Idea for a delta land swap is a non-starter

It won’t happen. It makes no sense for the developer. The idea also makes no sense for Delta.

The MK Delta Lands (MKDL) proposal for its property in North Delta has been the spark for controversy – sometimes characterized as North Delta’s Southlands issue.

Heather King, at an all-candidates’ meeting in North Delta, surprised all with an announcement she would champion a “land swap” that would exchange the Paterson Park lands in Ladner for the MKDL property in North Delta.

Why would someone running for elected office champion such a non-starter of an idea? It won’t happen. It makes no sense for the developer. The idea also makes no sense for Delta. Further, it makes no sense for Kwantlen – a part owner of the Paterson Park property.

Paterson Park is an enormously important piece of land for Ladner. With its size and prominent location, its development will set the tone for the village for the foreseeable future. Who in Ladner was consulted about turning that land over to a developer?

Delta needs councillors who will be forthright about their positions. It does not require councillors who are misinformed, naïve or who mislead the community.


Firth Bateman, Delta

Surrey North Delta Leader

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