Previous Public Input Received
The following input and submissions were gathered by the commission through public hearings held in 29 communities throughout B.C. from September to November 2014. The public also provided input through the online submission form, by email and by mail to be reviewed and considered as the commission develops a Preliminary Report for further public input.
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    Richard Perry, Maple Ridge
    2014-11-16

    Dear Commission,

    I have lived in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge for over 26 years. When you look at the North Fraser area, there is a very clear boundary and that is the Pitt River. For as long as I can remember, the provincial riding boundaries have not crossed the Pitt River. It is geographic and psychological. Pitt Meadows and West Maple Ridge have very little community connection with Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam.

    Thus, you start at the Pitt River and move east. Understanding that the relationship between Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge is very, very strong. The area is referred to as "Ridge-Meadows", sharing a school board district, a hospital, and many community institutions.

    At some point, you divide Maple Ridge between east and west. The way it is divided now fairly accurately reflects the reality of Maple Ridge. West Maple Ridge flows into Pitt Meadows while East Maple Ridge is much closer to Mission.

    These are fast growing areas so maybe Mission won't need to be with Maple Ridge in the future, but it has been this way for a long time and it seems acceptable to local residents. We have straddled these boundaries for many, many years. I believe we should not change our boundaries and especially don't cut across the Pitt River.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Richard Perry



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