Minutes of Meeting, February 21, 2008

 

(This meeting followed on from the AGM)

Present: Darlene Bowyer (Port Kells CA), Doug Bell, Leonor Bradley (Guildford Community Partners Society), Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), Bob Campbell (West Panorama Ridge RA), Rick Hart (Fleetwood CA), Jane Hayes (Ocean Park CA), Deb Jack (Surrey Environmental Partners), Rob Langford (Fraser Heights CA), Audrey Love (CRONIC), Tanja Michelle (Bolivar Heights CA), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Grant Rice (South Westminster CA), Wally Sandvoss (Port Kells CA), Rob Terris (Tynehead CA), Liz Walker (CRONIC), Joanna Whittingstall (Fraser Heights CA), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale CA), Fred Weber (Ocean Park CA), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).

 

1. Appointment of Chair

Rob Langford was appointed Chair for this meeting.

 

2. Approval of Agenda

Moved by Barb Paton and seconded by Wally Sandvoss, that the Agenda be approved. CARRIED

 

3. Minutes

Moved by Barb Paton, seconded by Bonnie Burnside, that the Minutes of the January meeting be approved as circulated. CARRIED

 

4. Guest speaker

Jean Lamontagne, the new General Manager of Planning and Development for the City of Surrey spoke about overall growth issues in the area S. of the Fraser, particularly the potential impact of the Province’s carbon tax of 2.4 cents per litre of gasoline. This area is expecting population growth of 40% in the next 25 years.

He pointed out that this area is very underserved by transit compared with Vancouver and that the overall transit plan is still Vancouver-centred, while 80% of trips are within the region, not to Vancouver. The issue is how to change the modal split S. of the Fraser, where currently 3% of trips are by transit, compared with 20% in Vancouver. About 600 new buses would be needed in this area to bring transit trips up to the regional average.

 

Until these transit issues are addressed it is very difficult to build more compact communities. Council has demonstrated its concerns by putting a moratorium on development in the Hazelmere area until the Official Community Plan is reviewed.

 

He noted a number of actions being undertaken to discourage urban sprawl, e.g., sustainability check lists, housing density bonuses and transfers, and the Province reviewing green building and energy codes.

 

Jean expressed his willingness to meet with Surrey ASC in future, to respond to particular concerns.

 

5. Business arising from the Minutes

(a) It was reported that Ocean Park CA has sent a letter advising the United Way that they are willing to act as sponsor for Surrey ASC with respect to the anticipated grant. Thanks were expressed to Fred Weber in facilitating this arrangement.

(b) The Coordinator reported that three requests for proposals (RFP’s) had been sent out to workshop organizers/community development professionals and one response has been received, from a community developer who is not available until mid March. There was some discussion as to whether it is now possible to organize a workshop for May/June. It was agreed that the Executive would investigate a smaller event, perhaps with one main speaker, which could be organized by volunteers.

(c) With regard to the City’s Sustainability Charter, concern was expressed that although several Surrey ASC members were invited to the Mayor’s special preview of the proposed charter, they were apparently invited as a “cross-section of citizens”, not as representatives of Surrey ASC. Surrey ASC was not invited, even though we have a letter from the City confirming that we are considered a stakeholder.

It was agreed that a letter should be sent to Mayor and Council reiterating our interest in participating in the development of the Charter.

 

6. Any Other Business

(a) An e-mail from the City’s Beautification Coordinator was discussed, regarding further input to this program. Concerns were expressed that the program is being limited by a pre-approved program that is staff rather than community driven and which might not be in the most appropriate locations. It was moved by Rick Hart and seconded by Bonnie Burnside that representatives from Surrey ASC arrange to meet with the Beautification Coordinator to discuss these issues. CARRIED

Rick Hart, Bonnie Burnside and Tanja Michelle volunteered as representatives.

(b) Concerns were expressed that the City’s Crime Reduction Strategy has insufficient funds to implement its recommendations. It was moved by Darlene Bowyer and seconded by Rob Langford that a letter be sent to Mayor and Council expressing Surrey ASC’s support for the Crime Reduction Strategy, and urging sufficient City funding to achieve its implementation. CARRIED

 

7. Reports from Communities

(a) Ocean Park: Traffic calming measures that the City was proposing for 128 St/16 Ave. area have been postponed, pending the resolution of issues regarding medians along 24 Ave.

(b) West Panorama Ridge: a third application is being submitted to City Council regarding a property which was rejected twice before due to neighbourhood objections.

8. Next Meeting

7.00 pm, Thursday March 20, at Port Kells Community Hall

 

9. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.30 pm.