A model at the first public information session about the proposed Scott Road highrise featured a 35-storey residential building, commercial space and townhouse units, with an underground parking area. The updated application includes an access lane to Scott Road, as well as 119A Street. (Grace Kennedy photo) A model at the first public information session about the proposed Scott Road highrise featured a 35-storey residential building, commercial space and townhouse units, with an underground parking area. The updated application includes an access lane to Scott Road, as well as 119A Street. (Grace Kennedy photo)

LETTER: Proposed North Delta highrise not right for community

Proposal “is not just a small variance from the approved area plan, but a significant departure.”

Dear Mayor and council,

I attended the second public information session on Nov. 29 where “updates” to the proposal for the new 35-storey highrise were presented.

While I will complete the feedback form and return it to the planner, I felt compelled to share my immediate feedback with all of you as our elected representatives.

I live on Gilmour Crescent and have been very open in my opposition to this specific proposal. I am a reasonable individual and was looking for the second information session to show all of us that Delta and the developer are listening to the community.

Summing up the session yesterday is easy: it was a large waste of our tax dollars and our time. Throughout this process, Delta staff have been clear that the outcome has not been pre-determined, [but] the message heard last night in many side conversations is that this project is already a “done deal.”

SEE ALSO: North Delta highrise application updated ahead of second round of consultation

I feel betrayed (by Delta) and insulted (by the developer) at the same time. Along with a second entrance/exit, the project proposes providing Delta with a stretch of new sidewalk and a daycare (with all the costs and liabilities, I’m sure).

Have we fallen so far as a community that this is what it takes to move a contentious project forward? This tower proposal is a tipping point for North Delta that will shape our neighbourhoods and community for decades to come.

Significant effort and dollars went into the development of the North Delta Area Plan. At the end of the process, it was felt that the final compromise by all involved was a good vision for the community. What has changed?

This tower proposal is not just a small variance from the approved area plan, but a significant departure.

I know that [opposition to] this proposal is growing significantly and wonder why council remains silent. Is that part of the process?

If it is, it’s time for this council to show leadership, stop this project and ensure that future developments more closely represent the plan that all North Deltans see as the future of this community.

Dave Dube, North Delta

Just Posted

B.C. government grants $250K to help robotics students

Two high schools in North Surrey among schools benefiting from grant to First Robotics BC

Mother of accused charged in connection to Surrey teen’s murder

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Bhavkiran Dhesi

Delta looking to add over 30 dedicated pickleball courts by 2022

The program would see eight outdoor pickleball courts built in North Delta before the end of 2019

UPDATE: No one hurt in fire at Surrey care facility

It happened at the Czorny Alzheimer Centre, in the 16800-block of 66th Avenue

2019 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair Round-Up

Looking back on the community events, rodeo and country fair that took place over May long weekend

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban ‘smacks of defiance’

The new law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected

On-duty Vancouver police officer facing dangerous driving charges

Few details have been provided about the case

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

5 to start your day

Corgis put on a show at the Cloverdale Rodeo, family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras remembers him and more

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Feds launch tourism strategy designed to boost sector 25 per cent by 2025

The fund is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths

Most Read