Vancouver Province: Richmond council concerned about airport mega-mall’s impact on traffic, neighbours

Richmond’s city plan should trump discount Prada pumps.

That’s what city council is saying this week after a meeting where officials spoke out against a new mega-mall of designer outlets planned near the airport.

The luxury goods outlets are slated for construction on Vancouver Airport Authority lands, with site work beginning this summer and the first phase with 97 stores opening as early as fall 2014.

But the city is concerned the mall contradicts the official city plan to centralize commercial development along No. 3 Road and the Canada Line to maximize transit use, and will create traffic.

“It’s not on any transport route. It isn’t well serviced by buses at this point. We do not have the inherent infrastructure to bring people to and from the mall,” said Coun. Derek Dang.

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