Surrey Transportation Plan

Surrey is growing by 300,000 people over the next 30 years – that’s 50% more than today. The City is developing a new Surrey Transportation Plan (STP) to address growth and leverage new technology. There is a commitment to making Surrey’s transportation network safer, cleaner and more accessible for everyone.

If you want your voice to be heard, provide your feedback so that the plan reflects your needs and priorities.  This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.

You can find the survey and link here:

https://surrey.simplesurvey.com/f/s.aspx?s=9299bd99-e421-49a4-a107-936d0bf18057&member_id=member_id&source=panel&MemberId=7d0fd767-2b08-43d9-95df-a6c501895b29&CommunicationId=32718998-eb5b-4833-ad13-ac54010c0a66

Message from Sgt Mike Spencer, RCMP

Message from Sergeant Mike Spencer,
Guildford/Fleetwood Community Response Unit
Surrey RCMP – District 2 Commander:

I hope this email finds you well, enjoying (but not melting from) our newfound summer weather !!

I send you this email with mixed emotions as it is to let you know that I have accepted a new position within the Surrey RCMP and will be Detachment’s Emergency Operation Planning Sergeant, which means I will be relinquishing my role as the District 2 Commander.    The Emergency Operation Planning is a unit that I have long desired to work with and when the opportunity presented itself, I had to make the decision to apply for it – or forever abandon the desire to work there (there are a LOT of opportunities in a detachment this size, but the infrequency in which they become available does not allow one the luxury of passing on something thinking it will be available again anytime in the foreseeable future.

The GOOD news is that filling my vacancy is a priority and I believe my replacement has already been chosen from the list of desired candidates.  I have not seen an official announcement internally, so I will refrain from introducing who I believe the next District 2 Commander will be, but the process to choose the most suitable and qualified replacement is well under way and, quite likely, all but complete.  This is fantastic news as there will be little or no gap and the process should be rather seamless.   In the meantime, you are in excellent hands with Corporal Teri LESLIE, who will be acting in my role until it’s officially filled.   Teri has been my 2 I/C for over two years now and works day in and day out with our Community Response Unit that she supervises.

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Vote for the best neighbourhood South of the Fraser

The CBC is having a contest on the search for the best neighbourhood South of the Fraser. Fraser Heights has made it to the quarter finals, and this is your opportunity to vote. We are up against Crescent Beach – who had a strong showing to get in to the quarter finals.

To vote, go to the link below to support your community! Polls are only open until midnight on Tuesday August 4!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-neighbourhoods-quarterfinals-south-fraser-1.567136

Update on Fraser Heights safety from RCMP

Update from Sgt Mike Spencer, RCMP:
Just thought I’d do a mid-summer reach out to my friends in Fraser Heights and touch base with you, much like I did back in Mid June.
I did a quick check of the Fraser Heights Statistics since mid June and thought I’d share them with you.
Theft From Autos, which we know can be a problem that fluctuates in waves,  was very minimal between June 15th and July 15th.   In those 4+ weeks, Fraser Heights only saw 5 TFA’s reported.  Three of these TFA’s occurred between June 22nd and June 24th.  That being said, we have had two (2) TFA’s reported in recent days (July 14th & 16th).
When the suspect committed the TFA on July 16th, he/she located the homeowner’s garage-door opener – and used it to access the garage in the middle of the night.   Definitely not an enviable scenario and perhaps the perfect time to remind everyone that you should never leave any items of value, including keys and electronic openers, in your vehicle.
In the video surveillance that I have viewed, the methods are still the same as we have seen previously – the suspect(s) walk around late at night, cutting into driveways when it appears there is nobody around to see them, and slowly and gently (quietly) checking door handles – when an unlocked door is found, the vehicle is rummaged through and any valuables located are taken.   Of the 5 vehicles broken into, no forced entry was noted – and video indicated that at least two of the vehicles were confirmed to be unlocked.    The real good news is that according to the reports I saw, there were no big-ticket items reported stolen, with the usual items being sunglasses, loose change, etc.   The file involving the garage-entry is still under investigation as potential fingerprints were located at scene.
Also of note – the aforementioned Break and Enter to the garage, using the owner’s garage door opener, was the only residential B&E reported during this noted period.

