FHCA Meeting minutes

May 4, 2016

President’s report
• Web site – www.fhca.ca
• Ed MacIntosh, president
• FHCA is a volunteer non-profit organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community dealing with issues that affect our community such as safety, traffic, development
• The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
• FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
• If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website). This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
• If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up (on the right side of website page). You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year. There may also be notifications of open houses or events affecting FH residents.
• Our Community Association mailing address is PO Box 74042, Surrey, V4N 1N9.

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – total account balance is $2990.19

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Sergeant Laurie Clarkson was in attendance tonight. She can be reached at Laurie.Clarkson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• Jun 2015 to Jun 2016 incidents in our district dropped from 233 to 219
• #1 criminal activity was theft from motor vehicles
• Tynehead Park was heavily hit by criminal activity which accounted for most of the incidents so police did a blitz in the parking lot to inform people about the thefts and how to reduce risk of them happening.
• Don’t leave valuables in trunk as it is easy to break into the trunk
• False alarms and 911 calls (pocket dial or from home alarms) – Police must attend these and they take time and resources to investigate so please let alarm company know if it is a false alarm and store your phone so it doesn’t pocket dial.
• B&E of residences – 3 prolific thieves were arrested in June so numbers dropped significantly (not felt to be gang related and these thieves may or may not been working together)
• By-law noise complaints – reported incidents were higher in August as many people have their windows open. If noise continues past bylaw time restriction (believed to be 11 p.m.), don’t hesitate to call these in. Be considerate of your neighbours.
• If you see something suspicious, call 911 or non-emergency # 604-599-0502 to report it or call your block watch captain who will contact RCMP (Heather and Laurie)
• District #2 Community Response Unit 10395-148 St. phone # 604-502-6500 is used for the district office – you can leave a voicemail on Laurie’s number if there is something taking place in community that you want brought to the attention of RCMP
• Roundabouts – it was discovered that the proper usage of roundabouts is not taught in the driving schools nor is it on the driving tests. More and more of these circles are showing up in Surrey and surrounding cities/municipalities. People are having accidents and causing problems at/in these circles as they do not know how to use them. Across Canada, the rules are the same – seehttp://www.th.gov.bc.ca/roundabouts
a) Reduce your speed, watch for road signs, watch for pedestrians and cyclists and be ready to stop.
b) ALWAYS yield to traffic in the roundabout as they have the right of way. Wait for a safe gap in the traffic before entering.
c) Enter the roundabout to the right and continue counter-clockwise until you reach your exit.
d) Use your right turn signal to exit and again, watch for pedestrians and cyclists.

REMEMBER – the roundabout at 156 St and 108 Ave is a part of the Fraser Heights Greenway project so it is imperative to watch for cyclists and pedestrians.

We also received this from the City of Surrey on the use of roundabouts:
We have a page on our website on Roundabouts here: http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/4790.aspx

This page includes a link to a ICBC page on how to use a roundabout as well: http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/driving-tips/Pages/How-to-use-roundabout.aspx

• Heather Paradis heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, could not attend tonight’s meeting

• RF-13 – This new zoning provides slightly larger lots than RF-12. It also allows slightly larger homes. It provides an extra parking spot per house(3 across the front driveway). Providing the 3rd parking spot will also apply to other zonings such as RF.
Parkview place development was revised from 70 lots to 58 lots, 32 of these lots are RFG – they are a bit narrower and approximately 2000 sq ft smaller than RF. There is one CD lot – this house is up against 167 St – higher fence, more trees. With a stream and pipeline going through this development, some of this land was reserved for parkland and a playground for children. The average units per acre was about 5.14. There was a Public meeting in May at the community centre. Since then, more trees are being saved along freeway. This revised development should go to 2nd reading in October unless the City of Surrey hears from the community. The new Multi-purpose pathway will go through this development.
• Note: Basement square footage is not included in the total sq ft allowed for the houses – so the 2800 sq ft limit does not include a possible 1000 sq ft basement that could have a basement suite. Parking will be 3 wide across the front of the house.

