The following letter was sent to Mayor and Council and copied to Delta Optimist
I took the time to attend the public session last evening (Jan. 11) for the new development in Ladner.
I had received some very negative comments from some of my friends who live in the proximity of this proposed development and wanted to see for myself if their fears were valid. They had expressed to me that their 150-year community didn’t need a six-storey development and that Ladner was just fine as is, and while I understand their sentiment, I wanted to educate myself.
The first thing that I learned was that the Official Community Play had laid out in plain English that this type of building is what the plan had envisioned for this property. It makes sense to me given the location of the piece of land situated to the north of the town centre. I believe that density of the town core is critical to the survival of the businesses which are the heart of the community.
What really impressed me about their plan was firstly that they are building rental units and we so desperately need rental units in South Delta. Secondly I noticed the detail in the architecture, they have incorporated the heritage of Ladner in the design, it is a truly a remarkable piece of work.
I know that there will be extreme pressure on you and council to stop this proposal, I am just hoping that you have the fortitude to bring Ladner into the 21st century with this bold plan.