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Archive for January 10th, 2008

Want to see what a real transit plan looks like?

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If so head on over to Paul Hillsdon’s web site. The file is a 30 MB pdf but well worth downloading and saving. He shows Translink how transit planning should be done – but hasn’t been done like this since I have been here. And it is far more accomplished than the South of the Fraser transit plan that the Mayor’s recently rejected.

For one thing this is a labour of love and commitment. Anything that has to be done by any bureaucracy has to be a committee process, which almost guarantees that any creativity or initiative is killed early on. Interdepartmental rivalries and professional jealousy are much more important than producing something that might actually improve the lives of the people of the region. It does not look as though it has been dragged through several rounds of re-editting, which all  public sector reports get, which turns the language into a sort of meaningless mush. And it looks good too.

And of course the one man who will dismiss this plan out of hand is Kevin Falcon. Because the last thing the ex-realtor and puppet of the development industry wants to see is a real alternative to his pet project.

Written by Stephen Rees

January 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Posted in transit

Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club (Shato Holdings) proposal

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Back in June, I wrote about a proposal to develop land in the ALR in Tsawwassen. A comment appeared for that post last night, but unless you were looking for it, you probably wouldn’t notice. This issue is not really about Mr Toigo or his other holdings – it’s about loss of farmland and how Delta Council is ignoring the Official Community Plan – spot rezoning.

Since it refers to an upcoming hearing that people might feel the need to attend here it is again

You may be interested to know that Delta Council has referred the Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club (Shato Holdings) proposal to Public Hearing to be held January 22 & 23, 2008 at the South Delta Recreation Centre, 1720 56th Street, Tsawwassen, starting at 7pm.
Canadian Wildlife Service has expressed concerns about this project and a letter to Delta from Dr. Robert Elner (CWS) is one of the attachments to the Report to Council re this development. It can be found (with some searching) at: / What’s New? / Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club Redevelopment / Reports and Related Documents / Jan 7, 2008 – Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club Redevelopment at 16th Avenue and 52nd Street (Shato Holdings Ltd.) / scroll to the bottom of the Report / Click on ATTACHMENTS / Attachment I – Letter from CWS dated August 22, 2007 / If you’ve come this far, you’d be a welcome participant at the Public Hearing. Please come and alert others that have an interest in this issue.
Kent Warmington

Written by Stephen Rees

January 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

Posted in Urban Planning