Coldstream neighbours debate development

The development of a piece of rural property in Coldstream has dug up both support and opposition.

A five-lot subdivision is on track to extend into rural land at the end of Palfrey Drive East.

The public had their say on the subdivision Monday evening and while some neighbours are all for the development, others aren’t as keen.

“I just don’t see how this development is going to be an asset,” said Donna Miller, who has lived on Palfrey Drive East for 25 years and enjoys the peace and quiet of the area and doesn’t want to see the rural property developed.

Some Priest Valley Court neighbours agree.

“We find that there will be a lot of impact to our property and the enjoyment of our property,” said Carole Fillion.

Neighbour Les Brandt adds: “Part of the reason that I bought there is for the view down there (over the rural land). Had I known there was going to be a subdivision going there I never would have bought it.”

An added strain on roads and infrastructure plus increased traffic is another concern some neighbours have.

Meanwhile several neighbours on Coldstream Creek Road show no objection to the subdivision and are encouraging it to proceed.

“I have no problems whatsoever,” said Mark Scott. “We used to own that land and it was intended to have that property subdivided at some time.

“And it is time.”

After hearing all the public input, Coldstream council will decide whether to provide the necessary amendments to zoning and the Official Community Plan.

“I think it’s a good fit for this parcel,” said surveyor Jason Shortt, representing the applicant.


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