After a decade of community consultation and dialogue on the future of Southlands, I’m writing to thank everyone that actively engaged in the vision and planning for Southlands. Whether you were part of our Southlands Community Planning Team; actively supported the planning in other ways; or perhaps you were someone who expressed concerns or ideas about the future of the land and approached me or the Southlands team with an aim of having your say — I appreciated all of the people that I met and learned from in this process.

On Friday the 23rd of May the Metro Vancouver Board gave Third Reading to the Regional bylaw that approves the Southlands plan.

The over seventy percent majority of Metro Vancouver Directors voting in favour of the Southlands plan affirms the decision of Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and Council that voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Southlands plan in November 2013

As well as thanking the community, I want to thank Mayor Lois Jackson, Delta Council and the Metro Vancouver Directors for their leadership in recognizing the opportunity the Southlands Plan brings to the community and the region. It has been a long road of community dialogue and I’m thankful that positive hope for the future of the community prevailed, both for the future of Tsawwassen and Delta as a whole.

While there is much work to be done before ground breaking occurs, all of the efforts of Century Group and The Corporation of Delta can now be turned to implementing the approved vision of a new neighbourhood of homes and the exciting opportunity of a Southlands Community Farm.

Thank you for all of your support!

Sincerely,

Sean Hodgins
President, Century Group

Delta's Mayor Lois Jackson describes Southlands as "one of the most astounding (proposals) I have had the opportunity to see" — Southlands will be a pedestrian oriented neighbourhood based on the concepts of sustainable design, where nature is preserved and local food and agriculture play a key part in the community.

80% of the Southlands Property will be dedicated to the Municipality of Delta for public use, which will include the creation of a Community Farm, the preservation of key natural habitat areas and the creation of a Market Square.

 

 

At almost 300 acres in size, Southlands creates what will be one of the largest Community Farms in North America.

 

 

 

Southlands has been designed to be a walkable, sustainable, mixed-use neighbourhood that centers around the Market Square and integrates with the Community Farm. A diverse range of housing options will be available to address the needs of different generations, from small cottages to live-work studios.

Southlands Market Square is where the community will come together to experience the Farmers Market, local eateries, artisan shops and services.

 

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