Rezoning requested to permit a private liquor store near Crescent Beach was voted down by Surrey council Monday. (File photo)

Crescent Park-area liquor store ‘isn’t the right fit’

Surrey council quashes rezoning request for Crescent Road at 128 Street

A private liquor store proposed for a shopping complex up the hill from Crescent Beach was stopped in its tracks Monday evening, after Surrey council voted unanimously to deny third reading to required rezoning.

In moving for denial, Coun. Judy Villeneuve cited the potential impact that eased access to alcohol could have on “fueling of problems in the area.”

The vote followed a public hearing on the rezoning application, which was sought by South Surrey-based Alldritt Development Ltd. to facilitate a liquor store at 12823 Crescent Rd.

In addition to residents’ concerns and the fact such a business doesn’t meet city policy with regard to proximity to such things as playgrounds, Villeneuve – who noted she lives in Crescent Beach – named the safety of people going to and from Crescent Beach as a concern, particularly with regard to children heading to the swim club in Blackie Spit.

“We’ve made that area much more bikable and walkable that it just could be a recipe for disaster,” she said.

The rezoning received first and second reading at council’s June 12 meeting.

At the outset of Monday’s public hearing, Mayor Linda Hepner noted council had received seven letters from people supporting the rezoning, and 35 opposed. Six stood before council to express their dissent.

Resident Mark Grist, noting he lived within 100 metres of the proposed store, said he represented a neighbourhood group whose history in the area dates back as far as 1939.

Grist cited the city’s policy for where such businesses can be located as a key reason council should not allow the liquor store.

“From a purely legalistic perspective, it doesn’t meet the policy, so it shouldn’t go ahead,” he said.

A member of the Crescent Beach Property Owners Association stood to dispute a city report that noted the group had voted 18-4 in favour of the liquor store.

Members were not given notice that a vote on the liquor store would be held at the referenced meeting, which only 23 of 375 members attended, Paul Schwartz told council.

“Probably not the thing to do to construe that as being broad community support from the association,” he said.

Ryan Alldritt, whose family owns the shopping centre property, was among two people to speak in favour of the application.

The developer’s agent, Oleg Verbenkov, also spoke.

Verbenkov noted “significant improvements” to 128 Street were included in the plans, and that there would be a bigger impact to traffic and parking should a business that fits the current zoning move in.

Not only would the road improvements not be required, “if the zoning stays as it is and if the landowners find a use such as a green grocer or some similiar use, it would actually, in our opinion, be a greater load on the parking at peak times,” Verbenkov said.

Alldritt told council he has lived just a few blocks from the site for 27 years, and that his family is invested in the community.

“There’s nothing we want to do to bring any harm to the local neighbourhood,” he said.

Citing concerns raised about traffic impact, Alldritt encouraged the city to signalize the intersection at 128 Street and Crescent Road. It’s work residents and Alldritt noted city staff have reported is “at least” seven years away.

In moving for denial, Villeneuve noted the landowner has been responsible, but said a liquor store “isn’t the right fit for the neighbourhood.”

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Comic Amit Tandon will get Surrey laughing at life’s challenges

Popular South Asian comedian performing Sunday at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre

Historic cricket league aims to get Surrey into the game

As new season approaches, British Columbia Mainland Cricket League looks to hit it out of the ground

Hundreds attend sixth-annual Jim Gallagher boxing tournament in Cloverdale

Jim Gallagher Memorial Award given to longtime volunteer Ken Marjoram

Lab-closure meeting set for Friday in Ocean Park

Fraser Health to hear residents’ concerns from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ocean Park Community Hall

Surrey averaging one shooting a week in 2018

Police believe Friday night shooting in 13200-block of 62nd Avenue was targeted

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Dawson Creek man, wanted in court, sought by B.C. RCMP

33-year-old Jeremiah Alexander Smith’s vehicle found abandoned near Hope

Interest in Canadian Armed Forces remains high

Canada seeks about 5,000 recruits each year for its regular forces of about 68,000

Rules reviewed to keep drug money out of B.C. real estate

Investigator looking at loans as well as casinos, David Eby says

Most Read