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Transmountain pipeline update, July 2020

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE
PREPARATORY WORK AND PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION
TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PROJECT
LOWER MAINLAND, BC
AUGUST 2020 – DECEMBER 2022*

Trans Mountain plans to begin pipeline construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in the Lower Mainland, BC, between Langley (west of 232 Street) and Burnaby (Burnaby Terminal), subject to necessary approvals and permits.

Construction will be completed in a series of phased activities along the Project route through Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby starting as early as August 2020.* 

Your patience is appreciated as we work diligently to minimize any disruptions or inconvenience associated with construction-related work. 

*Timelines are subject to change and start of work is subject to necessary approvals and permits. As some approvals may require a longer lead time, Trans Mountain is notifying affected parties now regarding these activities. Further details including updates regarding timing of activities will be posted on our website at transmountain.com prior to the work commencing. Please check our website regularly and sign up to receive construction updates to stay up-to-date.

Trans Mountain’s first priority is the health and safety of our workforce, their families and our communities. In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Trans Mountain and our construction contractors for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project have been working diligently together to ensure adherence to all advice and direction from government and health officials, both provincially and federally. For more information on our COVID-19 response plan, visit transmountain.com/covid19.  

PREPARATORY WORK
 
Schedule:

Preparing the Right-of-Way, Temporary Worksite and Access Points
There are a number of steps involved in preparing the right-of-way, temporary worksite and access points for the arrival of construction crews and equipment, including tree removals, flagging and installing temporary infrastructure. They include:

  • BC One Call, locating and marking of all buried facilities
  • Surveying
  • Flagging and staking the right-of-way and any temporary worksite required for construction
  • Installation of signage and traffic detours
  • Clearing trees and vegetation from pre-approved areas essential for construction
  • Disposing of unsalvageable timber, such as branches, tree limbs or shrubs left behind from clearing

Utility Locates
Trans Mountain and its contractors will be locating existing underground utilities and conducting land surveying along the Project route between Langley and Burnaby. Small potholes will be made at targeted locations using a hydrovac truck and/or hand excavation. This work will help confirm construction techniques planned in these areas.
 
WHAT YOU MAY NOTICE
During the course of pre-construction activities, the public may notice:

  • Hand digging and/or hydrovac excavation
  • Asphalt cutting and paving/patching
  • Associated intermittent construction-type noise
  • Site surveying at multiples points
  • Potential for temporary interruptions to traffic flow while work is underway

The following measures will be in place to ensure Trans Mountain maintains a safe work environment while minimizing impacts to the public and the environment:

  • Activities will mainly take place between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday
  • No work is planned on SaturdaySunday, and statutory holidays
  • Dust control measures will be in place
  • Site-specific traffic management plans, traffic control signage and flagging will be used to minimize impacts to the traveling public
  • Survey and hydrovac locations will be restored to original function following completion of the studies

 CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

 General Construction Schedule:



Stockpile sites and construction yards
Trans Mountain activated seven sites in the Lower Mainland to support construction-related activity. These sites are being used for:

  • Delivery and storage of construction materials and equipment, including stockpiling and staging of pipe
  • Installation of temporary office buildings or trailers to support construction crews building the pipeline and associated facilities
  • Transportation of materials and equipment to and from the site
  • Temporary office space and parking

Utility Relocation
In some areas, where new right-of-way areas are required, Trans Mountain will work collaboratively with appropriate 3rd parties to relocate utilities. This should not impact your services but you may see work crews in your area.
 
Typical Pipeline Construction**
Once clearing is complete and access to the right-of-way has been established, crews will perform a series of steps within the construction footprint to facilitate installation of pipe in the ground:

  • Remove topsoil and grade the surface to prepare for the arrival of bigger equipment and delivery of pipe segments
  • Remove pipe from delivery trucks and lay down along right-of-way
  • Weld pipe segments together and apply a protective coating
  • Perform non-destructive examinations to ensure quality of welds
  • Dig a trench and lower in pipe sections
  • Backfill the trench to bed and protect the pipe
  • Clean up and restoration activities, including replacing any topsoil and replanting vegetation.

