On Friday, April 17th, I had the pleasure to meet both of you at SFU Harbour Centre to express my thoughts on the current proposal for the Fleetwood riding. During my conversation with Commissioner Archer and Commissioner Busson I expressed my concern with the proposed realignment of the Fleetwood boundaries and in changing it from that of a community to a riding represented purely by voters with no sense of continuity.
As a resident of Fleetwood for 24 years I have seen a lot of changes happening to the north with the growth of Fraser Heights; to the east with new developments in Clayton Heights and Cloverdale; to the South with Morgan Heights and the west including the redevelopment of Whalley and the recently opened City Hall. However, the only area which has stayed consistent through all of this growth has been Fleetwood and with limited vacant land we are the one area in Surrey which will be consistent in the years to come.
In examining the current boundaries it appears that the Commission started in the North West corner and progressed to the east which has adversely affected in keeping the communities whole. The current proposed boundaries have literally split the Fleetwood community in half by having the eastern boundary end at 160th. This proposed plan has taken not only key landmarks like Fleetwood Park and Fleetwood Sports & Leisure Centre and the surrounding residents and has them part of the Cloverdale riding. I believe the Commission should instead begin drawing the boundaries of Fleetwood, as an anchor point, first and then expand outward thus each of the six major urban centres as defined by the City of Surrey (www.surrey.ca/files/FleetwoodTownCentreLandUsePlanandUrbanDesign.pdf) will be properly represented within their respective communities.
For convenience I have included the current boundaries of Fleetwood as defined by the City of Surrey and would ask the Commission to maintain the community of Fleetwood as a whole rather than its current divisive boundaries.
Thank you for your time.