Is it true that land development is inevitable and desirable? Is it the measurement of a community's happiness, personal well-being and collective evolution?
I presume the majority of us that choose to live in Tsawwassen and Ladner do so because we love its peace and tranquility, in the absence of noise, pollution and overcrowding.
There must be places like our little communities where people will fight to keep rampant materialism at bay, and developers from gaining an inch in order to satisfy their blind and insatiable appetite for profit.
Small communities are sacred. They keep us in touch with the natural environment and its beauties.
In most cases, they are a temporary and necessary escape from the forced labour, boredom and stress of the workplace.
For the ordinary man or woman who chooses to evolve and awake their creative and spiritual potential, small communities are more attuned to a natural rhythm and lifestyle.
I have enjoyed living in Tsawwassen and being part of an emerging force that is setting an example for the larger community; that is to stop rampant materialism and to realize the increase of people and buildings is not a measurement of human evolution, nor a necessity.
Quality, not quantity, should be the basis and first consideration for the future of our little community of Tsawwassen.
Tsawwassen is unique because it is enclosed by the ocean on two sides, the U.S. border, its forest and ocean to the south, and the farming community to the north. Too much development will surely destroy its uniqueness and tranquility.
Like an individual, a community and its planners should focus on the building of character and the aesthetic elements; those things that support more the quality of life, and less the quantity.