So many Vancouver residents are standing up against Canadian Tire’s application for a Big-Box store on SW Marine Drive, that City Council has scheduled a third night of public hearings starting at 7:30 pm on Tues, Nov 27.

In two nights of previous hearings, most residents expressed concerns about increased traffic, air pollution and the risk to cyclists on the Ontario and Kent bikeways. Many also say a Big Box will impact local shopping areas.

Building Better Neighbourhoods spokesperson Louise Seto today called on Council to delay a vote on Canadian Tire’s application until Council decides on the new EcoDensity policy that is going before Council on November 27. Eco-Density will then go to public hearings next February when Council will make a decision on adopting Eco-Density.

COPE Councillor David Cadman has filed a motion to defer any decision on Canadian Tire’s application until Council voted on Eco-Density. Council will debate Cadman’s motion following the November 27 hearings.

At the November 13 public hearing, Planning Director Brent Toderian admitted Canadian Tire’s Big-Box proposal wasn’t evaluated in the light of the Eco-Density policy.

What: Third round of Public hearings on Canadian Tire “Big-Box”

When: 7:30 pm, Tues, November 27, 2007

Where: Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12 Ave, Vancouver

To speak at Council: call 604-873-7269 or sign up at the door.

See Georgia Straight article on Canadian Tire public hearings.

Third round of hearings on Canadian Tire "Big-Box" set for November 27.