Not just a pretty face, the bog laurel has several roles in the Lulu Island Bog ecosystem, as Micahael Wolfe sometimes explains when leading eco-tours of the Garden City Lands. (Michael Wolfe photo)

Some visions of an ALR future would leave room on the Garden City Lands for native species like the bog laurel.

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Save Garden City - the Coalition request to the Commission

The Garden City Lands Coalition Society developed a ¡§request¡¨ called Save Garden City and delivered it to the Agricultural Land Commission. It is subtitled like this:

An urgent request to the Agricultural Land Commission from the Garden City Lands Coalition in response to the re-application to exclude the Garden City Lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The Coalition provided the Commission with enough copies, in organized binders, for all six Commission panel members plus the staff working on the application. We also provided all the contents as electronic files.

Note: For each file mentioned below, the size in kilobytes (kB) will give you a sense of the time needed for downloading.

Save Garden City has several components. Besides a cover/title page (623 kB) they include:

Basic request: 1-page Coalition letter to the Commission (253 kB)

Full request: 43 pages¡Xan executive summary and three sections (753 kB)

Resources: 18 documents that fill out the sections further

Petition: 81 pages of handwritten and online signatures, as explained here

Final note: a few final words of appreciation to the Commission

You can reach the Save Garden City resources, which include some of the best content, via hyperlinks in the full request or the following list:

1        Revelations at August 14 Commission meeting (669 kB)

2        The Garden City Lands ¡§public consultation¡¨ (1,235 kB)

3        The Lands and the BC Agriculture Plan (376 kB)

4A     The muddy issue (202 kB)

4B     Our Stanley Park (209 kB)

4C     The 14,650 coincidence (164 kB)

4D     Promise in the land (251 kB)

4E     Enabling Canada Lands¡¦ green values (212 kB)

5       Richmond Poverty Response re food security (706 kB)

6       Sustainable Food Systems Park Proposal (488 kB)

7       KPU Urban Agriculture Education Concept (119 kB)

8A     Blueberry farming on the Lands (873 kB)

8B     Previous similar Richmond agricultural success (124 kB)

9A     Hon. Gerry Ritz to the Coalition (346 kB)

9B     Hon. Linda Reed to the citizens (398 kB)

10     Smart Growth B.C.¡¦s Cheeying Ho re Smart Growth (218 kB)

11A   ¡§Space Invaders¡¨¡Xthe Hochstein ALR view (674 kB)

11B   ¡§Randy to all,¡¨ Dec. 6, 2007, memo (112 kB)

12     City staff re CCAP, 2008-06-11, page 11 (59 kB)

In February 2009, the Agricultural Land Commission rejected the application.

Reminder: The Garden City Lands Coalition is a community of people who want the Garden City lands, Richmond, BC, to remain green in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) for agricultural, ecological and park uses.

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