Garden City lands survey was misleading
Re: “Support for Garden City lands split,“ Sept. 20.
I am writing in regards to the Innovative Research Group and their misguided survey on the Garden City lands.
This company misrepresented the situation when it stated in its survey “in fact, lands in the ALR may only be used for agricultural and not for other community uses.” This statement is false.
This statement tricked the people who answered the survey into believing that removing the Garden City lands from the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) was the only way to gain use of the land for recreational purposes, this is a deceptive way to do a survey.
I have to ask who paid for the survey?
I have contacted the Agricultural Land Commission, which governs the ALR, and it has confirmed to me that the land could be used for recreational purposes, but that the city would have to make an application for it under the Parks Act.
History has shown that it is common for the Agricultural Land Commission to approve these applications.
The Canada Land Company needs to change its position and delete the requirement to remove the land from the ALR to allow for transfer of the land.
Without this change, the land will not likely change hands because the Agricultural Land Commission has received a lot of interest from the community and is well aware that the people of Richmond do not want more development and the only way to guarantee that is to keep the Garden City lands in the ALR.
Our fair city is being infested with high-rises and open space is critical for our future. The rate of development is frightening. Our city council is developer driven and has ruined massive areas of our city. The citizens of Richmond do not trust them to maintain this green space for eternity.
The Canada Lands Company can truly benefit the people of Richmond by removing the ALR condition and allowing us to maintain this incredible open green space for future generations.