• PUBLIC HEARING – East Fraser Heights and Abbey Ridge development is now called Abbey Ridge. There will be a public hearing at Fraser Heights Secondary school on Tuesday, Oct 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please advise your neighbours to attend. Abbey Ridge runs from 172 to 182A Streets and from # 1 Hwy to Fraser River.
• Higher densities are proposed in that area – residents are encouraged to come view the plans
• Contact Don Luymes at 604-591-4606 or at DLuymes@surrey.ca if you have any questions or concerns about this project.
• See more at: http://surrey.ca/city-services/20959.aspx?startDate=Oct-02-2016#sthash.1VML8TGY.dpuf

List of Developments:
• 108 Ave and 155 Street Variance
• 160 St and 108A – 2 RF houses and a parking lot
• 101 Ave and 176 St – church – CD and 3 lots
• 172 St and 100 Ave – 12 RF lots
• 173 St and 100 Ave – 11 RF lots
• 174 St and 100 Ave – 5 RF lots
• 156 St and 110 Ave – 9 RF lots – one is 1 1/3 acre and other is acre
• 157 St and 110 Ave – 5 RF lots
• Parkview Place – 11 RF lots (went before council and planning said will go before council in October), 58 RF-G and RF and CD

• Over the next year or two, over 150 additional homes will be added to Fraser Heights
• Fraser Heights High school is overfull, even with the new addition to the school.
• There is a little wiggle room in elementary schools for new students. The school district does not leave much space in schools to accommodate new development so new students to the area may have to attend another school until the next school year if enough spots, in their catchment school, aren’t available.
• Many of these new homes, especially those with suites, will probably have 3 vehicles per home. Currently there is only 1 road in/out.

A request was made for interested residents who would like to help our Association work with Developers so we don’t end up with problems similar to those the Clayton area is facing. Please send your name and email address to the directors (on website)
• 156 St, (from 108 to 112 Avenues) should be finished in 2018. There are still some larger properties to be developed along 156 that may delay this completion date.

Art work in roundabout at 108 Ave and 156 St. This was on Global News tonight, in several newspapers and on MyFraserHeights Facebook site.
• Our community was given 3 days to give our public input. The consensus at the meeting was that the community did not want art work at that roundabout location. A sign that said “Welcome to Fraser Heights” and vegetation that was low would be best suited to the roundabout. This idea was apparently dismissed by the art work group at the City as they don’t put in signs, only art work
• $90,000 was budgeted for this project a year ago but there was no consultation with our community
• Expression of interest with the artists will be on Sept 27, 2016. It was reported that residents at 157 St roundabout asked for art work at that roundabout when it was built but no monies were available then so instead, they put in a tree.
• Out of all the responses, there was one positive response and the rest were negative in regards to installing art in the roundabout.
• It was mentioned that the Terry Fox signs that had been placed in the roundabout on the day of the event were knocked over. People don’t know how to use a roundabout and aren’t staying on the roadway – they are going over the median.
• The base for the art structure was put in by Engineering but they were not involved in the planning – they installed it as it was cheaper to do when the roundabout was going in than at a later date.
• 5 feet by 5 feet by 10 feet tall was the scope of the project – this was a real concern for visibility around the roundabout.
• Drivers need to watch their driving and look for cars/pedestrians/cyclists, not art.
• Residents expressed that the art work would be welcome at other places in FH such as at the Rec Centre
• Having the artwork could make it even more dangerous for students going through the roundabout on their way to school, and for other pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers could be distracted and have/cause accidents
• More pedestrian signs were recently placed at/near the roundabout
• Developers pay extra money to the City for funding art work. 20th Ave and 144 St has a double eagle and elder moon – can see through it.
• If interested – residents can sit in on selection process
• A link to councillors was posted on the fhca.ca website so residents can contact them to voice their opinions on public art. Roundabouts are not the place for art.
• Currently, there are people who speed through the roundabout and tractor trailers that go over it. Who would be responsible for repairing the art work if it is hit?
• Where would residents like to see art in FH? –Rec Centre? 160 St/104 Ave at gateway to FH?
• This is taxpayers’ money – we should be able to have what we want and where we want it put.

