In one of the first editions of your paper this month there was an article which indicated several parties were cooperating in finding a solution to the tent camps, and that the ADBA (Abbotsford Downtown Business Association) was contributing $10,000 to this effort. Part of the solution was a suggested two-acre industrial site.
I find it ironic that the ADBA was so concerned that the C7-zoned area might be compromised with a non-conforming use such as the Abbotsford Community Services-proposed housing project.
However, no mention is made of any objection to the similar non-conforming use for the suggested industrial site. Not only that, but the city would have to relent on the usually required on-site and off-site improvements, as well as the required sanitary sewer connections.
It seems once again the ADBA’s intention is not to get the homeless off the street but remove the problem out of their sight.
Would you not agree the facts speak for themselves?
John Klassen, Abbotsford