DELTA, BC (December 14, 2012) The Southlands development project proposed by the Century Group for the Delta community of Tsawwassen would be good for business, provide needed housing in Delta and offer open space and natural habitat for community use. That is the position of the Delta Chamber of Commerce based on recent survey of its members.
A majority of the 104 chamber members responding to the survey, conducted between November 30 and December 11, 2012 indicated support for these features of the proposed development project.
Overall the survey indicates a 65% positive response to the statements of potential benefit of the project, a 23% negative response and a 12% neutral response. The survey was distributed to businesses, organizations and individuals among its 400 members.
The Delta Chamber Board sent a letter to Delta Council speaking up for these business and economic development features offered by the proposed Southlands project.
“Speaking up as the voice of business for all of Delta,” says Delta Chamber Board Vice Chair Orv Nickel, “we do speak up for small sized businesses here, the shop owners, the local service providers and home-based businesses which play an essential role in any community such as Tsawwassen and Delta, as we do throughout BC and across Canada through our networks.
“After listening to our members through the survey, our Board of Directors presents the Chamber’s support of the business and economic development features of Southlands, but appreciates that there are other key factors which Delta Council must consider in reaching its decision. We, of course, think what’s good for local businesses is good for the community where most of us live as well as work. Some of our members do not support the business benefits of the proposed project and we need to listen to them too and share their concerns.”
The Delta Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit corporation of member businesses and community organizations, established in 1910, to promote growth and prosperity of members by providing discounted services, networking opportunities to generate mutual benefits, and advocate for the interests of the Delta business community with all levels of government.
Orv Nickel, Vice Chair or Peter Roaf, Executive Director