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Public Hearing for Southlands ALR Application on March 1st

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Tsawwassen Area Plan Public Hearing

On Tuesday, March 1st (7:00 pm, South Delta Recreation Centre) a Public Hearing will be held to determine if Delta Council will prepare an application to include Southlands in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). This decision was made based on a report filed by Delta CAO George Harvie on February 4th, and unanimously approved by Council on February 7th.

The community based organization, Southlands the Facts, will be presenting a petition with over 1000 signatures to support the application to return the Southlands to the ALR. The on-line petition was launched on Friday, February 18th and support has poured in from citizens of Delta as well as throughout BC and Canada.

The Public Hearing represents a long line of contentious meetings regarding the Southlands. This piece of farmland was the cause of the longest public hearing in Commonwealth history and a resident run plebiscite in 1989, which prevented a 2000 unit development that was proposed for the same property.

“Throughout this process the majority of the community has voiced their opinion to maintain the agricultural designation of the Southlands,” stated Dana Maslovat, one of the organizers of Southlands the Facts, “The petition results show this support and that the citizens want the extra protection of the ALR to ensure it stays agricultural into the future.”

The Southlands was originally in the ALR, but was removed by a Provincial Order-in-Council in 1981, even though its exclusion was rejected by the Agricultural Land Commission due to the high soil quality. In 1988 an application to change the designation to accommodate 1900 homes was eventually rejected, following the longest public hearing in Commonwealth history.

 

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