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• Concerns were raised about the ability of residents to enter/exit the Parkview Place development as currently there is only one way in/out. (There will be a second road created along the #1 Hwy side that will exit onto 168 St near Pacific Academy).

The FHCA meetings for the 2016/2017 year will be:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wednesday May 10, 2017

FINAL Public Open House: East Fraser Heights / Abbey Ridge Development Plan

WHAT: FINAL Public Open House East Fraser Heights / Abbey Ridge Local Area Plan Stage 2
Final Report & Land Use Concept Plan (see map below, between 172 Street and 182 A Street)

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm ( Presentation @ 6:30 pm.)

WHERE: Fraser Heights Secondary School Hub Area and Theatre 16060 108 Avenue, Surrey

This is to advise that City staff will be holding a Public Open House on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 regarding the Abbey Ridge Local Area Plan (LAP). This Open House will provide residents, owners, and other interested parties with an opportunity to view and comment on the proposed Local Area Plan (LAP) and Stage 2 ‘Final Report’ for the Abbey Ridge area. The purpose of this meeting is to show refinements of the Land Use Concept Plan, transportation, design and development guidelines, an engineering servicing plan, and a financial strategy that will fund infrastructure, phasing of development, and community amenities for the Abbey Ridge LAP.

City staff will be on hand to answer questions during the evening and will give a brief presentation at approximately 6:30 pm. Feedback from the Open House will be considered and documented before a final Stage 2 Report and Local Area Plan is presented to Council.

If you have any questions or comments, please phone me at 604-591-4606 or email me at DLuymes@surrey.ca. For plan history and information, please visit our website at http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/17185.aspx. The LAP area is shown on the map on the reverse side of this page.

Yours truly,

Don Luymes Manager, Community Planning




On Saturday, October 15, the South Coast Conservation Program is hosting a


Fraser Heights, Surrey

Help the local wildlife at the Fraserglen pond by planting native vegetation!
Join us, in partnership with the City of Surrey, to add native plants around the pond.
Learn about the local species at risk that call the area home.
11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Supplies (such as tools and gloves) and snacks provided.

Meet at the pond (Fraserglen Drive and 104th Avenue)
October 15 2016

Registration for this event is appreciated.
REGISTER by sending an email to tamsin@sccp.ca with the subject line “Registration for Fraserglen pond planting”.

Event is rain or shine so dress for the weather. Boots are recommended.

Input on proposed artwork in 156 St and 108 Ave roundabout

As discussed at the Fraser Heights Community Association meeting on Wednesday, September 21, for those who would like to express an opinion on the proposed artwork in the roundabout at 156 St and 108 Ave, you can contact the mayor and councillors as per the below addresses. One alternative discussed for the $90,000 budget for the artwork would be welcome signs to Fraser Heights at the main entrances to our area – you can also propose that in any messages to the council.

Mayor Linda Hepner: mayor@surrey.ca

Councillor Tom Gill: TSGill@Surrey.ca

Councillor Bruce Hayne: BruceHayne@Surrey.ca

Councillor Vera LeFranc: Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca

Councillor Mary Martin: MMartin@surrey.ca

Councillor Mike Starchuk: Mike.Starchuk@surrey.ca

Councillor Barbara Steele: HBSteele@Surrey.ca

Councillor Judy Villeneuve: JAVilleneuve@Surrey.ca

Councillor Dave Woods: Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

Minutes, Fraser Heights Community Association, May 4 2016

May 4, 2016

President’s report
• Web site – www.fhca.ca
• Marcie Kroeker, president
• FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community dealing with issues that affect our community such as safety, traffic, development
• The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
• FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
• If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website). This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
• If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up (on the right side of website page). You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year. There may also be notifications of open houses or events affecting FH residents.
• Our Community Association mailing address is PO Box 74042, Surrey, V4N 1N9.

