Still ‘lots of work to do’ on annexation issue
November 12, 2013
To the editor,
We would like to thank everyone who took an interest in the proposed annexation of the Byers Peak meadow, who shared their concerns with friends and who voted in the November 5th election.
While Referendums 300 and 301 have been defeated, we still have lots of work to do to ensure that the Byers Peak Properties (BPP) development contributes to what makes the Fraser Valley special and pays its fair share of development costs and Town and County expenses. Byers Peak Properties has the rights to develop this land, but they shouldn't be able to add to their property rights at our expense. Zoning and development controls should protect all of our rights. We certainly appreciate that the County Commissioners hosted last night's development sketch plan review in Fraser so that it was easier for community members to share their observations and concerns. We also need to remain engaged in Town of Fraser considerations. Any contract for the BPP development's use of existing water and sewer systems should require BPP to pay its share of both infrastructure and operating costs. As the Town considers our need for augmentation water, we must ensure that they identify, evaluate and present all reasonable alternatives.
Thanks once more to everyone. Please continue to stay in engaged and share your opinions about these important community decisions.
FraserJane Mather and Andy Miller