Homes soon for old gravel pit

A proposal to build 131 new homes along the 105-block of Jackson Road in Maple Ridge

A proposal to build 131 new homes along the 105-block of Jackson Road will fill in a large, vacant space in the growing Albion area of Maple Ridge.

Council looked at the application by Morningstar Homes during its committee meeting Monday.

While the property used to be a gravel pit, Morningstar began hauling fill on to the site last year to provide more shallow slopes in preparation for building the homes.

The total area is six hectares and will see extension of 104th Avenue eastward in order to provide access to the area.

That road connecting to Jackson Road, though, could be the most controversial part of the project, manager of development and environmental services Chuck Goddard told council. However, the right of way for that road has existed previously.

Goddard said Morningstar wants to start building next year.