SURREY ASSOCIATION OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

 

MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING

 

Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 7.45 pm

 

Port Kells Community Hall, 18818  88 Ave.

 

Persons present:   Rene Beggs (Bolivar Heights CA), Sandra Benz (S.Westminster RA),  Darlene Bowyer (Port Kells CA), Leonor Bradley (Guildford Community Partners Society), Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), Bob Campbell (W. Panorama Ridge RA), George Davies (Royal Heights Park), Gail Harris (S.Westminster RA), Rick Hart (Fleetwood CA) Deb Jack (Surrey Environmental Partners), Cindy Law (CRONIC), Jean McGibbon (Bolivar Heights CA), James McIonvers (S.Westminster RA), Dave Moffat (Country Woods CA), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Mike Proskow (Country Woods RA), Wally Sandvoss (Port Kells CA), Don Watson (S.Westminster RA), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale CA), Fred Weber (Ocean Park CA), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).

 

1.           Chair for the Meeting

 

Darlene Bowyer was appointed Chair of the meeting.

 

2.  Guest speaker

 

Councillor Barinder Rasode advised the meeting of her intentions to hold a public consultation process regarding the City’s public consultation processes.  She will be holding five community meetings in districts of the City, to allow citizens to express any concerns they have on this topic.  The meetings will be advertized in local newspapers.

 

During the discussion that followed, Coun. Rasode acknowledged that the City could do a better job of incorporating people’s comments into decisions, and that the last Community Associations Advisory Committee meeting had too much talk from Council and not enough listening by Council.

 

Members expressed concerns that the public is unable to attend the “shirt sleeve” sessions that Council is holding more and more of.  Coun. Rasode stated she would advocate for public attendance at such sessions. It was also suggested that Council should not approve development applications immediately following public hearings that revealed considerable public opposition to those applications.

 

Enforcement issues were described as being the root of many problems in Surrey.  Coun. Rasode advised of a staff report to the next Council meeting that is intended to address some of these issues.

 

Coun. Rasode also mentioned that the City will hold five regional meetings regarding implementation of the Town Shift project.

 

She concluded by stating that there are no guarantees, but an honest effort will be made to resolve public consultation issues.

 

 

3.           Approval of Minutes

 

The Minutes of the January monthly meeting of Surrey ASC were approved as circulated.

 

4.           Any Other Business

 

(a)  The Coordinator reported on a Housing Action Plan stakeholders’ group meeting held that morning and chaired by the Mayor. Additional members of the group are Bob Campbell, Frank Russell (Fraser Heights CA), Rick Hart, Peter Simpson, Kal Bassi and Avtar Gill.  The Mayor wishes to push ahead with addressing secondary suite issues before dealing further with RF zone concerns. Information from other municipalities has been gathered since the Jan. meeting of this group.

 

It was agreed at this group meeting that consultants will be hired to carry out a statistically valid sample survey of opinions re legalizing one suite per dwelling.  A survey will also be sent out in the tax bill envelopes in early May, to allow everyone to comment.  The Mayor was advised that this public consultation process needs an education and awareness component, to make sure that everyone knows the pros and cons of legalizing suites.

 

The group will meet again in a few weeks to review potential survey questions.

 

5.   Next meeting

 

April 15, regarding strategic planning

 

6            Adjournment

 

The meeting adjourned at 9.15 pm