If You Care About Jackson Farm
Posting on behalf of Friends of Jackson Farm…
1. The District is proposing a bioswale, a man-made forested water management conservation area along the western boundary of the Jackson Farm taking up about one and a half acres and extending 75-100 feet into the park.
There is currently no problem with storm water on Jackson Farm. The purpose of the bioswale is to deal with expected storm water problems by proposed housing development on 3 acres adjacent to Jackson Farm.
It fails to recognize that the trees will grow and eventually obstruct the view – almost to Vancouver – from Jackson Farm.
2. The bioswale has been proposed by the District without public consultation.
Former Director of Parks, Mike Murray promised public consultation before any further park development occurred.
3. It totally ignores the historic value of Jackson Farm.
The Jackson Farm property is slightly below and highly visible from 100th ave (Jackson Road) which is a main through road; from which it provides an impressive and sweeping view to the west. Due to the pastoral attractiveness of the land, the beautiful outlook to the west (Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge, page 90), and being high visibility from the well travelled 100th ave (Jackson Road), the ‘Jackson Farm’ property has in addition to being a beautiful location in its own right, entered the community consciousness as an idyllic representation of the small farms and homesteads from which Maple Ridge has grown.
Edwin Landale, Historian
Point of Interest
The three acres in question were originally part of the 80 acre Jackson farm subdivided in 1945 as a gift to a Jackson daughter, Gertrude, where she raised her family and lived until 1997.
Since August 2001, elected officials have been working to systematically remove any protection afforded by the Agriculture Land Reserve, the Green Zone, and the Official Community Plan for the subject parcels.
IF YOU CARE… do any or all of the following:
1. Attend the Public Hearing Tuesday June 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Hall.
2. Make a presentation (also, if you submit a written copy of your presentation it will remain on record).
3. Write a letter:
Re Bylaw 6844-2011
Attention Manager of Legislative Services
Or email to:
Clerk’s Department at email@example.com
By 4:00p.m. June 19, 2012
All written submissions and emails will become part of the public record.
Council will not entertain any discussion on this Bylaw after the Public Hearing.