Location of a planned graveyard in Surrey.

Cemetery plan delayed

Surrey council sends development plan back to staff to clarify some of the uses

Emotional pleas from neighbours have sent a plan to build a cemetery in South Surrey back to city staff.

A developer is looking to build a cemetery on four hectares (11 acres) of land next to the existing Hazelmere cemetery on 19082 16 Ave.

Carmella Sandhu lives right across the street,and is currently trying to sell her property.

She told Surrey council at a public hearing Monday that a couple of people have backed out of buying her home when they found out the cemetery was planned.

“We definitely oppose this application,” Sandhu said.

She told council her family never would have bought the property nine years ago had they known there would be a large cemetery planned for across the street, which is now an agricultural zone.

“I implore you not to approve this application,” she said.

Coun. Tom Gill asked that the application be sent back to staff so that traffic issues could be addressed and some of the descriptions of use could be clarified.

His motion was passed unanimously.