Hello Mr. Murray,
I just wanted to let you know how happy I am, as a Pitt Meadows resident, to know that you are standing up for Pitt Meadows. The last thing we need is a "SmartCentre" here. One reason my husband and I moved to Pitt Meadows and love living here is the character and feeling of a small town. The 'look and feel' is very different from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge - to us, there are not blurred boundaries between these other areas but very distinct lines. We appreciate the small businesses and the feeling of being a part of a real community. Smartcentres destroy that - they turn beautiful farm and country land into concrete parking stretches and only provide temporary low paid employment. Working at Walmart is not considered a 'good' job - not even for teenagers.
I am not anti-development, but I do think that we have to be careful what we allow to happen here in Pitt Meadows so that we don't lose the special feeling Pitt Meadows holds. I am not happy with the industrial buildings at the bottom of Harris Road - nor are my neighbours....had they even been designed more in keeping with the look of the south Bonson area, we may all feel differently about them and consequently the businesses within them. I would hate to see this happen again - We need to balance the green spaces with the development in a way that makes us all continue to love living here.
Anyway, I am glad to know you are standing firm on the SmartCenre topic. My family supports you and I we are so glad to know someone like you is representing Pitt Meadows' interests at City Hall.