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The following is intended to provide the current status of the Federal land from the Federal perspective. 

January 18, 2023.

 

The following is the response to Federal Petition e-4128 (Agriculture) by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne. Innovation Science and Industry is the custodial department for the Federal Land.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of robust food systems for Canadians. The Government of Canada’s management of real property is guided by the Treasury Board Directive on the Management of Real Property. The objective of the directive is that real property is planned, acquired, used, and disposed of in a manner that supports the delivery of programs and services to Canadians while ensuring best value to the Crown. Accordingly, when federal departments no longer have a program requirement for real property, they are encouraged to declare the land surplus and return it to productive use within the community. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has been in the process of disposal of this property, in accordance with the terms of the directive, but has delayed the next step  – the solicitation of public purpose interest with relevant parties – while the Department addresses recent developments on this file."

This Federal file has now been taken over by Ben Black, Regional Manager, Real Estate Services, PSPC

 

December 22, 2022. Ben replied as per the red text that follows.

Hi Nigel:

My responses are listed below in red font.

Sending best wishes along to you as well during the holiday season!

Sincerely,

Ben Black, BA, MURP (He/Him/Il)

Regional Manager, Real Estate Services

Public Services and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada

Hi Ben,

 Thanks for the response. I have three things I would like to ask about:

  1. What is the Federal position regarding the possible inclusion of the property in the Agricultural Land Reserve? I’m unable to comment on the federal position with respect to the ALR consideration at present. Canada is considering this recent news and the impact it may have on the sale of the property and will evaluate all factors in making a final decision relative to the property. In an update recently provided to the First Nations (Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo), the City of Surrey, MVRD, the Lessee (Heppell’s), amongst other interests we indicated that Canada will be taking some additional time to hear input from the three first nations to ensure we fully document any information they may have relative to their historical use/association with the site. For that reason, the solicitation of public purpose interest to the stakeholders will be deferred until we have the information mentioned above.

  2. Is the inventory of interest in use of the property completed? If so, can you disclose those interests? It is not. As per the response to #1, this process has been paused until further notice pending important work with Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo. The three nations requested Canada pause the solicitation process to allow sufficient time to review historical use/association information with them over the coming months.

  3. Has the Species at Risk study been completed? If so, can you share? The work is underway. A draft report is expected in March 2023.

  4. Has the Indigenous interest in the property been clarified? Can you share? As per the answers to #1 & 2 above.

Best wishes of the season,

 

Sincerely,

Nigel Bell

December 19, 2022

Hi Ben,
 

Thanks for the response. I have three things I would like to ask about:

  1. What is the Federal position regarding the possible inclusion of the property in the Agricultural Land Reserve?

  2. Is the inventory of interest in use of the property completed? If so, can you disclose those interests?

  3. Has the Species at Risk study been completed? If so, can you share?

  4. Has the Indigenous interest in the property been clarified? Can you share?


Best wishes of the season,

Nigel Bell

October 21, 2022

He responded to a request for information about what appeared to be a tour of the Federal Land and that was observed by a neighbour.

To answer Shauna’s question below, we haven’t been made aware of any event taking place around the ISED Cloverdale site. It may be something that was organized by the Heppell family which we wouldn’t necessarily be privy to.

I can verify that the only activity that PSPC (on behalf of ISED) has requested on/around the property of late is an updated appraisal for the property and a Species at Risk study to examine what sensitive wildlife/ecosystems may be present.

 

I’ll verify with our client in Ottawa but they have not made us aware of anything that would involve a tour bus/politicians. The level of interest from all parties remain high on this site.

June 10, 2022. This Refers to the Latest Status of the Federal Disposal Process Currently Underway.

 

I spoke with federal Public Works today to understand the current status of the disposal process which is underway for the Federal property in Surrey that is bordered by 192nd Street and 36th Ave. ISED’s Cloverdale Site was declared surplus to its program requirements in 2016 and PSPC was engaged to undertake the necessary disposal with due diligence in accordance with TB’s Directive on the Management of Real Property. In reference to 4.2.34, PSPC plans to formally solicit expressions of public interest from all levels of governments and Indigenous groups later this year for further discussions into next year. Note that in the Directive, section 4.2.34 under heading 4.2 reads as follows:

 

Real property practitioners in a custodian department are responsible for the following: Soliciting expressions of public purpose interest in all or a portion of the site simultaneously from federal departments, agent Crown corporations, provinces, municipalities, and Indigenous groups;

 

Discussions with First Nations interests are ongoing. It was emphasized that this falls into the federal legal sphere and not under the disposal policy . It is understood that any possibility of including the land in the ALR will need to await the results of the request for expressions of interest. Action to alter the Surrey Campbell Heights plan to include the federal agricultural and woodland current use is independent of the federal disposal policy. This means that efforts to persuade Surrey to alter that plan should continue. I will post this to Beautifulbrookswood.com website. In support of our efforts to preserve these lands, please feel free to circulate this message as you wish.

Nigel Bell

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.

 

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