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Letter: Adding 5,000 homes on this Burnaby property is alarming

Area resident concerns about Willingdon Lands proposal


The City of Burnaby’s Willingdon Lands master plan public consultations were held virtually Feb. 3 and 9.

I don't think they were well-attended as there were only three people in one of the virtual break-out rooms I was in.

This is very concerning that there is so little public input. It would be nice to see how many citizens participated. I've lived in the area over 40 years and as a previous parks, rec and cultural commissioner, I try to stay up to date, do the surveys like the Western Park update, and I only found out last minute for the Feb. 7 session from a mail out sent by the city to just under 4,000 households and businesses.

The developer requesting 5,239 new residences is alarming. The density is more than all the 4,000 households currently living in the area. There is no school planned and the daycare mentioned does not have any numbers, nor is a firm location on the site identified.

The transportation at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way is already super busy. Adding 5,000 more cars to that spot is concerning. I'd like to see a gondola from Kingsway to Brentwood for public transport since we are already (possibly) doing one gondola to SFU – it’s a good time.

I suggested a cap park over the freeway to help people travel north/south.

There is still time to give feedback on this. Here is the link.

Will parking wars spill into the neighbourhood?

So many questions to just rubber stamp this.

Karin Alzner, Burnaby