The site of a proposed 42-townhouse development, at 28 Avenue and King George Boulevard. (Tracy Holmes photo)

OK to sacrifice density for trees: Hayne

Council refers South Surrey townhouse project back to staff

An application to build a 42-townhouse complex on 2½ acres in the 2800-block of King George Boulevard in South Surrey has been referred back to staff, following a unanimous vote by Surrey council.

Ekram 68 Project Ltd. had asked for a development variance permit, a Local Area Plan amendment and a zoning amendment bylaw to put seven buildings on a triangular-shaped piece of property at 2845 and 2855 King George Blvd. and 15073 27B Ave.

Setbacks were sought to ensure room for the required visitor parking.

The proposed density and tree removal were key concerns of residents who spoke at a public hearing held prior to council’s April 9 vote.

Architect Doug Johnson told council the proposal followed a long design process that included “a lot of public involvement.”

“We’ve gone through great lengths to try to do the best we can and accommodate our neighbours’ concerns,” he said.

In making a motion to refer the proposal back to staff, Coun. Bruce Hayne cited density and tree loss.

“By the very nature that we need a development variance permit with setbacks just to accommodate the visitor parking and so on, I think… I would like staff to look at some added tree retention, and if it means sacrificing a little bit of density on the site, I’d be fine with that as well,” Hayne said. “It just seems to be trying… to get just too many units on a very awkward site.”

Seven people voiced their opinions during the public hearing, with the majority opposed to the project in its current form.

In addition to “massive” tree loss, speakers named engine noise and exhaust from residents of the proposed development, as well as an increase to traffic as among concerns.

Immediately prior to the referral vote, council voted 6-3 against giving the application third reading. Couns. Tom Gill, Mike Starchuk and Vera LeFranc supported third reading.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Hundreds of volunteers collect, wrap toys in Surrey at Sikh elementary school

Guru Nanak Free Kitchen, Sikh Academy partner together on annual toy drive

Road safety plan in the works for Surrey

Council to consider hosting ‘Vision Zero’ summit in new year

City of Surrey looks to reduce building permit wait times

Staff targeting a 10-week average processing time

Surrey considers 75% discount on senior rec passes, drop-in admission

Council to vote Monday on proposal to deeply discount rates for residents over 70

‘A promise is a promise’: Cloverdale lantern festival opens, two months late

After months of delays due to permit issues and uncooperative weather, Art of Lights finally opens

MAP: Christmas light displays in Surrey, Langley and beyond

Send us pictures of your National Lampoon-style lit-up homes, nativity scenes or North Pole playlands

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

Hundreds attend Hells Angels funeral in Maple Ridge

Body of Chad John Wilson found last month face-down under the Golden Ears Bridge.

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Gas prices to climb 11 cents overnight in Lower Mainland

Hike of 17 cents in less than 48 hours due to unexpected shutdown of Washington state pipeline

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Most Read