Letters: Cart before horse

Why wouldn’t the public process cover both topics: land and project?

Editor, The News:

Re: City buying shelter land first (The News, July 13).

Just read this article about the city buying land intended for the interim homeless shelter, and then asking the public questions afterwards. All I can think of is, cart before the horse.

I pity the poor neighbourhood that gets to find out in the media that the city has bought land in its area without any consultation.

“Once we have the property purchased, we would then consult with the public on the project itself, not on the location of the property within the community,” says the chief administrator.

Why wouldn’t the public process cover both topics: land and project?

Agree on the location and what can be built there – all in one open public process. How hard is that?

Allison Welters

Maple Ridge


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