Petition to Don Furniss, Ruth Nishikawa, Sandy Currie, Donelda Hayes, Allen Edwards, Linda Barrick-Spearn, Gault McTaggart, Phil Harding, Jean-Ann Baranik, Terry Ledger, John Klinck, Paul Wiancko, Lori-Lynn Giaschi Pacini, paul kelly, Nancy Alcock, Bob Young, Scott Aitchison, Shane Baker, Larry Braid, Sandy Cairns, Steve Clement, Peter Cooper, Paisley Donaldson, Robert LaCroix, Terry Pilgar, Graydon Smith, Karin Terziano, Brian Thompson, Tony Clement, Norm Miller, Samantha Hastings, Summer Valentine, Scot Weeres
Save Muskoka lakes from overdevelopment
We would like the Township of Muskoka Lakes and the Muskoka District Council to protect our environment by enforcing current residential setback and density restrictions for any residential construction proposed on commercial or resort designated or zoned lakefront properties.
Petition to Alberta government and Canmore Town Council
Canadian Rockies becoming un-bear-able. Protect the Bow Valley's remaining wild spaces now
You have a chance right now to make all the difference for the future of Canada’s wildlife. The Rocky Mountain parks are among Canada’s true jewels — places that all who live there, have visited, or who wish to visit hold dear to their hearts. They symbolize our deep respect for the land and all that it provides, and they allow the world to witness Canadians’ dedication to conservation and environmental leadership. The Issue The town of Canmore is situated between two of the largest protected areas in the Canadian Rockies — Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country. The continentally significant valley in which Canmore is situated is not protected under Parks legislation, and has experienced exponential development growth over the last couple of decades. The footprint of the town now sprawls up both the northern and southern slopes of the valley, and threatens to sever the movement of wildlife species between their habitats in Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country. The Bow Valley — where Canmore is situated — is a gravel bed river ecosystem, which is relatively rare in the protected areas of the Canadian Rockies but provides prime habitat for grizzlies, elk, wolves, deer and other animals. The Bow Valley is well known to be a critical route in the movement of these species between the parks. The movement of large mammals through the valley and the survival of those that make it their home are threatened by the human activity and development in Canmore. If the pressure becomes great enough, these animals will no longer be able to move through, and their populations on either side of the movement corridor will become isolated from one another. Isolated populations eventually “wink out” as they lose the genetic diversity that makes them resilient to disturbances like climate change. What can we do to ensure that this does not happen? Wildlife corridors Wildlife corridors are areas of land reserved for animals so that they can: • move freely while looking for food; • migrate safely and effectively without human interference; • find mates in other regions, promoting the genetic diversity that is critical to the survival of wildlife populations. Since the early 1990s, Canmore has been ground zero for research into how wildlife corridors work and why they are necessary. Due to the work of local governments, hundreds of conservation organizations, scientists and researchers, we now know a lot about what is needed for a wildlife corridor to be functional for all the species who use it. Currently there are a number of developers looking to expand the development footprint within the Bow Valley by building commercial and residential real estate, including a casino, a massive conference centre, more than a dozen hotels, housing, and commercial businesses within and around the Town of Canmore. When combined, these developments would double the size of town to 34,000 residents in a relatively short span of time. With such growth, the residents of Canmore are concerned that wildlife will no longer be able to disperse and maneuver through the valley. How you can help? Please take these 2 simple steps: 1) Sign this petition asking Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, to conduct a cumulative impacts study that takes into consideration ALL current and foreseeable large-scale developments in the Bow Valley. 2) Write your OWN LETTER outlining your concerns to the decision-makers below. Address your letter to Roger Ramcharita at the email address provided and copy Shannon Phillips, Cam Westhead and Canmore town council. We’re asking Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks to: 1. Conduct a cumulative impacts study; consider the impact that the decisions we make today will have on future generations of wildlife and people; 2. Protect Canmore and the Bow Valley’s very unique ecosystems, which need to be preserved in order for wildlife in the entire region to flourish. Use the very best science and use the precautionary principle in making decisions about the future of wildlife in the Bow Valley. We’re asking the Town of Canmore Council to: 3. Not issue new approvals on development proposals that would expand Canmore’s footprint until a cumulative impacts study is conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force. Note that we are not calling for a moratorium on all development, just a pause on approvals of new, large-scale developments on undeveloped lands at the edges of the town. 4. Consider instead of resort-driven growth (such as casinos, hotels and conference centres), refocusing on growing the area as a centre for environmental and scientific research, particularly pertaining to the conservation of wildlife and wilderness. This petition to be delivered to: Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks: AEP.Minister@gov.ab.ca Cameron Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane: email@example.com Canmore Town Council: firstname.lastname@example.org Roger Ramcharita, Executive Director, Alberta Environment and Parks, South Saskatchewan Region: AEP.email@example.com **Photo credit: Amanda Allard Photography (amandaallardphotography.com)**
Petition to Mary Nordstrom, Jennifer Innis, Nick DeBoer
Stop the condo building in Caledon East!
Caledon East is changing - and changing fast. Sometimes change can be for the better, but other times it isn't what's best for the community. Caledon East needs to make its voice heard to STOP the plan and zoning amendment for the property on the corner of Old Church Road and Atchison Drive - the vacant lot across from city hall. The lot was originally going to be a commercial unit and town square, however the developer has filed an application with the town to increase the the height of the unit and put in underground parking. The developer wants to create an 85 unit condo building. We don't need condos - we need green space - a space for our community. This is not a done deal. We have a chance to stop this amendment. But your voice needs to be heard. Sign this petition and it will be brought forward to council. Even better, send the petition letter included to let the Town of Caledon know that you oppose this amendment. Your voice needs to be heard to stop this amendment. Help stop this condo building from being built in Caledon East!
Petition to Christopher Atkins, Linda Hepner, City Clerk
Don't eliminate Greenside's natural space with high density development
This petition is for residents and visitors to Surrey BC. We've all seen the negative results of Surrey's high-density development of numerous green spaces: more property crime, traffic congestion, overloaded schools, insufficient parking, noise and the loss of mature trees. Next up is the natural area in the centre of Greenside Estates (development proposal file# 7915-0393-00). Residents walk their dogs in the natural area, play with their children, and watch the ducks in the duck pond. Cramming 236 townhouse and stacked townhouse units into that 6.4 hectare area will destroy this much needed natural space and detract from the livability of the area. Even those who do not directly enjoy the natural area or pond will be affected by this proposed development. Traffic and congestion of the adjacent 60th Avenue, 192 Street, and Fraser Highway will unavoidably worsen. Parents of students who attend Latimer Road Elementary have reason for concern, because this development would put an additional 236 families right next to the school. It would also add additional students to Clayton Heights Secondary, which is already over-capacity by more than 330 students. This additional load may result in larger classes, more portables, or changes to the school catchment areas. This development proposal should not be approved. Development should be lower-density and limited to the portion of the green area that is closest to Fraser Highway so it doesn't interfere with the pond or detract from the livability of the area.If you are a resident of Surrey, please sign this petition and let Christopher Atkins (Surrey Planning & Development Department) at 604-591-4327 or firstname.lastname@example.org know that you don't want this development. Quote file number 7915-0393-00.To see what this green space and duck pond looks like, check out:http://greensideestates.imgur.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgD__hUrxHMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui8HGmQCAg0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cZ0k0sAP6ETo see the current development proposal's status and developer's contact information, see:https://apps.surrey.ca/Online-Development-Inquiry/?year=15&seq=0393
Petition to Adam Olsen, Marvin Hunt, Andrew Weaver, John horgan, Helen Chan, Jean Lamotagne, Roni Gill, Preet Heer, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Ken Hardie, Shawna, Tory, and Jennifer, Kim Grout, Christopher Lumsden, Christopher Atkins, Lana Popham
STOP the removal of agricultural land in Port Kells (9010 192 ST & 19403 88 Ave)
File: 0749021 There is a proposal to convert over 65 acres of agricultural land into industrial land in a residential neighbourhood of Port Kells. cosmos.surrey.ca Project number: 15-0196-00 https://apps.surrey.ca/Online-Development-Inquiry/?year=15&seq=0196 Land that was NOT originally part of the Port Kells NCP and was to be maintained as part of the agricultural land reserve (ALR). https://www.surrey.ca/files/AnniedaleTyneheadNCP.pdf The development is being proposed at 9010 192 Street and 19403 88 Avenue. The land is located in front of and behind dozens of homes, beside and behind Art's Nursery, across from Port Kells Park and just steps from Port Kells Elementary School. There are 2 creeks running through the property as well (Bartesko Brook, which is red-coded class A, and Latimer Creek). The City of Surrey defines Class A (RED) as "Inhabited by salmonoids year round or potentialls inhabited year round." https://www.surrey.ca/community/3660.aspx The City of Surrey is supposed to be preserving agricultural land and conserving salmon bearing streams. They should NOT be allowing ANY developers to remove ANY land from the agricultural land reserve. Such proposals should be rejected. Once you allow one developer to pull land out of the ALR, others will be quick to follow. How will you deny them after approving someone else? It will only be a matter of time before that entire chunk of land gets pulled out of the ALR, along with other properties in the neighbourhood. The City of Surrey website (https://www.surrey.ca/city-services/1320.aspx) states: "The City of Surrey is committed to protecting and enhancing natural and environmentally sensitive areas from harmful development." This is an environmentally sensitive area, so why the discrepancy? If someone wants to construct a single family home and there is a creek or agricultural land in close proximity, there are strict rules and regulations. Yet developers can build on agricultural land and near/over creeks? There is already a lot of industrial development on the other side of the highway (Port Kells North) and it should remain there. Port Kells South should remain residential and predominately ALR. There is no need to encroach on a sensitive, protected, environmental area. Furthermore, Port Kells Park is across the street and Port Kells Elementary is located around the corner. Building an industrial complex steps from an elementary school and a park is NOT a safe decision, considering an industrial complex will bring thousands of cars and trucks into the area. Not only will it increase pollution and damage to the environment, it will also increase the risk factor for children and their families. There are various reasons that this proposal should be denied. PLEASE do NOT allow the removal of anymore land that is part of the ALR!!! Allowing this development will change the configurations of this neighbourhood forever and have disastrous impacts on the environment!!! You will make a HUGE mistake that you will NOT be able to undo!!! Along with signing this petition, PLEASE write letters to the City of Surrey. This is TIME SENSITIVE. Attn: Helen Chan City of Surrey Planning and Development 13450 104 Avenue Surrey, BC V3T 1V8 OR email Helen Chan at the City of Surrey, who is in charge of this project, with your comments/concerns at email@example.com A big THANK YOU for your support! It was brought to my attention that the address on the sign traces back to Beech Westgard. Their website (http://beechwestgard.ca) under "current projects" states: "Anniedale, Surrey, BCAnniedale consists of a 100 acre parcel of land with 1km of Hwy 1 frontage and a future 192nd street-Hwy 1 interchange, on the northwest corner of the property. Beech Westgard has assembled the land and is currently in the planning and rezoning phase." But this specific parcel listed on the board only equates to 66.788 acres. So does that mean they have acquired the surrounding land as well? Which is also ALR, except for a little portion in the northwest corner of the property. Which means they would have to pull the remainder of the land out of the ALR to develop it as well. Or have they acquired the land further down 88 Avenue (all the way to the 200 Street interchange) and will create a massive 100 acre industrial complex once they pull this land out of the ALR? If they own that land as well, they should develop that parcel of about 33 acres and leave the ALR alone! Something's not adding up. It's interesting how this specific land was LEFT OUT of the original future development proposal for Port Kells, but is now suddenly being proposed to get rezoned. Turns out, the developers were already part of a meeting at the city regarding this matter. Details of the meeting are listed on pages 5 and 6 of this document. https://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/MIN_AFSAC_2017_09_07.pdf "The proposal does not comply with several aspects of Council Policy No. O-51 (Policy for Considering Applications for Exclusion of Land from the Agricultural Land Reserve), including the requirements for a 2:1 replacement ratio or 1:1 replacement ratio with compensation supplemented by other improvements." So as of their meeting in September 2017, these developers weren't proposing either replacement or a combination of replacement and compensation. They wanted to only provide compensation. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.
Petition to The Township of Muskoka Lakes
Stop over-development in Muskoka on Leonard Lake
Leonard Lake is a beautiful headwater lake that drains into Lake Muskoka, but this last stretch of natural shoreline on the lake, along with endangered species habitat and prime wetland is in danger of being lost. The owners of this property have registered an application to re-zone and sever this mile of shoreline, adding five development lots to the one in existence, and to expand the road, potentially setting the stage for further development. This is the second application that the owners have filed to sever and rezone this property. The current application asks the Township for an exemption to the zoning by-law to get around the rezoning requirement and an Official Plan Amendment to counteract the fact that Leonard Lake is still considered an “over-threshold waterbody”. This application is a disguised waterfront sub-division and we strongly oppose this development. Smaller lakes such as Leonard are vulnerable to development activity and decisions taken by Townships regarding land use changes on small lakes are precedent setting for all of Muskoka. We believe that the fight to prevent the development of this last stretch of undisturbed shoreline on Leonard Lake is a watershed event and worth the engagement of Muskoka residents far beyond the borders of this lake. The approval or denial of this development application will be determined September 12th and 14th at the Township of Muskoka Lakes hearing and public meeting and we need your support to defeat this application. Please help us to protect Leonard Lake and protect Muskoka by signing this petition and where possible, attending the hearings. Your comments are greatly appreciated, they will be shared with Township decision-makers prior to the hearing.