A meeting regarding a truck park proposed for the 19200-block of 16 Avenue drew a crowd to Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club last December.

South Surrey riverside truck park off table for now

Developer looking for 'more agreeable' land use for South Surrey site

Proponents behind plans for a truck park on 77 acres abutting the Little Campbell River in South Surrey have withdrawn their  rezoning application.

Patrick Giesbrecht, spokesman for proponent GG Metro, told Peace Arch News this week that the company sent notice to the city Wednesday of the decision. A news release was issued that evening.

The announcement comes one week after Giesbrecht confirmed to PAN that GG Metro was considering “other uses than industrial” for the site, and had agreed to be involved in the City of Surrey’s Local Area Planning exercise.

The moves were in response to local opposition to the truck-park plans.

It was a year ago, when council endorsed the preparation of an LAP for the area south of 16 Avenue near 192 Street, that those plans were shared. Coun. Tom Gill made a surprise request to push the application forward ahead of the LAP.

Members of environmental groups that watch over the fish-rich Little Campbell were highly critical, and cited concerns that pollutants from such a facility would threaten both the river and the Brookswood aquifer.

Other concerns included the impact to traffic along the already-busy 16 Avenue, and food security.

Members of Langley Township council also chimed in, with one councillor proposing a vote to condemn the project. The group voted instead to put off taking a position on the project until there was a detailed plan to look at.

In calling to push the application forward, Gill said that a need for truck parking throughout the city drove his request.

That need, Giesbrecht said Thursday, remains “a huge issue, and it will have to be solved one way or the other.”

But while GG Metro no longer has a truck park in its sights, Giesbrecht said that does not guarantee a similar facility won’t be built in the area.

“That door has not been closed at this point from the city’s side,” Giesbrecht said, pointing to the LAP exercise.

“That exercise will have a life of its own.

“In the past, the city has had an eye for using that land for employment land. But we’re committed to come up with a land use that’s much more agreeable to the local community.

“The truck parking issue is still going to have to be solved.”

Giesbrecht said GG Metro does not have a preset idea for what they’d now like to see on the site. Options that could come out of the LAP include institutional, residential and light industrial.

Giesbrecht said whatever it is, the goal is one that was highlighted by Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club spokesman Ron Meadley in an interview with PAN last week.

“(Meadley said) anything can be built there as long as the integrity of the river and aquifer are protected,” Giesbrecht said.

“Now we know exactly what the goal is. Whatever they designate along there will need to meet that criteria.”

Just Posted

Call for better security follows fuel thefts at South Surrey Park & Ride

White Rock man says someone used a drill to drain his fuel tank Wednesday

PHOTOS: Snoozing seal pup captures attention at White Rock Pier

Dozens of seals spent the day at White Rock’s iconic structure

‘Stuff the Sleigh’ event aims to collect 5,000 Christmas toys for Surrey children

The Surrey Central Lions Club event will support the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Donated bikes to help low-income kids in Delta have a merry Christmas

Surrey-based R.E.C. for Kids donated the bikes to Deltassist for its annual Christmas toy depot

Abortions rights advocates urge Liberals to turn politics into policy

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was pressed to clarify his stance abortion over several weeks

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

Goaltender David Tendeck turned aside all 38 Prince George shots for his WHL-leading third shutout

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Dallas Smith, Terri Clark to perform on CP Holiday Train’s B.C. stops

Annual festive food bank fundraiser rolling across province from Dec. 11 to 17

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Paul Bissonnette joins Vancouver Warriors after tweeting he could walk on to an NLL club

Bissonnette will join the Warriors for their final week of training camp at Rogers Arena

Most Read

l -->