Conservation society campaigns to stop proposed Burns Bog development

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A map of Burns Bog shows the areas that MK Delta wants to develop. Photo courtesy of www.delta.ca.
A map of Burns Bog shows the areas that MK Delta Lands Group hopes to develop. Photo courtesy of delta.ca.

Reported by Jenna Tytgat

The Burns Bog Conservation Society is making a last-ditch effort to halt a development in the bog.

The society is hoping to convince the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission to turn down a MK Delta Lands Group proposal to develop an industrial park on just over 40 hectares of the bog, even though the development has already been approved by Delta council.

The society is urging residents to write letters to the commission, and potentially Metro Vancouver later on, if the commission passes the project.

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The Burns Bog Conservation Society launched a campaign to try and stop the development of a portion of Burns Bog. Photo by Jenna Tytgat.

Conservation conversation

MK Delta owns roughly 202 hectares of Burns Bog, split into four parcels of land. MK Delta has offered to hand over more than 121 hectares of Burns Bog for conservation purposes in return for roughly 40 acres for development.

“[The Burns Bog Conservation Society doesn’t] think it’s right. If MK Delta was really keen on protecting the environment, they would offer up all four pieces of land,” said Aliya Khan, communications and research assistant at the society.

Choice of land was strategic

Teresa Cooper, director of communications at MK Delta, said that the choice to develop that part of Burns Bog was carefully thought out.

“We were looking at two different pieces of property to develop, and … we had encouragement from all levels of government for the piece of property that was chosen,” Cooper said. “That piece of property was chosen because it had the least environmental impact.”

The conservation society doesn’t agree with the trade-off that Delta council accepted.

Andrea Frustaci, president of the Ladner Business Association, says that he knows the conservation society has very good points, but that he feels like MK Delta has explained why their solution is the best.

“I think just the location is prime for that kind of development,” Frustaci said. “There’s not a lot of land out in B.C. any more in the Lower Mainland that can be used for this stuff.”

If the letter campaign fails and the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission approves the project, the proposal will be brought before Metro Vancouver.

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