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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    Judy Higginbotham, Surrey
    2014-10-28

    October 28th, 2014.
    To the Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission
    As a 40 year resident and a past Councillor who served for 25 years in Surrey, I feel obligated to respond to your request for proposals to the Electoral District Boundary Change commission. While reviewing the Electoral Population changes in British Columbia, two ridings in Surrey have grown 45%(Surrey Cloverdale) and 38% (Surrey Panorama). In the same time period, from your records Vancouver has grown by less than or about 10% in any of the 11 ridings. It is a fact that Surrey is growing rapidly and the population count will in Surrey will overtake Vancouver in the very near future.
    Surrey deserves its fair share of representation. Vancouver has 11 ridings, Surrey has 8 ridings and the numbers are very close - virtually the same if you consider the number of new immigrants and the number of secondary affordable accommodations.
    If the province is aiming for 54,000 pop (plus or minus 25%) for each riding then we do need boundary changes in Surrey. Representation is critical for any growing community to ensure that all the proper provincial infrastructure and amenities are realized. Many who immigrate to BC (by far a majority) now settle in Surrey. Housing costs are more reasonable and new residents can live near their respective ethnic communities that include temples, synagogues, churches and centres.
    Resulting from the lack of representation based on population Surrey loses big time. Major Transportation Corridors are at capacity more than 4 to 5 hours a work day and efficient, affordable and accessible Transit options are scattered and not made for Surry residents to travel in their own community. Traffic continues to increase and build with the approximately 1200 residents who move to Surrey each month and use a car to travel. Environmental challenges with air quality are everywhere.
    We are deficient in social infrastructure and continue to push to catch up – whether it is operational funding or capital funding for schools, shelters or homes for the homeless or proper and immediate care for mental health needs to name a few.
    The solution is to establish a riding in the centre of Surrey around the Sullivan area on 152nd and 64th Avenue to encapsulate the growth area. Leave the North Surrey ridings as they are and relieve the pressure on Cloverdale, and Panorama (central Surrey) areas by putting a riding where growth is happening and will continue to increase in the long term. Do not even consider moving the Boundaries into Langley or Delta. Representation then becomes confusing and uncomfortable to the electorate and that results in low community identity and low voter turnout. It would only be a band-aide solution at best and in the short term would not help growth areas to adjust, identify and get involved in their new electoral area.
    Know that rapid growth will continue in the future in this central area of Surrey. A new riding in the Sullivan area at 152nd and 64th will fit seamlessly into Surrey I because I know Surrey I can personally guarantee it will become a viable and inclusive riding in the major growth area in Surrey.
    Judy Higginbotham; (email removed); (address removed),Surrey, BC (address removed)



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