By 2021, Surrey will be B.C.'s most populous city in the Georgia
Basin, at its current rate of growth; City planners are forecasting
a need for about 110,000 new homes.
for more housing has brought developers and landowners together
with government regulators, City of Surrey engineers and UBC planners
to create the farsighted East Clayton Neighbourhood Concept Plan
Clayton, located in Surrey's South Newton area, will provide homes
for more than 13,000 people. It will be a new kind of suburban community
where residents can stroll down tree-lined streets to nearby shops
or follow foot paths along salmon-bearing streams.
community planning away from the tried and true means taking risks
but the costs of not evolving are simply too high. Standard residential
neighbourhoods are covered with hard surfaces; roofs and paved driveways,
streets and parking lots that speed the flow of storm water downstream
so quickly that it can't get back to the aquifers. Farmers in the
Nicomeki lowlands already have to plant their crops later and harvest
sooner because their fields get saturated with water.
continue developing the way we have in the past we're going to increase
the amount of flow going down to the Serpentine," says developer
John Turner, whose company, Progressive Construction, plans to begin
construction in East Clayton in 2001.
Clayton's drainage system and infrastructure will absorb the storm
water yet the surface is still permeable enough for water to find
its way to the neighbourhood streams. Stormwater retention ponds
will return water gradually to the soil while filtering out most
of the non-point source pollution.
of the Lower Mainland is going to have to start dealing with drainage
in a different way," says Turner. "We could see that was coming
and we thought that this was an opportunity to be at the forefront."
in the East Clayton NCP include the City of Surrey, the Pacific
Resource Centre, UBC James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable
Environments, Ramsey Worden Architects Ltd., and Reid Crowther &
the NCP is an advisory committee made up of representative citizens
of East Clayton, members of the development community and various
interested agencies including: the Real Estate Foundation of British
Columbia; Georgia Basin Ecosystem Initiative; Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation; A.C.T. Program (Federation of Canadian Municipalities);
Agriculture Investment Foundation (Agriculture Canada); Ministry
of Municipal Affairs; Ministry of Agriculture; and the Greater Vancouver