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Opposition to Forewest development gathering speed

Residents of a Willoughby neighbourhood are circulating an online petition opposing development plans for 10 acres on the northeast corner of 200 Street and 68 Avenue.

This is where Forewest Construction had tried unsuccessfully in 2010 to develop 607 apartments in eight buildings, and 14 townhouses.

After a marathon public hearing which spilled over two evenings, council defeated the rezoning application at third reading.

Forewest has returned with a scaled back proposal which calls for seven apartment buildings with 475 units, 27 townhouses, four duplexes and two single family houses.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5 in the Fraser River Presentation Theatre.

"This development does not fit into the existing community, which was zoned for single family housing," the petition states.

It goes on to say: "A development of this nature will completely change the complexities of our neighbourhood. There will be a large increase in traffic on the side streets and in front of RC Garnett Elementary. There are no schools for any kids living in this development to attend. A development of this size will have a major impact on the amount of graffiti, vandalism and disorderly conduct in this family neighborhood."

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