PAUSE 1000 Acre High Density Development in Anniedale-Tynehead
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PROJECT: 7918-0305 (this is only one section of the NCP [2 lots], but will open up the entire NCP and kick start development in the area. The initial developers are using these lots to get their 20 year Development Works Agreement and begin the construction of a series of pumping stations).
The entire NCP (zoom in and read the legend):
- Anniedale-Tynehead is a beautiful, forested area, adjacent to an agricultural part of North Surrey, home to countless WILDLIFE species, many types of second growth TREES and diverse PLANT species.
- It forms part of the important tributary system for the Serpentine River, which is home to Chinook, Coho and Chum spawning runs and provides clean water for SALMON, trout and wildlife in the watershed.
- There are plans to convert this area into a dense urban development; a new NCP that will increase the population in the area, according to the City, by up to 20,000 residents and according to the developers by up to 30,000 residents (factoring in suites)
- There could be profound impacts on the watershed and AGRICULTURAL LANDS below this proposed development. Increase in impervious surfaces can increase flooding.
- Salmon habitat will be harmed or destroyed; extensive riparian areas will be irrevocably damaged. There are plans to ELIMINATE a red-coded watercourse around 172nd and 92ave.
- TRAFFIC CONGESTION in the proposed development area and surrounding neighbourhoods could reach unsustainable levels and the widening of arterial roads will further harm the environment, wildlife and residents of Surrey. Look at what has resulted from the over-development of Clayton.
- We call upon Mayor Doug McCallum and the newly elected Surrey City Council to halt any further planning or development in the Anniedale-Tynehead area until all impact studies have been completed and made available to the public and Council has informed and consulted with the citizens of Surrey. Developers should not be allowed to drive decisions based on profits, because there is so much more at stake.
- WE NEED INFRASTRUCTURE to catch up before allowing any more dense developments to occur (a HOSPITAL, more POLICE, better PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNITY CENTRES).
- We call for SMART DEVELOPMENT guidelines to be applied, which were promised during the election. We were promised a PAUSE to development.
- The developers are petitioning for a DWA (developers pay for the cost of bringing in services [water and sewer], BUT anyone wanting to connect to those services will have to PAY the developers and pay ADDITIONAL connection fees). Even if you just want to build a house on a property, and not develop it, you still must PAY THE DEVELOPER because you will be required to connect to the services there. These agreements have always been 10 years, then a few years ago were extended to 15 years. The developers in this case want them to be extended to 20 years so they will recover their costs. What a lot of people don’t know is, if you WAIT until the term is up to connect to the services, you do NOT have to pay the developers the DWA fees.
Along with the environmental impacts, we, the taxpayers, will be saddled with paying for: First Responders, Policing, Fire protection, Ambulance services, Health Support Services (hospitals [we already have ridiculously long wait times at the hospital] and clinics), Road infrastructure (construction, upgrading, maintenance), educational facilities, and recreation facilities.
The initial developers made contributions to previous Mayor and Council. This concerns us as to their intentions and how development will progress in the area.
$25,000 to Surrey First from Beech Westgard; also, some personal listed contributions. This was right before the contribution restrictions came in ($1200 limit). See page 11 (copy and paste in browser)
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