SURREY ASSOCIATION OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 6.30 pm
Cloverdale Public Library
Persons present: Doug Bell, Darlene Bowyer (Port Kells CA) Deb Jack (Surrey Environmental Partners), Cindy Law (CRONIC), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Liz Walker (CRONIC), Bruce and Dymphna Wood, Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).
1. Chair for the Meeting
Darlene Bowyer was appointed Chair of the meeting.
The Minutes of the last meeting were not available for approval.
3. Discussion re crime and lack of bylaw enforcement
Darlene described issues of crack houses, crime, and lack of bylaw enforcement in the Port Kells area. Similar issues in Newton were described by other attendees. She described meetings with city officials, police, and MLA’s that had brought some response to these issues after considerable effort by community volunteers.
The effectiveness of the City’s Crime Reduction Strategy was questioned. It was moved by Darlene Bowyer and seconded by Liz Walker that an e-mail be sent to Surrey ASC members requesting input re crime trends in their areas, and that a letter would be sent to the City based on concerns that are identified. CARRIED.
4. Update re Community Summit
The Coordinator reported that she has been representing Surrey ASC on a sub-committee of the Public Consultation Group organized by Coun. Barinder Rasode, which is organizing a Community Summit. This will be a one day event intended to increase public awareness of the value of community building, and it will be held next March. It will be subsidized by the City and their fund-raising efforts in the same manner as the Economic Summit, with SFU being a partner in the event. It may become an annual or biannual event.
5. Reports from Community Associations
Bruce and Dymphna Wood enquired regarding how to set up their own community association, as they feel that the Crescent Beach RA responded to some recent redevelopment proposals in the Crescent Heights area without consulting residents of this neighbourhood who may have had a different opinion to those expressed to the City by the association. Members present provided advice on this matter.
7. Any other business
The concerns now being raised by the public in South Surrey regarding a proposed casino were discussed. The Coordinator advised that at the rezoning public hearing in January, 2010, she had delivered a letter from Surrey ASC requesting that a decision be postponed pending a city-wide consultation process on location of casinos throughout Surrey (see January 21 Surrey ASC Minutes). She also spoke as a local resident and professional planner against this isolated location for a casino and questioned why the City would break its own well-established policies to allow one here.
After some discussion, it was agreed the Coordinator would draft a letter to Council reminding them that their own staff report advised them in 2010 that rezoning to allow a casino here did not prevent Council objecting to this use later, when the BC Gaming Commission considered whether or not to approve it.
8. The next meeting of Surrey ASC will be at the call of the Executive.
9. Adjournment - 8.45 p.m.