A letter writers wants civic candidates to respond to concerns about development in Surrey.

Questioning development

With the limited amount of land in the Fraser Valley, why do we have to give incentives to developers to build here?

Questions that should be answered by mayor and council candidates in Surrey:

1. When the revitalization of Whalley was announced, one developer indicated he was prepared to create a $1-billion project which would include a casino and commercial and residential development. Is this project still going to happen?

2. After a year, how many developers have taken out land use contracts or building permits under the policy of no taxes for three years and two-thirds the cost of development cost charges?

3. Did the developer who  took over the two towers in City Centre receive these incentives?

4. In the new City Centre, do we not presently get taxes from the landowners? Zoning creates higher values and land assessments go up and more taxes are collected.

5. According to a press release in March 2011, governments have committed $2 billion in public sector projects. Has this all been spent?

6. With the limited amount of land in the Fraser Valley, why do we have to give incentives to developers to build here?

7. If a developer doesn’t proceed with his land use contract in under three years, is he able to flip the project to a new developer? Will they start over and get three years with no taxes?

8. The mayor stated that developers contribute to new schools. How many new schools have been built under this program?

9. The mayor has stated by 2030 Surrey will have 250,000 more people. We are short of schools, hospital beds, and road improvements. Isn’t it time to slow the development down to an acceptable pace?


Dalton Jones, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society doing ‘better than we were expecting’ amid COVID-19

At one point, the board thought it might have a donation shortfall of $250,000

Delta artist John Horton named to Order of British Columbia

Honour for significant contributions made to the appreciation and safety of B.C.’s coastal history

Man arrested in ‘after-hours club crackdown’ in Whalley, Surrey RCMP say

Police say they received information about clubs, parties ‘springing up’ at commercial properties

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

UPDATE: Police have Maple Ridge hotel locked down

A large contingent of Mounties are at the Art Infiniti Hotel on Lougheed Highway

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

PHOTOS: Moving day for 110-year-old Fraser Valley heritage house

Chilliwack heritage house makes 1.7-kilometre journey to new location

Plainclothes Abbotsford police officer deletes cellphone video after drawing gun on innocent man

‘They never asked me what I was doing there, strictly came out with guns, threatening to shoot me’

CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for Aug. 7

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Construction underway on Langley’s new hospice residence

The new 15-bed facility is slated for completion in summer 2021

Most Read