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Re: First Brentwood mall tower approved (NewsLeader, April 18)

I oppose the density bonus legislation that allows for higher towers in town centres.

Contrary to what the mayor believes, there has not been sufficient consultation with those most impacted by the bylaw. Consequently, we see increasing resistance and frustration each time a new project comes before city council.

This time the mayor defended the development, noting that “while media reports often point out opposition to a project, the record shows many at the public hearing were in support of the development.”

Thanks to Google and “the record,” we can map where the support of the development comes from. Of the 47 addresses that gave support to the project (I didn’t include addresses outside Burnaby), only seven, or about 15 per cent, were within a one kilometre radius of the project.

Some of the seven would be farther if they have to drive the distance. Nine other voices of support came from only four addresses. Most of the support came from north of Hastings Street, south of Canada Way and east of Holdom Avenue.

It is easy to support something like this when the consequences don’t directly impact you.

Rick McGowan


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