Opinion

Fertile land worth preserving

I note with interest that our local MLA Guy Gentner is to make a stand against the Liberal government’s treaty with the Tsawwassen Indian band, which involves a considerable acreage of fertile ALR lands becoming a place to store or stockpile freight containers.

As the author of the second approved ALR plan in the province and the first director of planning for the North Okanagan Regional District, Vernon, I had numerous verbal threats from developers and farmers, I stood firm and the plan was approved in Victoria.

When one drives through our municipality it is evident the provincial government and the Victoria bureaucracy, which has an island mentality, is against the wishes of Delta council not supporting huge glass houses on ALR soil.

Unfortunately, the province of B.C. does not have a land use appeals body nor tribunal, which is the norm in other provinces, and other western countries, so we see all levels of government getting away with irresponsible land use decisions.

There is a saying, “You can’t beat city hall or government agencies.”

Please wake up Lower Mainland residents, arable land is worth preserving.

T. John Connelly

Delta

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