**specific construction steps may differ depending on the construction methodology
 
Where the pipeline crosses a body of water, one of three methods of construction will be used. The techniques for each are site-specific:

  • Isolated method
    • The stream is temporarily dammed and rerouted through temporary pumps or using piping often referred to as a flume. The pipe is then installed using conventional construction techniques before the dam is removed and the stream returned to its normal flow path. Great care is taken to preserve the environmental features around the stream, such as the wildlife and aquatic habitat within the riparian zone.
  • Trenchless method
  • This method leaves the bed and banks relatively undisturbed. A trenchless method is used to drill under the watercourse, creating a path to pull the pipe back through. Trenchless methods are only possible in the right geotechnical conditions and require special environmental measures to be put in place.
  • Open-cut method
  • If the other techniques cannot be used for environmental or geotechnical reasons, an open-cut crossing of the watercourse will be used. Open-cut watercourse crossings trench directly through the watercourse following the conventional construction methodology.
  • Engineering feasibility assessments and appropriate environmental studies have been completed to determine the most suitable crossing techniques to be used at each water crossing. Regulatory guidelines and standards will apply to all crossing methods, as will appropriate erosion and sediment control measures to ensure the safety of the body of water. Trans Mountain conducts all work under its Environmental Protection and Pipeline Protection Programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and requirements.

Learn more about pipeline construction and watercourse crossings at transmountain.com/building-a-pipeline
 
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and Direct Pipe (DP)




Trenchless construction techniques are used where the pipeline crosses roads and railways, for select watercourse crossings and in places with restricted workspace, such as in some urban or residential areas. The HDD technique involves setting up a drill rig on one side of the crossing and equipment along the drill path. The pipe is assembled and welded on the opposite side of the drill setup, with the pipe string connected to the drill assembly and pulled back through the drill path. The DP technique involves setting up a drill rig on one side of the crossing with the drill head advancing the drill path and the pipe sequentially welded and inserted as the drill head advances. For more information on trenchless construction methods, please visit: transmountain.com/trenchless-construction
 
Where the pipeline is installed within a road, the road will be reinstated upon completion of construction. The majority of road crossings in the Lower Mainland will be installed using Guided Auger Boring – a trenchless construction technique to minimize impacts to residents and commuters. This technique involves digging a hole where a boring machine can sit level with the depth where the pipe will be installed under the road. The boring machine is then used to bore under the road. Finally, the length of assembled pipe is threaded through the hole. Conventional pipeline construction will take place on either side of the road crossing.
 
Performing a Hydrostatic Test
Before the pipeline is ready to transport oil, a hydrostatic test is performed. A hydrostatic test is a way pipelines can be tested for strength. The test involves filling the pipeline with water and increasing pressure of the pipe to the specified test pressure. Any weakness will be identified through this test and rectified prior to putting the pipeline in service. Hydrostatic testing is a common method employed for testing pipelines.
 
Valve Installations
Valves are installed at intermediate locations along the pipeline route as required by the pipeline design and the Canadian Standards Association pipeline code. The valves are used once the pipeline is operational to shut off or isolate segments of the pipeline. Valve installation will take place along the pipeline route once hydrostatic testing is completed.
 
WHAT YOU MAY NOTICE
During the course of construction activities, the public may notice:

  • Construction equipment, vehicles, and workers along the pipeline corridor and temporary worksites
  • Increased activity and intermittent construction noise in proximity to worksites
  • Construction signage
  • Additional directed lighting along the pipeline corridor and worksites
  • Traffic delays or increase in volumes due to construction activities along traffic routes in the pipeline communities

Trans Mountain’s goal is to maintain safe work environments and minimize any impacts of construction activities to the public and the environment. When work commences, the following measures will be in place to manage impacts:

  • Hours of work:
    • Typical work hours will be between 7 am and 7 pm Monday to Saturday. Work may occur outside of this timeframe, subject to approvals and permits
    • No work is anticipated on Sunday or any statutory holidays, however, in some locations extended hours of work or night shifts may be required
  • Contractors will work in accordance with Trans Mountain’s Noise Management Plans, as approved by the Canada Energy Regulator
  • Some Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) activities may require continuous 24/7 construction and will be conducted under applicable Noise Management Plans (Condition 74) approved by the
  • Canada Energy Regulator
  •  Lighting will be directed only on areas of work for worker safety
  • Dust from construction traffic will be controlled using best industry practices, including water trucks and street sweepers
  • Tree and vegetation removal work will comply with applicable regulations and necessary approvals
  • Registered professional foresters and certified arborists will be on-site as needed
  • Work will be monitored by Environmental Inspectors and Indigenous Monitors
  •  Temporary closures or limited access of recreational trails
  • Traffic Management:
    • Construction-related traffic will follow site-specific traffic management plans to minimize impacts
    • Trans Mountain’s Traffic and Access Control Management Plan was submitted to the Canada Energy Regulator as required by Condition 73 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
    • Access to residential, business and recreational areas will be maintained at all times. Traffic control measures could include temporary lane closures, use of flag persons and other measures to minimize impacts to local traffic flow
    • Construction vehicles will not occupy off-site public parking spaces