We were treated to a delightful musical performance by Soundscape A Cappella Chorus prior to the start of our FHCA meeting. Soundscape will be presenting “The Perfect Song”, a musical extravaganza, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Fraser Heights Secondary School Theatre (16060 108 Ave, Surrey). More information can be obtained at www.soundscapesings.ca and tickets can be obtained at www.brownpapertickets.com – they are $20 for adults, $12 for students and children under 5 are free. The theatre will be transformed into a 1950’s coal mine during one of the songs. Bring a flashlight if you’re afraid of the dark. There are overlying stories that go with the songs to provide a very entertaining performance.

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – total account balance is $3480.12

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Sergeant Laurie Clarkson was unable to attend tonight. She can be reached at Laurie.Clarkson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• Cst. Cynthia Sciortino, cynthia.sciortino@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, has been in Guildford for one year. Her job is to bridge the gap between the community and RCMP by doing investigations for drug offenses, firearms, property crimes, etc. and to attend community meetings.
• S/Cst. Dennis Bell dennis.w.bell@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, has been with the RCMP for 8 years and completed some extra training in Regina from October until March of this year. If you have any concerns or issues, please email Dennis as email is the best way to contact him. Dennis had some sayings he calls “Dennisisms”. One of these was “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know … then you know.” If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals/hot spots of activity. Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem. You can also make reports at http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/667.aspx or by using the Surrey Request app.
• Heather Paradis heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, Cst Cynthia and S/Cst. Dennis attended tonight’s meeting to present the police report.
• District 2 – there were 198 criminal events Jan to Apr 2015 and 48 events Jan to Apr 2016. The Surrey RCMP website posts crime sites for last 6 months (http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=103). You can also email Sgt Dennis Bell or Sgt Lori Clarkson for more information.
• Mail theft – there were 738 mailbox thefts in 2015 (Jan to Apr) but only 286 in same time frame in 2016. A significant decrease. Remember to remove your mail daily so it can’t be stolen. If you see anything suspicious, call the non-emergency # (604-599-0502) for the RCMP. No problem is too small. 1+ 1 theory – if one thing is not right, probably something else is not right.
• Mailbox break-ins – thieves take personal information from cheques and mail for identity theft, especially during tax season when refund cheques are mailed out. Gov’t will be doing income tax refunds in 2017 by direct deposit only – they will no longer be issuing cheques.
• Mailbox thefts occur 24/7, even in broad daylight. The old mailboxes could be broken into in 10 seconds. New boxes are a lot more secure. Mailboxes in high rises or apartment buildings can be broken into easily but thieves must first gain entry to the buildings. Don’t let strangers in and remember to remove mail daily.
• A Canada Post worker in FH had the mailbox master keys stolen so please watch out for your postal carrier as well keeping your eyes on the mailboxes!
• If you are having parcels delivered to your front door, alert a neighbour that you are expecting a delivery as thieves have stolen parcels off porches. You can request to have your signature collected or sometimes you can arrange for a specific date and time to have the parcel delivered. When Canada Post delivers parcels, they will take them back to the local depot if no answer or they won’t fit in the community mailboxes. If you will be going away, ask Canada Post to put a hold on your mail until you return.
• Thieves often take the insurance documents and garage openers from cars they break into. They’ll then scope out your house and try to break in when no one is home. Take a photocopy of your insurance documents with a post it note over your name and address and keep this in the glove compartment. Keep your originals in your trunk or a safe place in your car. Bring your garage opener out of your vehicle when leaving your vehicle. If go away for extended period of time, unplug the opener from the electrical outlet in your garage as thieves will use “frequency clickers” and go around trying to open garages. The outlet is usually in the ceiling of garage. Some of the newer garage door openers have a button that says lock – press and hold this button for 3 seconds – it will lock garage and remote will no longer open the garage. Some newer cars will allow you to program the garage opener into the car itself. If you don’t want to unplug the power cord, put a dowel or screwdriver in track of opener and garage will only open a few inches. This won’t break the spring.
• For residents renting suites/houses, it was advised to do a criminal record’s check and credit bureau check on potential renters.
• There was a code-red lock-down at North Surrey last week for a weapons call. Although this did not take place at the school, this procedure is used if the incident is within a certain radius of a school. The house involved was identified and there was no need for public concern.
• There have been several complaints and ongoing concern about young men loitering, smoking pot and racing cars behind Erma Stephenson school in the vicinity of 109 Ave 159 Street. RCMP will look into this. Starting in May, Thurs to Sun, the parks will be patrolled. If you see suspicious activity, phone RCMP nonemergency line (604-502-6500)
• On Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Surrey RCMP will be hosting a SHRED-A-THON at 10355 King George Blvd. This is a free service to have your personal documents safely shredded. Donations of cash or non-perishable foods for the Surrey Food bank would be greatly appreciated. There will be another SHRED-A-THON in Fraser Heights in September (date unknown at time of this meeting).

