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Maple Ridge's Jackson Farm Stays in Green Zone
Regional board votes to save farm
Metro Vancouver has rejected a controversial Maple Ridge application to take Jackson Farm out of the Green Zone.
The decision has hailed as great news by Friends of Jackson Farm, a grassroots lobby group that has been fighting to save the farm from development.
"I think it was the right decision and that was the decision I was hoping for. It doesn't necessarily mean that the fight for Jackson Farm is over," said member Stuart Pledge.
Meanwhile, David Laird of Damax Consultants, which planned to develop the property for the landowners, said his clients were "very shocked and upset" by the decision. The TIMES was unable to reach the owners for comment by press time.
Although Jackson Farm didn't get taken out of the Green Zone Metro Vancouver voted to exclude five other Maple Ridge properties, opening them up for development. That decision concerned mayoral candidate and current NDP MLA Michael Sather.
"Unfortunately the rest of it still sets a pretty strong precedent that you can get land out of the Green Zone, which paves the way for more applications to remove land," he said. In order for a Green Zone exclusion to pass there ... more

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