Southlands proposal gets go-ahead

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Photo by Anne Murray

The Greater Vancouver Board of directors has given the go-ahead the the controversial Delta Southlands proposal.

A round of applause rang through the boardroom as councillors voted in favour of the plan that will see 950 built in the Southlands, with 80 percent of remaining land under municipal control. Delta Councillor Ian Paton  says while he understands concerns from those opposed:

“I have got a line up of 15  farmers that have all said ‘hey, if you can get this 80 percent, we can spend nine million dollars on improving the drainage and irrigation. We need more land, we’re always looking for more land to rent’ and so Delta is going to be a landlord to farmers that want to rent some more land.”

The board voted 93-31 in favour of the proposal, against the Metro Vancouver staff recommendation.

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