April 2, 2019 10:09 am

Surrey councillor wants development along SkyTrain route put on hold, for now

An artist's conception of what a future Surrey-Langley SkyTrain station could look like.


Surrey Coun. Brenda Locke would like to see a freeze on development along the SkyTrain route down the Fraser Highway.

READ MORE: New renderings hint at how future Surrey-Langley SkyTrain line could look

She has served a “notice of motion” to council, calling for a hold on development applications along the route, until council reviews and approves a new land-use plan for the corridor, likely for an eight- to 10-month period.

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She says this interim hold for development applications would not include social, student or below-market affordable housing.

Locke says the idea is to limit speculation and make the best use of the lands for supporting SkyTrain and residents.

“Well, there are kind of two purposes. One is for the speculation part of it and more importantly to me, is to make sure we have all of the infrastructure in place or at least potentially in place, so we know where we are going with the development along the corridor.”

READ MORE: TransLink aims to build SkyTrain service along Fraser Hwy in Surrey by 2025

Meanwhile, public consultation on the Surrey SkyTrain project is to begin later in April.

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