SURREY ASSOCIATION OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

 

MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7.00 pm

Port Kells Community Hall, 18818 88 Ave.

 

Those present: Darlene Bowyer (Port Kells CA), Doug Bell, Leonore Bradley (Guildford Community Partners, Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), George Davies (Royal Heights Park Group), Rick Hart (Fleetwood CA), Deb Jack (SEP), Debbie Lawrence and Irma Bijdemast (East Panorama Ridge CA), Heather Nelson (Fraser Heights CA) Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Wally Sandvoss (Port Kells CA), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator, Surrey ASC).

 

1. Approval of Chair

Darlene Bowyer was appointed Chair for this meeting.

 

2. Agenda

The Agenda was approved with a number of additions. Due to other priorities, discussion on the strategic plan was postponed until the end of the meeting.

 

3. Discussion re proposed hotel and casino in S. Surrey

This item was advanced in the agenda as promised in e-mails to members before the meeting.

This proposal, which is due for public hearing on Jan 25, was discussed with particular reference to whether more casinos are needed in Surrey, which is a city-wide issue. The lack of a proper consultation process was emphasized.

It was moved by Wally Sandvoss and seconded by Barb Paton that Council be informed that Surrey ASC considers that a city-wide consultation process should be carried out before a decision is made to rezone this property for a casino. CARRIED

Rosemary advised that there are a large number of policy issues regarding the proposed site at Highway 99 and 12th Ave. and that she would be attending the public hearing as a S. Surrey resident to advise Council of them.

 

4. Approval of Minutes

The Minutes of the November General Meeting were approved as presented.

 

5. Reports from Member Organizations

* Wally reported that all the heritage plaques in Port Kells are now in place.
* Velma advised of an Emergency Preparedness Program that would be useful for all residents.
* Bonnie advised of a pancake breakfast on Feb 6 from 8-11 am, run by community groups. A notice about this will be sent to all members.
* Debbie spoke about the new community association in E. Panorama Ridge, which is faced with a number of new development proposal issues. She cited misinformation given to Council in a staff report.
* Rick spoke about the City’s approach of setting up focus groups to resolve issues and that such groups lead people to the answers the City wants.

 

6. RF Zoning proposal

Rick commented that the Public Forum he helped organize was very successful.

Rosemary advised that she, Rick, Rob Langford, and Bob Campbell have been invited to meet with the Mayor and Ken Bassi and Peter Simpson regarding the RF zone issues on Jan 25. An issue arising from this is what approach we should take regarding the stop work orders in the RF zone. Rick advocates pressing for the stop work orders to be proceeded with so that illegally installed additional floor space should be removed now. Rosemary argues that it should wait until the issue is resolved and that people should not potentially be put out into the street.

It was moved by Rick Hart (who has now re-joined Surrey ASC) and seconded by ? that the City be advised that Surrey ASC supports the continued prosecution of stop work orders that are currently on hold in the RF Zone. CARRIED

 

7. Sustainable Living Forum

Rosemary reported that the forum has now been scheduled from 9.30 to 1 pm on March 6, at the Surrey Arts Centre. Speakers include City staff, Kwantlen Institute of Sustainable Horticulture, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), BC Hydro and a local interior designer. Program details will be provided later.

 

8. City Sustainability Indicators and Checklist

Rosemary advised that she is attending City focus group meetings that are developing indicators and targets to implement the City’s Sustainability Charter.

She also attended one meeting regarding a proposed checklist for developers for sustainability features. Both she and Barb, who attended a similar meeting with the Heritage Advisory Committee, are concerned that this checklist has no teeth and developers do not have to take any notice of it. A letter has been sent to the City, approved by the Executive, expressing these concerns.

 

9. Meeting with Councillor Rasode

The circulation of potential dates for a meeting with Coun. Rasode regarding our concerns about Surrey’s public consultation process, has produced very differing preferences from members, due to the Olympics. So we could not suggest a suitable date to her. Coun. Rasode advises that she is intending to hold 5 public meetings, one in each district of the City, and community associations will have an opportunity to discuss their concerns with her then.

 

10. Housing Action Plan

A draft plan was presented to Council on Dec. 14 and referred by Council to a shirt-sleeves session. This is less than a month after the City’s social planner attended our meeting and asked for us to identify issues. We have had no input into the proposed policies. The Plan mentions that Surrey ASC was consulted and it contains specific recommendations eg that one suite per single family dwelling be made legal, which we have not discussed ourselves. A number of people, on reading the Plan have already concluded that Surrey ASC is supporting the one suite per dwelling. In view of this, it was agreed that we would advise the City that we wish it known that we have not taken a stand on whether to support one suite per single family dwelling, and our comment to the Housing Action Plan staff is that we feel that this is a very complex issue which is probably beyond the scope of the HAP to resolve and which needs a full public consultation process.

 

11. OCP Major Policies Report

At its Dec. 14 meeting, Council received a staff report with proposed policy changes as part of the OCP review. Two public meetings are proposed. Council referred this to a shirt-sleeve session. Deb is concerned about proposals to cut the park space standard per thousand of the population. There are a number of other proposals that we should be keeping an eye on as it goes through a public consultation process.

 

12 Regional Growth Strategy

Metro Vancouver is currently seeking input to its latest draft. Members who attended some of the public meetings commented that the Plan seemed to be being watered down, with metro level planning becoming weaker and municipal powers becoming stronger.

 

13. Beautification Program

It was noted that nothing has yet emerged from the City regarding its Neighbourhood matching Grant program

 

14. Financials

Rosemary reported that the United Way has given us until March 31 to expend our grant and then they want any unspent funds returned to them. The Sustainability Forum has a budget of $2000. As we have no other large events planned, we may have to return some funds to them.

 

Next Meeting

Due to the Olympic Games, the February meeting will not be held. The next meeting will therefore be our AGM on March 18. Our strategic plan is going to have to wait until April for discussion.

 

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.20 pm.