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The hearings into the poposed Silverdale developmnet have gone on so long that the council has now conceded that the decision cannot be made before the next civic election.

Damion Gillis is claiming this as a big victory for opponents of the devlopment, which will now become a “wedge issue”  in the election. Of course the proposal has not been stopped yet, but it is an encouraging sign that sanity may prevail.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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  1. Perhaps they now have time to address sustainability, something obviously absent in the proposal so far. Perhaps Mission could accommodate more growth within it’s existing urban framework to take the development pressure off forested lands, sensitive habitat and agricultural land.

    The Going Green section of the weekend Vancouver Sun had an article on Portland which evidently accommodated a 50% increase in population growth over 25 years with only a 2% increase in it’s land base, while also protecting and enhancing neighbourhood character. That is the promise of infill. Check out also their increase in transit and bicycle use. Portland is the greenest city on the continent, and we can learn from them.

    http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=c6d6c9de-fff6-48f1-8787-b9eef980720c

    Meredith

    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm


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