RCMP School Liaison officer-
• The school liaison officer for the Fraser Heights schools is Cst. Christina Martin who was unable to attend this meeting. She can be reached at christina.martin@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
• RCMP Youth Unit – Sgt Cyrus Nava attended tonight’s meeting – he has been with the RCMP for 19 years but just started with schools last year.
• Outreach and engagement to youth – every youth unit officer is passionate about their work as they personally chose to work in this field.
• Enforcement, intervention, education, safety – at-risk youth and young offenders in Surrey School district are targeted for this program.
• The officers’ service and policing is offered to all Surrey Schools Monday to Friday, 8 to 4.
• If arrests are to be made, it is usually done by the Liaison officer at the youth’s home where statements, photographs, ID and follow up with parents take place. Arrested youth are usually released to their guardians.
• YCJS – provides counseling, deals with mental health issues and helps regulate social media (Bill C-13 – to protect Canadians from Online Crime and making it illegal to distribute intimate images of a person without their consent).
• The liaison offers give presentations at schools, put on the Surrey kids’ conference, practice lock downs and lock outs at the schools and attend the schools to provide a visible presence to the staff and students.
• WRAP program – this preventative program identifies youths at risk and provides an initiative to steer them away from criminality. They work with kids from 12 to 17.
• Code Blue – This is a new fitness/police related training program for youth to build positive relationships between youth and police. It runs for 1 hour a week after school – the students get involved in activities such as playing basketball.
• Fraser Heights Secondary School has a girls’ group consisting of 10 to 15 girls that meet with Cst. Christina Martin. They discuss mental health, sexual health, internet etc. and go on some outings.
• Big Brothers program – officers meet with a child once a week for an hour at the child’s school (elementary school-aged children) and play sports or whatever child would like to do
• High fives – the officers try to visit an elementary school once a week and will play tag, basketball or other activities in the school yard during lunch or recess.
• Think of me – ICBC and Surrey School Board educate parents and students about crossing streets, jay walking, using sidewalks, obeying posted speed limit (30 Km zone) and watching out for children.
• RCMP officers involved in the youth program are:
a) Sgt Neil Kennedy, 778-593-3129 neil.kennedy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
b) Cpl Mike Dougherty 778-593-3377 mike.dougherty@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
c) Cpl David Fouche 604-502-6282 david.fouche@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Proposed Crosswalks on 160 St and 108 Ave
• A presentation was made by Philip Bellefontaine on new crosswalks that are in the planning stages for 108 Ave and 160 St.
• Concerns had been raised about safety around schools so comprehensive plans are under design to deal with these concerns. The City is proposing to introduce 2 new crosswalks near the high school. They have been planned by the Road Safety Advisory Committee in conjunction with Fraser Heights Secondary School. There will be a pedestrian/cyclist crossing with overhead flashing lights on 160 Street at 107 Ave to allow those using the new multiuse pathway to safely cross 160th at that point.
• There will be another crosswalk installed along 108 Ave from the FH high school driveway to the mall across the street. It will be a 2 stage crossing with a protected “wait area” within the new raised median which will be fenced. The left turn into the high school will be maintained but cars heading east on 108 Ave will not be able to turn left into the mall by Tim Horton’s. Instead, they will have to enter where the A&W is. When this mall was developed, there was a covenant put in about restricting access if heading east on 108 Ave. The crosswalk proposal is in the design phase. Details will be shared as the plans are firmed up.
• The process for installing these crosswalks will take a year to design and implement curbs, sidewalks, timing of signal etc. These midblock crosswalks are planned for construction in 2017. Vehicles must stop when lights are flashing.
• Residents suggested ticketing students jaywalking to and from the high school but in order to do this, officers would be needed to enforce the law.

