Safe Sur­rey Coali­tion on pro­posed devel­op­ment in Rose­mary Heights

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Sur­rey: Sur­rey res­i­dents are up in arms about a pro­posed devel­op­ment in Rose­mary Heights. Doug Mccal­lum and the Safe Sur­rey Coali­tion vis­ited the site on Wed­nes­day to take a first hand look at the prop­erty.

Mccal­lum noted” “It’s a beau­ti­ful prop­erty that is heav­ily treed and also bor­ders on the Ni­comekl River. I kayak along there fairly of­ten.”

The Safe Surry Coali­tion (SSC) can­di­dates say they agree that they will not al­low cur­rent devel­op­ment pro­posal to pass. Es­pe­cially given the sen­si­tive na­ture of the eco-sys­tem Doug Mccal­lum and his team also prom­ise to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of pur­chas­ing the land and turn­ing it into a park. “It’s the last re­main­ing large par­cel of na­ture in the area. It’s an im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal hub for Sur­rey and it should be pre­served for the com­mu­nity and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, said Mccal­lum. The devel­op­ment pro­posal is for 285 town­house units and 23 sin­gle fam­ily homes, it’s on the site of for­mer Catholic Church re­treat.

Bableen Rana pointed out the ques­tion­able process for pub­lic in­put used in re­la­tion to this project. She said, “Sur­rey First, with coun­cil­lors Bruce Hayne and Tom Gill, failed to en­sure that Sur­rey’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process met ac­cept­able stan­dards.

The Safe Sur­rey Coali­tion will re­view and im­prove Sur­rey’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses – in con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents. Ef­fec­tive con­sul­ta­tion is a key part of our smart devel­op­ment ap­proach.” Steven Pet­ti­grew also gave voice to com­plaint that has been all too com­mon lately: “Once again we see the com­mu­nity’s de­sire for the preser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment be­ing dis­re­garded. This is very sim­i­lar to Sur­rey First ig­nor­ing 12,000+ Sur­rey res­i­dents and putting a road through Hawthorne Park. Enough is enough! It is time for a change.” Join the res­i­dents protest­ing this pro­posal Sat Sept 29th 11:00 AM at 154 St & 37A Av­enue.

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