19 homes proposed for north Maple Ridge

All part of Silver Valley plan, park, and trail in proposal

The new Maple Ridge council had its first look at the latest development proposal for Silver Valley this week.

The application for rezoning is to allow 19 single family homes be built at 23771 – 130th Ave., between the River Village and Horse Hamlet of Silver Valley.

The project agrees with the plan for the area and has staff support and includes the sale of some of the land to the city for development of a neighbourhood park.

Access would be off 130th Avenue and include a new road leading into a cul de sac. One feature of the park would be a pedestrian trail connecting 130th Avenue to 132nd Avenue.

Coun. Kiersten Duncan asked about a staff comment, noting that any new residents wouldn’t be able to send their kids to the nearby school. Yennadon elementary is already over capacity and kids would have to go to schools farther afield.

“That’s an issue that remains very much top of our minds,” said Coun. Bob Masse.

But there’s no mechanism whereby realtors would be forced to tell home buyers that their kids wouldn’t be able to attend the nearby school.

Council forwarded the application to a future meeting.