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Large subdivision proposed in St. Lawrence Heights

A New Westminster-based developer is looking to create a subdivision with more than 200 lots in the area of St. Lawrence Heights.

A New Westminster-based developer is looking to create a subdivision with more than 200 lots in the area of St. Lawrence Heights.

Century Group Lands Corp. is looking to build a mix of single-family and multi-family homes on a 34-hectare area south of St. Lawrence Avenue, according to a report going before city council on Monday. The site is currently a mix of undeveloped residential land and greenbelt.

"In order to ensure that connectivity to neighbourhood parks in the... area and existing greenbelt is not lost as a result of the proposed single residential development, the applicant has offered to construct trails, sidewalks, and paved pedestrian walkways linking surrounding neighbourhoods to greenspace," city acting deputy manager Ian Wells wrote in his report to city council.

Paved pedestrian walkways will connect the subdivision's sidewalk network to the greenbelt to "ensure connectivity to the greenspace and existing neighbourhood parks," Wells added.

A site plan included in the report going to council shows the proposed subdivision would be divided into two sections, separated by a greenbelt area with a trail.

The northern section, including more then 70 lots, would be accessed from the south end of Eastview Street and the west end of Vista Ridge Drive.

The southern section, with more than 150 lots, would be accessed from the west end of Southridge Avenue, past Glen Lyon Park.

The proposed development is going before city council on Monday for first and second reading. City administration are recommending that council not hold a public hearing on the issue until the developer submits a traffic impact study.

The developer has proposed putting a covenant on the properties, limiting the number of duplexes to 10, the number of townhouse units to 50 and that no building in the development is to have more than six units.

The St. Lawrence Heights area is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the city, with homes assessed at $1 million or more not uncommon, and few valued at under $600,000.