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Delta council rejects Four Winds application

Mayor George Harvie had some pointed comments about the Century Group on Monday as the majority of council voted to reject an application by Four Winds Brewing to add a new facility at the Southlands.

Four Winds Brewing applied to have a craft brewery and 200-seat restaurant in the commercial component of the development. The proposal would have seen the brewery and eatery housed in a 30,000-square-foot building that would be up to 51 feet in height. It would have contained the brewing and bottling components of the operation, while the warehousing and distribution would be handled at an industrial location elsewhere.

Council voted 4-3 to reject the proposal with Dylan Kruger, Lois Jackson and Alicia Guichon voting in favour, while Harvie was the deciding vote, joining Bruce McDonald, Jeannie Kanakos and Dan Copeland in opposition.

According to the city’s planning department, the proposed uses are consistent with the original vision for the Southlands. However, the plan drew opposition from many area residents who said an industrial use was not in keeping with the original vision of the Southlands.

Coun. Jeannie Kanakos said Four Winds had put forward an innovative proposal but the designation envisioned for Southlands clearly states manufacturing-type uses are not included.

“I’m actually surprised Century would come forward with such a bold proposal. I honestly believe our mayor and staff can negotiate a much better proposal that’s more in keeping with the vision and the commitment we made to the community,” she said.

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