Marina Garden Estates residents concerned about development
Residents of Ladner’s Marina Garden Estates area are concerned about the next phase of development being put forward by Polygon Developments and Marina Gardens Estates Properties Ltd.
According to Marina Garden Homeowners Association president Stan Lawson, the proposal being considered will add huge density to the Marina Gardens area and along with it will come significant issues around traffic, parking, access and change in the characteristic of this single family neighbourhood.
"This plan is completely different than the development plan that was approved for Marina Gardens many years ago by the former council and it will have grave and negative impact, not only for the immediate area, but for Ladner as a whole,” he said.
The plan calls for 312 units of three-storey town homes and five, five-storey apartment buildings, two of which will be for market rentals. This is expected to add over 672 units in total and a potential increase in the population of well over 1,200 people.
“This is an ill-conceived plan driven purely by maximizing profit and density," said Malcolm Ashford, former Vancouver Park Board chair and 19-year Marina Gardens resident.
"It needs to go back to the drawing board before it even gets off the ground."
All the residents at the meeting voted unanimously to oppose the density being proposed and also to oppose the concept of five apartment buildings in a single family area.
It is anticipated that the plan will come before Council for the first time at a workshop on Oct. 15.
The Marina Garden Home Owners Association represents residents in Southpointe, Marina Garden Estates, Chesapeake Landing and Woodward Landing all small communities in northwest Ladner.