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Southlands development proposal will help many people age in place

Editor: I am so tired of reading negative letters in the local newspapers written by people who have no vision for Tsawwassen.

Editor:

I am so tired of reading negative letters in the local newspapers written by people who have no vision for Tsawwassen.

I attended one of the information sessions at the South Delta Recreation Centre put on by Century and found it to be a very interesting display and presentation.

So did a number of people with whom I spoke.

Without the prodding of Century Holdings, nothing is going to happen on that piece of land but with the restricted development that is now on offer and the 80 per cent of land designated for small farming lands, we could look forward to having suitable housing to downsize to from our larger homes on huge lots. I don't want that much maintenance anymore.

I am watching the cottage being built in the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall and it is taking shape nicely. A 1,200 square foot accommodation would suit me nicely and would suit my tastes better than a condominium.

My only concern is accessibility. It was discussed at earlier phases of the plans but I note there are about five steps to the entrance and I'm hoping that this pertains only to the display model for us to investigate. Although I am reasonably fit now in my 70s I would like to think I could use the house if my needs grow for a powered chair lift and/or the use of a wheelchair.

I imagine there will be a number of people in my own age group who may have these concerns and it would be nice to know we can "age in place."

As to the number of letters against the development in a letter written by Kent Warmington, I think the council members will be savvy enough to know that those who are content with this rejuvenation for Tsawwassen sit back and wait for it to happen. It is only the NIMBY's who do not want progress.

I look forward to the public hearings process since that is the only way to assess public opinion, not by letters written by a group of "anti" organizers.

In the end, hopefully the council will have enough vision to see how necessary this is to Tsawwassen to survive the assault of outside influences which will diminish our town. Retailers unite and support this possible increase of shoppers to make your businesses more profitable.

And profit is not a dirty word which nay-sayers seem to want you to believe.

Karel Ley

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