Trans Mountain conducts all work under its Environmental Protection and Pipeline Protection Programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and requirements. The public’s patience is appreciated as we work to minimize any disruptions or inconvenience associated with construction activities.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 
 
As part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, extensive work has been conducted to determine environmental impacts and mitigation measures to reduce those impacts. Our goal is to protect the environment, have as little impact as possible and, where we do have an impact, ensure we return the land to a similar function. 
 
We completed field studies between 2012 and 2018 along the proposed pipeline corridor studying a wide range of environmental features, including wildlife, fisheries, plants, species at risk or species of special status, soils, heritage resources, traditional land use and air and greenhouse gas emissions. Following the field studies, we conducted extensive analysis to predict the effects associated with the Project, including those that could be caused by construction, operations, decommissioning or abandonment, as well as potential incidents and malfunctions. The information and analysis were used to develop our comprehensive Environmental Protection Plans. 
 
Mitigation strategies for avoiding or reducing potential environmental effects will be employed at all stages of the Project. For more information about environmental mitigation methods and our Environmental Protection Plans, visit transmountain.com/environmental-protection-plans

AREA MAP
Lower Mainland pipeline construction (Langley, west of 232 Street, to Burnaby Terminal, Burnaby, BC). To view an interactive map of the Project click here

Learn more about construction in your area and sign up for updates at
transmountain.com

For more information please contact:
info@transmountain.com
1.866.514.6700

In the event of a pipeline emergency or to report odours, call 24 hours 1.888.876.6711

Hidden Heroes

Do you know someone who should be nominated as a Hidden Hero in our community?

The office of our MP, Ken Hardie, has been searching for Hidden Heroes in our community. The criteria that the office has set out includes:

*   Nominators must be from Fleetwood-Port Kells riding, which includes Fraser Heights
*   The nominee should have done something outstanding in the 2020 Calendar year.
*   All applications must include a letter from the nominator detailing the contributions of the nominee as they relate to the Hidden Heroes award.
*   Follow Facebook and Instagram throughout August to see the Hidden Heroes honored every Friday. And when the pandemic is under control, we’ll be looking for opportunities to celebrate our amazing neighbors together.

Please take a look at our MP’s website at  https://khardie.liberal.ca/page/hidden-hero/ that details the kind of Hidden Heroes that the team is looking for.

It’s time to honor those in Fleetwood-Port Kells who have worked tirelessly for our community, whether they be a long-time dedicated volunteer, passionate coach, or teacher who puts in countless extra hours. It is also an opportunity to honor the front lines workers of the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps a home care worker, a nurse, a grocery store clerk, someone in a small shop – someone who has done more because they care – they are the Hidden Heroes we want to reward.

Deadline for submissions: July 30th, 2020 at midnight

If you have a nomination, please call Ken Hardie’s office at 604 501 5900 or email at ken.hardie.c1@parl.gc.ca.

Block Watch meeting and application form

For those who missed the virtual meeting on Block Watch and ways we can increase safety in Fraser Heights, you can now listen in to the meeting on the link below

https://zoom.us/rec/share/uNVLMpXZx2dLRM_m0kOHeJEdF7rnaaa8hiUf_aVcn06Tx2vky9bmi7MCW7gd6GCE
Password: 5d?71PRe 

If you are interested in leading a Block Watch group in your area, you can get a Captain’s Application form by emailing Lindsay Wiebe in the Surrey RCMP Community Programs at lindsay.wiebe@surrey.ca.

Together, we can keep our neighbourhood as an attractive, inclusive, and safe place to live.

