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TFN Chris Hartman's Presentation to the Delta Chamber of Commerce February 2011


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  • 1. 1
    Tsawwassen First Nation Open for Business
    Delta Chamber of Commerce
    February 16, 2011
  • 2. 2
    Our Community
    TFN community is advantageously located in a picturesque setting.
    • 30 kilometers from both downtown Vancouver and the U.S. border,
    • 3. adjacent to Deltaport, international gateway for Pacific shipping.
    • 4. direct access to the Deltaport Way, Highway 17 and the new South Fraser Perimeter Road
    • 5. a prime transportation hub connecting traffic throughout the Lower Mainland and to the US and Vancouver Island
  • 3
    April 3, 2009, TFN ratified the first urban treaty in BC,
    • reconciling our aboriginal rights and title, and fulfilling our right to self-government.
    • 6. provides TFN with municipal-like jurisdiction and ownershipover 1,800 acres (724 hectares).
    • 7. became a full member of the regional district of Metro Vancouver.
  • 4
    Governance Structure
    TFN is governedby
    • our Legislative Assembly
    • 8. our Chief,and
    • 9. our Executive Council - oversees the daily affairs of the Nation.
    Recognized as municipal jurisdiction in BC Legislation
  • 10. 5
    Land Ownership
    Stabilized land ownership system through:
    BC Land Title Office
    Tsawwassen Land Act
    Tsawwassen Lands
    • Tsawwassen Fee Simple Interests (TSFI’s)
    • 11. Tsawwassen Public Lands
    Strengthened marketability of land leases
  • 12. 6
    Development Process
    Manage land development similar to a municipal government,
    • put in place regulatory processes for zoning, subdivision, building permits, development permits, and off-site levies to ensure growth is managed effectively.
    All Tsawwassen laws online at
  • 13. 7
    As inventory of developable land in the Lower Mainland continues to shrink,
    • TFN poised to realize benefits from land development.
    • 14. poised to unlock the potential of our strategically located lands
    • 15. offering partners unprecedented opportunity to take an active role in the industrial, residential and commercial revitalization of our lands
  • 8
    TFN Land Use Plan
  • 16. 9
    Industrial Lands
    TFN Industrial Lands adjacent to Deltaport, Canada’s largest container-port complex and bulk-commodities terminal
    Unparalleled access to major railroad and highway networks
    Can support state-of-the-art intermodal, goods-handling, light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution services
    Industrial real estate in Metro Vancouver is one of the most stable and attractive in North America
  • 17. 10
    Industrial Lands
    Secured funding from the Canada Economic Action Plan to initiate development of our industrial lands
    • servicing of first 100 acres will be completed Spring 2011.
    • 18. new overpass that will create new entrance to the Industrial Lands - completed by Spring 2012
    First steps towards developing this business park into the dominant goods-handling facility on the West Coast
    Seeking development partner for initial 100 acres
  • 19. 11
    Commercial Development
    Exploring development of 100 acres as a vibrant commercial area
    • locally supported restaurants and shops offer residents a thriving local marketplace
    • 20. larger retail and office facilities will serve local and regional demands.
  • 12
    Residential Lands
    Highly desirable location offers future residents a rare closeness with the natural beauty found only along the coast of British Columbia
    A ‘complete community’ with
    • a mix of uses where you can live, work, shop and play
    • 21. convenient walking and bike access to open spaces, shopping and services.
    TFN developing detailed Neighbourhood Plan for initial 250 acres
  • 22. 13
    Essential that our lands are developed in an environmentally and culturally sustainable manner, while also providing economic benefits
    TFN has a long history of environmental stewardship.
    Employment for our Members will ensure that we can all participate in this exciting growth
    “A working model of an environmentally sustainable, self-sufficient and culturally proud First Nations community.”
  • 23. 14
    Economic Development Corporation
    TFN Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) established to develop TFN land assets in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner and to facilitate business relationships.
    • actively seeking partners to develop the skills, training and employment side of these developments
    • 24. ensure our Members will benefit from the creation of new jobs and business opportunities and become active contributors to the local economy
    • 25. led by experienced Board of Directors with TFN representation
  • 15
    Partnerships &Opportunities
    Look forward to forging strong and lasting partnerships to realize the full economic potential of our lands
    With diverse land assets, a strategic location and a local trained labour force, TFN offers a variety of partnership opportunities
    Stable and predictable ownership model
  • 26. 16
    Joint Ventures
    With diverse land assets, a strategic location and a locally trained labour force, TFN offers a variety of partnership opportunities
    Strategic partnership with Matcon Civil Constructors
    • leveraged reputation and experience
    • 27. capacity development of our Members
    • 28. win / win
  • 17
    Open for Business!
    Build a vibrant,prosperous and complete community that will flourish for generations
    Looking for committed business partners with a track record of community investment
    Join us to build an amazing community!