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Councillor wants more meetings in Surrey next year

Last Updated Sep 22, 2019 at 6:17 pm PST

Surrey City Hall (NEWS 1130 File Photo)
Summary

Councillor Brenda Locke says she wants to see additional council meetings added to the schedule

The request was denied by majority of council, with the Mayor saying extra meetings would be "unfair" to city staff

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A Surrey city councillor says the city is falling behind when it comes to getting through long development applications.

With development on the rise, Councillor Brenda Locke says she wants to see additional council meetings added to the schedule next year so there will be more time to look at proposed projects.

“Smaller cities than ours have more meetings than we do and we’re a very busy city. We need those times to meet and certainly to do the people’s business,” she says. “We go very fast through both land use and our regular council meetings and I really feel there’s a lot of pressure on us to fly through that file.”

Locke says having more meetings would mean less packed agendas, allowing them to focus more on each proposal or issue.

The request was denied by majority of council, with the Mayor saying extra meetings would be “unfair” to city staff.

Locke says she plans to pursue the issue. As it stands, there are 20 council meetings scheduled for next year.