Safety in Fraser Heights – virtual meeting Wednesday June 17 2020

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Over the last couple months, we have had numerous safety concerns raised by residents. We have been communicating with these residents & the RCMP as to what can be done.
The situation here in Fraser Heights, we believe, can best be dealt with through the Block Watch program.

Accordingly, we are holding a zoom meeting as follows:      Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM

The meeting will be hosted by Ms Lindsay Wiebe, Surrey RCMP Community Programs Coordinator. Below is the link by which you can join the meeting. We encourage everyone to participate & become familiar with the block watch program.

Topic: FHCA Block Watch Information Session
Time: Jun 17, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver

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Meeting ID: 923 5645 8104
Password: 135437
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On behalf of the Fraser Heights Community Association,

Ed MacIntosh, President

Please let your neighbours who might not already be members of the association know about the meeting. All residents of Fraser Heights are welcome.

RCMP May update for Fraser Heights

Update from Sergeant Mike Spencer,Guildford/Fleetwood Community Response Unit, RCMP.

I hope that everyone in Fraser Heights who I have come to know over the past couple of years are coping well during these trying times.

I have just finished going over the results of the March and April statistics for Fraser Heights, and I thought I would share the findings with you.  Please feel free to share them with anyone in Fraser Heights who might be interested in them.  I have tried to break them down to make sense to anyone reading them, while painting an accurate picture… without going into so much detail that people stop reading (a problem I often create!!)

I have also attached to this the Surrey RCMP’s 2019 Report to the Community, which was literally just released to the public today. (Note: this could not be attached, but if you are interested in a copy, please email: Surrey_Webmaster@rcmp-grc.gc.ca with the subject line: 2019 Report to the Community).
You can also make this document available to everyone in Fraser Heights, if you feel so inclined.


As far as the statistics go for Fraser Heights over the full two calendar months of March & April, 2020, there was the following reported to the Surrey RCMP:

A total of two (2) Residential B&E’s were reported

  • One was to an unoccupied new house under construction where the suspect was scared off by an alarm system and fled immediately after tripping it.  Nothing was stolen.  The other was a male who literally walked into an unlocked basement door during the evening, spoke to the person in the house, and then left.   It is unclear to the homeowner and the Surrey RCMP if this person was confused, suffering from mental issues, or actually looking to commit a crime in the house.  There was a time delay in this being reported to the RCMP and police were unable to locate and question the subject of complaint.

A total of four (4) Cars were reported stolen from Fraser Heights

  • Two of these cars were stolen with keys – one of the sets of keys being found by the suspect when he broke into the car next to it in the same driveway.   Of the four stolen cars, two were recovered in Ridge Meadows, and another was recovered in Abbotsford.   The RCMP Forensic Unit located fingerprints in two of these vehicles upon recovery and the investigations for those are ongoing.  None of these cars had any anti-theft devices being used, other than the two that were stolen with keys – unfortunately the built-in anti-theft device in these cars are thwarted when the suspect is able to use the keys.

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Fraser Heights Park Garden Initiative

Fraser Heights Park Garden Initiative

Park Partnerships

May – November 2020

Purpose:             

The City of Surrey is seeking community members who would like the opportunity to use the self-watering garden plots at Fraser Heights Park for personal gardening.

Program details:

  • There are 12 self-watering garden plots located between the tennis courts and the Fraser Heights Community Centre.
  • 10 of these plots will be for individual gardening. We suggest that each family involved oversee 2 plots for personal gardening.
  • 2 garden plots that will be for communal garden use with the intention of donation to the food bank. Each gardener will be responsible for contributing to the maintenance of the communal garden plots.
  • Each gardener will sign a one-year agreement in order to garden.

Fees:

No fees will be collected for participation in the 2020 growing season.

Supplies:

  • City of Surrey Parks will supply seeds, garden gloves, as well as a hose & water connection to the building.
  • Gardeners will supply personal gardening tools and ongoing supplies for garden plot maintenance.

Interested? What do you need to do?

If you are interested in gardening at this site, please fill out the application form on the City of Surrey web page (in the Fraser Heights Park Community Garden Opportunity section):

https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/7108.aspx and email it to partnersinparks@surrey.ca.  Because space is limited and to keep the process fair, the first 5 families to sign up will be given a spot at the garden.