We are opposed to the variance proposal for the Four Winds development at the Southlands for the following reasons:
1. It is 133 per cent larger than the current allowable size which completely takes away from the “neighbourhood feel” this area was supposed to have. They are asking for a 30,000-square-foot facility.
2. Eats up 133 per cent more commercial space that would allow for a variety of businesses to service the community instead of one big 200-seat restaurant.
3. The unknowns of smells for distillery/brewery facility of that size.
4. Large semi-truck traffic for shipping/receiving a large-scale operation.
5. Parking! They are required to allot for some parking but it is unclear how much and it certainly won’t be a huge lot on that valuable land.
6. Noise and traffic. Outdoor patio/music. Group parties/weddings.
7. Precedent for other large-scale businesses to come in?
While we would love to have a pub and craft brewery in our neighbourhood and love Four Winds, we don’t feel this industrial operation and commercial size is a good fit in a residential community.
The design plan that Delta approved for the Southlands was for a “neighbourhood market feel” community with a variety of businesses, services and residences designed cohesively together. This would not be that.
Kristin and Kevin Roberts