(Updated) Keep West Cloverdale ALR, a local community group working to preserve agricultural lands, is holding a meeting on August 1 regarding a proposal affecting 37 acres north of Highway 10 (56 Avenue) from 168 Street to west of Old Mclellan Road, bordering the Serpentine River. MetroVanWatch considers this to be a case of great interest — for citizens of the region to observe and be engaged in processes affecting agricultural land protection, development, regional and provincial processes.
Concerned Residents Meeting
7 pm, Thursday, August 1, 2013
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
(Corner of Bell Road/57A and Old McLellan Road)
Six owners of seven pieces of property have asked the provincial Agricultural Land Commission to have their lands excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). Related article: Residents fight application to remove land from ALR (by Jacob Zinn, Surrey Now July 29, 2013).
Removal of these lands from the ALR may allow other uses of the property in future. Download poster (Keep West Cloverdale ALR, meeting, 1-Aug-2013). Read more about this issue here: http://www.keepwestcloverdalealr.webs.com/.
This is another test case of the farmland protection versus urban development, the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy, Regional Context Statements, and municipal governance. Surrey is currently in the process of amending its Official Community Plan. See our previous post here: Surrey’s Official Community Plan – deadline July 11 for public input on 30-year plan, regional context statement.
The deadline for public letters to the ALC is August 6. Send comments in writing or by email to:
Provincial Agricultural Land Commission
133 – 4940 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 4K6
See here for other tips on what concerned citizens can do on this case.