DNV Council halts project – gridlock concerns

From the North Shore News:http://www.nsnews.com/news/council-halts-seymour-projects-1.931636#

Given the likelihood of Harbourside – 800 units, The Shore – 375 units, other developments in the 700-800 block of Marine up to 700 new units, current gridlock, access problems – any chance the CNV Council will hit the pause button?

Quoting in part: 

“You put in an application for redevelopment or rezoning at your own risk,” he said. “I’m not eager to see too much more development happen at Seymour until infrastructure and the transportation network can tolerate it.”

As long as the pace of development outpaces transportation improvements, growth will limit access to bridges, hospitals and schools, said Eric Andersen, who was speaking on behalf of the Seymour Local Plan Monitoring Committee.

Seymour has seen 222 new units in the past 11 years. However, if developments on Tsleil Waututh land and other nearby projects are included in the tabulation, that number swells to 851 units in 11 years.

It is entirely appropriate for council to “apply the brakes” until infrastructure has a chance to catch up, according to Andersen.

The district needs to focus on sustainable development as opposed to “continuing to sprawl up our mountainside,” said Coun. Lisa Muri.

With myriad developments in various phases of completion, residents need a respite from what can be a very stressful process, according to Muri.

“The days of continuing to battle development applications needed to come to an end,” she said. “We’re just very cognizant of piling too many projects on at once.”

– See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/council-halts-seymour-projects-1.931636#sthash.FaqychVe.dpuf

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