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Public info meeting held on Ladner Village development plan

City council last month approved the public consultation process for the proposal
The first of a pair of public information meetings on the project was held at the Ladner Community Centre.

A large crowd attended the first public information session on a proposed major redevelopment in Ladner on Wednesday evening.

Residents came to the Ladner Community Centre to ask questions and provide feedback on the application to redevelop the Dunbar Lumber site with Delta staff and representatives with Headwater Projects on hand.

It was the first of two meetings with a second scheduled for next week.

Community Planning Director Marcy Sangret at Wednesday’s public information session said many of the questions and comments centred on design, affordability, parking and traffic issues.

She noted the information gathered at the sessions, as well as online until Jan. 23, will go back to staff for review. The city will discuss the issues raised with the applicant before a report is prepared for council, but there is no timeline yet when that report will be presented.

The Dunbar Lumber site at the corner of Bridge and Elliott is proposed to be transformed into a six-storey, mixed-use project. The new development includes a courtyard-style building with commercial space and parking on the ground floor, parking on the second floor and residential on the remaining four levels.

When the application was submitted last year, it required an Official Community Plan amendment, however, that is no longer the case as council since then has approved major changes to the Ladner Village Area Plan. It means the proposed development would adhere to the revised OCP, so a public hearing would not be required.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Ladner Community Centre’s multi-purpose room, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Residents can also an ask questions directly by contacting the city planner.