New Pedestrian and Cycle Path in Fraser Heights (a visual presentation):
Presentation shown at the meeting can be found at: http://www.surrey.ca/files/FHCA_Presentation_Feb_19_2014_FINAL.pdf
• Ehab Taha (ETaha@surrey.ca) gave a presentation on the Fraser Heights Greenway which is a multiuse pathway for people of all ages and abilities whether walking, cycling, rollerblading, using a scooter or skateboard etc. It runs from the #1 Hwy/Port Mann Bridge and when finished, will connect FH with Tynehead Regional Park via the Tynehead overpass and continue on to Golden Ears Way to the Golden Ears Bridge.
• 2011 – The Tynehead overpass was constructed. It is one of longest cycling/pedestrian bridges in Lower Mainland. This bridge has reduced traffic in FH as parents of Pacific Academy (PA) students can park on the Tynehead side of the bridge and walk across to the school. The Tynehead overpass is illuminated at night and allows FH residents access to Tynehead Park for recreation purposes.
• Destinations along the new portion of the multiuse pathways are FH Secondary School, Dogwood, PA and Bothwell schools.
• In 2014, a portion of Barnston Drive was completed (along the south side of Pacific Academy) from 168 to 170A Streets. In 2015/2016, a portion of the FH Greenway has been under construction on the old 154 Street from 108 to 110 Avenues. The project is open but not completely finished. Lighting was installed in the median but planting has not been completed. Trees line the outside perimeter. It is quite welcoming to walk/cycle along this roadway! Lines have been painted for cyclists to use the side west of the median and pedestrians use the east side.
• Funding has been confirmed to finish remaining portions of this multiuse pathway (#1 through to Golden Ears)
• Parts of this pathway will run along the Kinder Morgan right-of-way. These sections of the trail will be paved with asphalt and accessible for all. No lighting will be installed along the this right of way as Kinder Morgan does not allow energized infrastructure on the right-of-way for safety concerns.
• Culverts will be installed for the creek crossing southeast of the FH Rec Centre
• The FH Greenway route has been completed along 108 Ave from 154 to 156 Streets. It continues down the east side of 156 Street to 107 Ave, heads east along 107 to 157 St, turns south along 157 that becomes 106A then 107 Ave and will come out on 160 Street where there will be an activated push button side-mounted flashing signal for crossing 160th Ave. It then continues south along the east side of 160 St past the Rec Centre to the Kinder Morgan right of way where it will head east, following the right of way until it crosses 104 Ave at Parkview Place where a crosswalk with flashing lights will be installed. It will follow the local roadways in the Parkview Place area and come out on 102 Ave, joining up with the pedestrian overpass at 168 St and with the section of the pathway that was completed on Barnston Ave. There will be signage and pavement markings on this route. The route will include a number of improvements, including curb bulges, marked crosswalks, lighting, ditches closed in and activated flashing crossing lights where needed.

• Parkview Place Development Update (this development is in the area approx. from 104 Ave to #1 Hwy and between 165 to 167 Streets). Qualico and CitiWest are putting on an Open House Monday May 9, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at FH Rec Centre (an email will be sent out and it will be posted on the fhca.ca website). They have changed the design of the development and are looking for feedback. The RF12 housing has been removed from the proposed development, RFG lots have been added to the design and more parkland has been added. Make sure you fill out the feedback forms to have your voice heard. The developers have to go back to the City to obtain approval so it has paid off for the residents who voiced their concerns previously. There are fewer houses proposed to be built.
• There has been no new information on the piece of property up for development along 108 Ave from 154 (Fraser Heights Greenway) to 155 Streets.
• There will be a road upgrade on the west side of 156 Street between Northview Park and 112 Ave. The ditch will be covered over and a sidewalk will be added. Note – upgrades to 156 from 108 to 112 have been requested for years but the City does not have plans for this in the near future.

