South Surrey farmland is sought for a business park

The City of Surrey will hold a public hearing tonight for another project in the city proposing to rezone farmland for a retail park.

Mayor Doug McCallum and the rest of Safe Surrey’s majority on council recently confessed their intention to keep the federally leased Heppell potato farm in agricultural designation.

But at the council’s public hearing at City Hall this evening (7 p.m., July 25), plaintiffs Beedie Holdings Ltd. will present the case for rezoning their site at 19116 32 Ave. in South Surrey, not far from the Heppell farm.

The applicants want to change the designation from Intensive Agriculture Zone to Business Park Zone 2 to allow for the development of four multi-tenant industrial buildings ranging in size from 4,704 to 5,121 square meters.

The proposal would also reduce the stipulated side yard setbacks at the east and west boundaries of the property, as well as the required setbacks between the four buildings.

On July 11, council passed McCallum’s motion directing city staff to assess all of the city’s agricultural “food production lands” with a view to protecting them “in an effort to meet future food security needs.” “.

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He also passed McCallum’s motion that the Heppell Farm – 220 acres of “exceptionally fertile” farmland located at 192 Street and 36 Avenue – be designated as agricultural under the official community plan review that will take place next week. ‘next year.

McCallum argued at the time that protecting ‘prime’ farmland is fundamental to ensuring food security in Surrey.

On February 25, Metro Vancouver’s board approved Surrey’s plan for industrial development in the environmentally sensitive South Campbell Heights area of ​​South Surrey – a plan that has received widespread criticism from environmentalists, Semiahmoo First Nation, White Rock Council and other politicians from all over. the region.

READ ALSO: Metro Vancouver board approves development plan for South Campbell Heights in Surrey


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Amalia H. Mercado