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Dousing complaints Coal port is spending $7M to suppress dust 3 Tropical triumph Elvis tribute artist wins competition in Hawaii 5 Shredding for a cause 10 Gym club fundraiser set for Saturday Optimist Delta Newsstand $1 YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT! WWW.DELTA-OPTIMIST.COM The Voice of Delta since 1922 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013 Alberta bound Tsawwassen curler headed to junior men’s nationals 17 PRIME RIB.... this weekend your table is ready! Mediterranean West Coast Cuisine #220-6165 Highway #17, Delta, BC 604-940-0200 Civic portion of tax bill to jump by $38 Reflection frozen in time! BY JESSICA KERR The recent cold snap has seen ice form all over South Delta, including covering parts of the pond at Tsawwassen’s Diefenbaker Park. PHOTO BY GORD GOBLE Unrest growing in ‘Garden’ Homeowners upset by density proposed for final phase of Ladner housing development BY JESSICA KERR A revised application to develop the final phase of Ladner’s Marina Garden Estates has enraged many of the subdivision’s existing homeowners. “There’s going to be blood in the streets,” said resident Bill Wheeler, who is a member of the Marina Garden Homeowners Association executive. Wheeler said residents are upset about the increased density the proposal will bring, the number of parking stalls proposed next to existing neighbourhoods and the increase in traffic. He said the proposed higher density developments do not fit in with the existing look and character of the neighbourhoods, which include many million-dollar homes. The revised proposal, which was originally made public last spring, was formally received by Delta council Monday. Located north of River Road, the first phases of Marina Garden Estates were completed in the late 1980s. Over the years several other residential phases and a golf course have been added. The 87-hectare (217-acre) site was initially approved for 1,426 homes as well as the golf course, See GARDEN page 3 604.943.6383 Delta council approved a new financial plan Monday that includes a 1.9 per cent increase to the civic portion of the property tax bill. That translates into a $38 hike for the average Delta home, although that figure will be pushed higher once TransLink and the other taxing authorities levy their charges. The $38 increase is based on a home assessed at $565,000. In a report to council, civic finance director Karl Preuss said $18 (.9 per cent) of the increase is for general services and the remaining $20 (one per cent) is for neighbourhood road improvements. “Combined with the $15 utility flat-rate increase, the overall increase in Delta charges for an average single-family home is $53,” he said. Preuss explained the municipal operating plan for 2013 includes contractual commitments, water and sewer regional costs, as well as emerging issues such as the South Fraser Perimeter Road irrigation project and evening and night shift coverage at the Delta Community Animal Shelter. The operating costs are budgeted at $172.4 million for the year, an increase of $6.7 million over 2012. The 2013 capital plan, which comes in at $55.9 million, an increase from $45.3 million last year, maintains civic infrastructure as well as funds community priority projects such as Ladner sports fields enhancements, the Harris Barn relocation and refurbishments and additional off-leash dog areas. • Flat-rate utility bills to increase by $15 — Page 3 17-1835 56th St. Tsawwassen (Behind McDonalds)

Delta Optimist January 16 2013

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