Surrey Bend Park – the Grand Opening was held on April 16th. This new park is well worth taking a trip to see what the City has created! There are trails, picnic areas and places for kids to play. It is off 104 Ave. on the left as you go to the Barnston Island ferry dock (east of 176/Hwy 17 along 104 Ave).

Fraser Heights Country Fair – this is an annual event and will be held on Friday, June 10th from 5 to 9 p.m. It is put on by Swordfern, the managers of the two malls that contain Nesters and the Esso station (on the northeast and northwest sides of 160th St and 108 Ave.) and Erma Stephenson Elementary School. Events will be held at all 3 locations. Proceeds from this fair will benefit the community and Erma Stephenson School.

Wine Store – this will be opening soon (next to Nesters). They are in the final stages of getting permits for both Provincial and City licensing.

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• A resident made a request for an activated crossing in the vicinity of 105 Ave across 160 Street. It was pointed out that this was not a safe place to cross as it was too close to the Hwy #1 onramp and the traffic speed is often higher at that point along 160 Street.

The next FHCA meeting will be in September 2016 – date to be announced

Open House, Proposed Development at 166 Street & 104 Avenue – May 9

The Fraser Heights Community Association has received the following invitation regarding an Open House on a proposed development:

Invitation to an Open House
Proposed Development at 166 Street & 104 Avenue, Surrey
Surrey Project No. 7914-0322-00

Date: May 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, Gymnasium #2 (10588 160 St., Surrey, BC)

On behalf of the developer, we would like to invite you to attend a Public Information Meeting where representatives from CitiWest Consulting Ltd and owners will present details of the proposed residential development at the above site.

The developer has previously hosted a public information meeting on January 7, 2016. The feedback from this meeting was taken into consideration when preparing the revised proposal.

The purpose of this Public Information Meeting is to seek input from the area residents for the proposed development and answer any questions, which may arise prior to presenting the project back to City Council.

The revised proposal is to rezone from the RA zone to the CD zone (based on the RF zone), the RF zone and the RF-G zone. The site is designated within the Official Community Plan and this will remain as Urban. There is a Development Variance Permit, which deals with setback relaxations due to tree retention, Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline right-of-way, and some irregular shaped lots. The proposal also includes park dedication, preservation of a watercourse, and a greenway over the TMO right-of-way, which includes a path.

Please join us with your concerns, comments and questions. We welcome your support. If you have any questions you may contact CitiWest Consulting Ltd at 604-591-2213.

Safe City Project Underway in Surrey

Surrey RCMP News Release – For Immediate Distribution

Date: 2016-04-11
Title: Safe City Project Underway in Surrey

Surrey RCMP is undertaking a project dubbed as “Safe City”, which aims to educate firearms owners on current laws surrounding the registration requirements for restricted and prohibited firearms.

Police officers from the Surrey RCMP, supported by the National Weapon Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU – BC) have been and will be visiting the owners of restricted and prohibited firearms whose registrations have expired.  The proactive undertaking was developed prior to the recent shootings that have occured in Surrey.

“The objective of this project is to educate firearms owners on the current laws surrounding firearms, as some may not even realize that they are non-compliant,” said Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, the Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP. “We are running this program to help gun owners with registering their expired, prohibited, and restricted firearms, or help facilitate relinquishment of unwanted firearms safely and effectively to police. Our aim is to reduce the number of illegally owned and unregistered firearms in Surrey, as well as enhance public and police officer safety. The majority of gun related crimes in Canada are committed with guns that are domestically sourced.”

Ridge-Meadows RCMP also successfully launched the program in November 2015 and announced their result after it is was done (see news release).

If you have any unwanted firearms, please contact your local police department on their non-emergency line. Police will go to your residence to receive the firearms. For security reasons, please do not transport the firearms into police departments.

For information on licensing, registration and general safekeeping of firearms, please visit the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf.

Surrey RCMP commit to providing an update on the Safe City Project upon completion.

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