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Put Brentwood redevelopment plan on hold

Re: Booming Brentwood (NewsLeader, March 19)

I generally support high density development near Skytrain Stations.

But I'm increasingly concerned about the effect the proposed 11-highrise redevelopment for Brentwood will have on the transportation infrastructure.

Both the SkyTrain line and the road infrastructure at Lougheed and Willingdon are stretched to capacity or beyond during peak periods.

Perhaps 5,000 new residents will be added as a result of the proposed development and most of them will own automobiles. The existing road network and SkyTrain line simply can't handle such an increase.

I don't think it is possible to increase SkyTrain capacity much during rush hour, and the city's current expansion work on Willingdon is woefully inadequate.

The Brentwood redevelopment plan should be put on hold until the city is able to demonstrate it has a realistic plan for dealing with the increase in vehicular traffic that will result from the development.

Garth Evans

Burnaby

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