ALC APPROVES NORTH LOUGHEED EXCLUSION

August 14, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR-2013-17
August 14, 2013
For more information, Kim Grout
Development Services and Operations/Deputy CAO
Phone: 604-465-5420 or
e-mail: kgrout@pittmeadows.bc.ca
www.pittmeadows.bc.ca

ALC APPROVES NORTH LOUGHEED EXCLUSION

PTT MEADOWS, BC - Council received word that the City's application for exclusion of 33 hectares of land in the North Lougheed Corridor has been approved by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) subject to four conditions. Those conditions include further protection of farmland, a required change in Metro Vancouver's Regional Growth Strategy and commencement of construction of the North Lougheed Connector road within three years of the ALC's acceptance of a traffic calming plan for Old Dewdney Trunk Road.

Council had forwarded the exclusion application to the ALC following an impassioned public hearing in September of 2012. The exclusion area consists of land north of Lougheed Highway between Harris Road to the west and Meadow Gardens Way to the east. It is the largest tract of commercial land left in the City and is currently designated as highway commercial and agricultural under the City's 2008 Official Community Plan and as a Special Study Area within Metro Vancouver's Regional Growth Strategy.

“They have given us the green light,” an ecstatic Mayor Walters commented. “ There is still considerable work to be done in a rather short period of time but their support is the first step in moving forward. We all agree we need to find a way to accommodate the ever increasing traffic coming from the east that aggravates farmers and commuters alike. As a Council, we are firm in our commitment to diversify the tax base, provide local jobs and preserve our agricultural roots. This decision helps support all of those things” added Mayor Walters.

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