LETTER: Candidates must curb overdevelopment

The Editor,

Sustainable development is defined as meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. Overdevelopment is characterized by a lack of public consultation and building with higher-than-appropriate housing density, without planning for necessary future infrastructure and services and the costs to maintain them.

City councils led by former mayor McCallum and current Surrey First Mayor Dianne Watts all too often preached the former and practiced the latter.

With high-density housing subdivisions spreading across Surrey like an out-of-control cancer, a mayoral candidate who is serious about sustainable development must be willing to curb overdevelopment immediately – because the current problems of a shortage of police on the streets and the disappearing tree canopy are potentially just the beginning of our troubles.

Gary Cameron

Surrey

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