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Letters: Six storeys is not wanted in Ladner Village

I hope that our new councillors will use their “discretionary” powers wisely when reviewing the Dunbar proposal
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The site is located at 4989 Bridge St. and 4905 to 4915 Elliott St. in Ladner Village.

Editor:

Re: Delta council hears Dunbar Lumber site redevelopment proposal

I would like to comment on what I believe to be misleading information posted in this article about the Official Community Plan amendment to the Ladner Village Area Plan that took place December 2021.

The article says: “While many spoke in favour at the public hearing last year, including those from the business community, council also heard opposition, primarily about the height allowance.”

Checking with Delta City Clerk the exact numbers were: 684 in opposition and only 80 in favour.

In the minutes of the public hearing you will note Mayor George Harvie distinctly said any decision about six -storeys in Ladner Village is purely “discretionary” – in other words via dictionary definitions: “not compulsory, not automatic”-  that is: “optional.”

It also needs to be said that councillors such as Alicia Guichon passionately voted against allowing six storey buildings in Ladner Village.

I hope that our new councillors will use their “discretionary” powers wisely when reviewing the Dunbar proposal and truly listen to the overwhelming majority of Ladner residents who spoke and wrote against six-storeys in our special heritage village.

Doug Reynolds

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