New development should respect rights of nearby residents

Does Surrey council's loyalties ultimately lie with taxpayers and homeowners or with developers?

Surrey City Council will make a decision at a public hearing on July 27 that will serve as an excellent litmus test to confirm whether their loyalties ultimately lie with taxpayers and homeowners or with developers.

Local residents strongly oppose a proposed high-density duplex development across the street from an established Grandview Heights neighbourhood of single-family homes. To approve it, council would have to ignore commonly accepted development practices and Surrey’s own development policies regarding sensitive interfaces or transitions between suburban neighbourhoods and new urban subdivisions.

New development should proceed in a reasonable, thoughtful way that respects the rights of nearby residents who want to live in their homes rather than sell to developers.

This precedent-setting decision will affect all Surrey neighbourhoods.

 

Gary Cameron

Surrey

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