.

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