Agency Dialogue

Dialogue with Billy Ng, Real Estate Advisor for Public Works and Government Services Canada

May 4, 2021

 

Hi Nigel,

 

Thanks for the call last week to discuss recent questions raised by Brookswood Neighbours (via emails/calls).

 

As discussed:

 

1.      With regards to your “Federal Land Website” email (attached), we wish to acknowledge receipt of your email and thank-you for sharing your website with us.

 

2.      With regards to your “Future Land Transfers” email (attached), we wish to acknowledge receipt of your email and thank-you for sharing the news article with us.

 

3.      With regards to an earlier call requesting for the contact info of Indigenous groups under consultation, we will ask the Indigenous groups if they wish to be contacted and let you know.  We will likely have another meeting with them this summer and will let you know then.

  

Thanks again.

 

Billy Ng

April 8, 2021

Just got off the phone with Billy Ng of PWGSC. He advised that they are waiting for Treasury Board to approve the next stage regarding the Federal Lands. The next stage is his department going out to the other federal departments to ask if they have an interest in the property. This should happen by the end of this year. There are no plans to sell the property at this time.

 

I asked if he could reveal who the principal Indigenous group is that is involved in negotiations. He said he would advise, but needed to seek a legal opinion first.

 

We confirmed our understanding of the City of Surrey position and the Campbell Heights plans. 

 

He revealed that our correspondence to other federal departments resulted in his needing to respond as that correspondence comes back to him. I said that that has the effect of raising awareness...

Nigel Bell

Feb. 9, 2021, 3:07 p.m.​

 

Thank-you for your interest in Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)’s surplus property (“Cloverdale Site”) in Surrey, BC. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is assisting ISED in the divestiture of this property in accordance with Treasury Board’s Directive on the Sale or Transfer of Surplus Real Property, available online at: https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=12043.

 

As part of the divestiture process, we will circulate this property to all other federal departments/agencies/Crown corporations, provincial ministries and local regional/municipal governments to provide them an opportunity to acquire this property for a public purpose that could include environmental protection and/or conservation. This is in conjunction with our current, ongoing consultation with local Indigenous groups as well. The pending circulation will include a property description and, in it, will include description of the forested area (including Anderson Creek). We understand our circulation will reach all government entities with environmental protection and/or conservation mandates and programs for their considerations.

 

Based on our current divestiture schedule, our circulation is anticipated to occur later this year followed by discussions with interested entities.

 

Warm regards,

Billy Ng

Real Estate Advisor,

Real Estate Services

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Government of Canada

219 - 800 Burrard Street,

Vancouver BC V6Z 0B9

billy.ng@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca | Telephone: 604-764-5803 | Facsimile: 604-775-6634

 

Subject: Federal Land in surrey

 

Dear Billy,

I am a resident of Brookswood, a neighborhood in the Township of Langley, British Columbia. I am writing to you in regards to a piece of land, owned by the federal government, that is located on the border of the City of Surrey and the Township of Langley.

 

The approximate area of this land is along 196th-192nd, and between 36th and 44th ave. The property is on the Surrey side and is part of a long term plan for industrial development. Part of this land is actively used for farming, and I have read an email from the farmer of the land, who wrote the following; “The soil is some of the best and limited amount of class 1 soils we have in the province, and ideally situated as far as our traditional weather patterns go for early to market AG products”.

The other portion of the land is old and new growth forest. The forest is full of wildlife, wildflowers, a river, and lush trees. On any given day, you will see woodpeckers, blue jays, owls, squirrels, and in the past deer. Deeper into the forest is Anderson Creek, which appears to be an active salmon run. Along the creek are eagle nests. Several residents (including myself) have seen up to 20 eagles hunting the river and forest for food. This forest is not only home to an abundance of wildlife, and it's also one of the few forests left in the area.

 

In recent years, developers and the City of Surrey cut down hectares of forests to make space for Campbell Heights development. Please don’t let this happen to this last untouched area. The residents of the area want to continue to enjoy the beauty of the forest and all the lives in it.

 

Thank you for your support.