SURREY ASSOCIATION OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

 

MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 7.00 pm

Port Kells Community Hall, 18818 88 Ave.

 

Those present: Darlene Bowyer (Port Kells CA), Leonore Bradley (Guildford Community Partners),George Davies (Royal Heights Park Group), Rick Hart (Fleetwood CA), Deb Jack (SEP), Cindy Law (CRONIC), Lucie Matich (Port Mann CA), Grant Rice (S. Westminster Ratepayers), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Mike Proskow (Country Woods RA), Wally Sandvoss (Port Kells CA), Lesley Tannen (Whalley CA), Fred Weber (Ocean Park CA), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale), Joannne Whittingstall (Fraser Heights), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator, Surrey ASC).

 

1. Approval of Chair

Fred Weber was appointed Chair for this meeting.

 

2. Agenda

The Agenda was approved as circulated.

 

3. Presentation from Aileen Murphy, the City’s Social Planner

Aileen gave the attached slide show re the City’s proposed Housing Action Plan and invited comments and questions from those present. The following issues were mentioned:

- secondary suites – issues related to zoning, by-law enforcement, parking, taxes, impacts on public funding etc. It was suggested that this is such a big issue that it needs consultants to be hired to do a full public consultation process and is beyond the scope of the HAP.

- location of social housing – issues of concentration in Newton area, community consultation processes

- issue of changing demographics and need for housing for low income senior women

- some had concerns with BC Housing’s housing continuum

- defining/classifying houses with multiple suites

- boarding houses – fire safety

- manufactured homes – possibly allowing one on each larger residential lot

- rental of condo units in Whalley – problems with tenants

- parking regulations inadequate for small single family houses and townhouses.

(Aileen later sent an e-mail following up on the discussion of the concentration of social housing, and suggesting looking at the “Community Resource Maps” on the social planning web-pages www.surrey.ca/social-planning where the City has mapped the locations of social housing and other types of social services).

 

4. Approval of Minutes

The Minutes of the October General Meeting approved as presented.

 

5. Reports from Member Organizations

* Bonnie reported on road name changes in the Whalley area.

 

6. RF Zoning proposal

Rick and Grant advised of their planned citizens’ forum on Nov. 26. They have the support of a number of community associations. Surrey ASC has not been involved in this.

The advisability of proceeding with the forum now that Council has abandoned the proposed blanket rezoning in favour of area rezonings was questioned. Another approach of asking Council to extend their proposed “short-sleeve” session to include delegations from stakeholders was suggested. Some CA representatives stated they felt the forum should go ahead if only to stress the inadequacies of Surrey’s public consultation process. It was agreed that the Coordinator would e-mail the forum flyer to Surrey ASC members for their information.

Rick and Grant requested financial assistance from community associations to defray the $1000 costs.

A suggestion that Surrey ASC should resurrect the concerns we expressed to Council last year about Surrey’s public consultation process was shelved, pending the outcome of the forum.

 

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.50 pm.

 

Next Meeting

January 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM