UPDATE FROM COUNCIL MEETING RE POLLUTION FROM CAMPBELL HEIGHTS
Monday April 24th, Regular Meeting
Councillor Arnason’s motion in regards to the Brookswood aquifer passed 7-1 (1 absent)!
“Therefore be it resolved that Council direct staff to correspond with the Fraser Health local drinking water officer with respect to concerns regarding the potential negative impact on the potable water supply further to the location of the proposed Ebco and Weir development applications in South Langley, in and around the vulnerable and unconfined Brookswood aquifer.”
In discussing her motion Councillor Arnason brought forward the following points:
-There is no benefit to the Township of Langley from the industrial development of the Campbell Heights area in South Surrey.
– As we get nearer to the completion of the Updated OCP for Brookswood-Fernridge we will have more residents exposed to the pollution coming from this area of South Surrey.
– There is a Livability Accord signed by the City of Surrey, the Township of Langley, the City of Coquitlam and Abbotsford from 2007. (This accord was put into place because these 4 cities are projected to receive 55% of the population growth in Metro Vancouver over the next 10 years following 2007 and the majority of the growth over the next 25 years.) This accord provides a framework to collaborate planning issues that will affect neighbouring regions and communities.http://www.surrey.ca/city-government/3044.aspx
– Water management is an area of joint jurisdiction between the province and local governments, as such local governments have the power to put measures in place to protect drinking water.
– Metro Vancouver is examining the air quality applications in the Campbell Heights Business Park based on discreet and select information but isn’t looking at the cumulative effects of a series of similar proposals nor the risk to the sensitive and unconfined Brookswood aquifer.
The Drinking Water Protection Act (http://www.bclaws.ca/…/bcl…/document/ID/freeside/00_01009_01) Part 5 creates a framework for a drinking water protection plan. It may be initiated by a local authority by making a request to a drinking water officer (someone from Fraser Health) and any subsequent drinking water protection plan must be approved by the Minister.
Thank you to everyone who went to Monday’s meeting to show support for Councillor Arnason’s motion!