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:

Councillor Tom Gill:

Councillor Bruce Hayne:

Councillor Vera LeFranc:

Councillor Mary Martin:

Councillor Mike Starchuk:

Councillor Barbara Steele:

Councillor Judy Villeneuve:

Councillor Dave Woods:

Minutes, Fraser Heights Community Association, May 4 2016

May 4, 2016

President’s report
• Web site –
• 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 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 and tickets can be obtained at – 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
• Cst. Cynthia Sciortino,, 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, 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 or by using the Surrey Request app.
• Heather Paradis, 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 ( 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
• 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
b) Cpl Mike Dougherty 778-593-3377
c) Cpl David Fouche 604-502-6282

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:
• Ehab Taha ( 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 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

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

Committed to serving the Community
Your Surrey RCMP is committed to providing a sensitive, responsive, professional policing service for all Surrey communities. For more information about Surrey RCMP Programs & Services, how to Protect Yourself, or our latest News Releases visit

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776

Surrey Bend Park opening

Saturday April 16, 2016
12 noon to 4 pm, Official Ceremony at 12:30 pm

Come and celebrate the opening of your park!

Celebrate the opening of Surrey Bend Regional Park, the newest addition to our Regional Park system. This family-friendly event will offer interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, stilt-walk artists, face painting and nature programs. Discover multi-use trails while investigating the wetlands, bogs and floodplains that make this a regionally significant natural area.

Main stage performances by:
• Bobs & Lolo Feature act
• Norma McKnight Ventriloquist
• Tony Prophet

This is a free, drop-in event, no registration required. For information call 604 520-6442 or visit for details.

How to Get There:
Park at Pacific Academy, 10238-10300 168 St., Surrey, BC, and take a free shuttle bus to Surrey Bend Regional Park. First shuttle bus leaves Pacific Academy at 11:30 am. Last shuttle bus leaves Surrey Bend at 4:30 pm. Shuttles depart every 20 minutes.

FHCA Meeting minutes, February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016

President’s report
• Web site –
• 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 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 $3,438.54
• Expenditures were $140.00

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Sergeant Laurie Clarkson was introduced tonight. She can be reached at
• Criminal offenses went from 119 in 2014 to 77 in 2015 (a significant drop) – spread out throughout FH area
• Stats on FH were pulled from Jan 1 to Feb 15 in both 2015 and 2016. There were 55 offenses in 2015 and only 27 in 2016 in the same time frame.
• B&E – garage door openers in vehicles – don’t leave in vehicle (take it with you).
• Vehicle thefts – thieves gained entry through car door or windows. If leaving car outside, you need to use a locking device on steering wheel.
• Theft from vehicle – majority of thefts were to take something visibly left in vehicle such as a purse, change, clothes etc. Don’t leave items in main part of vehicle where they can be seen. Thieves don’t care what your deductible costs to fix car, they take what they want.
• Tynehead Park – regular and bike patrols are being done in the area as there has been vandalism and many thefts from vehicles in the parking lot. Police can’t be there 24/7 so please minimize enticement by keeping interior of car free of items.
• It was reported that, at the off-leash parking area at Tynehead Park, several people had left their cars unlocked while walking their dogs – this makes it easy for thieves to break in.
• Laurie Clarkson praised residents for reporting and calling in suspicious persons/vehicles seen in FH – it has been most helpful!
• Be vigilant – if something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. Don’t make it easy for people to steal. Report even minor incidents to police.
• False alarms/abandoned 911 calls made up a significant number of calls for service, especially pocket dialing (often phones in bags get knocked about and accidently call 911). These false alarms take a significant amount of police resources as police respond to each call, just in case there really is an emergency. Be aware, police may even enter your house to see if someone could be hiding while calling 911 or to look for suspicious activity.
• # of new officers added to Surrey RCMP have been evenly distributed throughout the City
• District 2 – this is a fairly big area with irregular boundaries – see map at
• Problems with Parks – they are governed by Metro Vancouver but residential problems are dealt with by City bylaws

Heather Paradis ( reported on the following:
• SCAM: With tax time coming, these scammers phone, text or email residents. They say they’re from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). They are very aggressive and will call numerous times to say you owe money. They may even say you’ll be arrested and a police officer is on the way to your house if you don’t pay up. These people sometimes say you have a rebate – they want you to click a link so they can get your information (which they say they need in order to deposit the money). They won’t be depositing anything. PLEASE NOTE: Canada Revenue Agency does NOT call to talk about your taxes – they send mail. CRA talks about this scam on their website. CRA WILL NOT leave a voice message nor will they send you a text. Don’t confirm any information with these fraudsters, not name, phone # or anything. They try to keep you on the line a long time. Your call display will even show they are from CRA – but this is caller ID spoofing. Sometimes caller display even shows your own phone number on call display. If you do give them money, it is your loss. Pass info onto family and friends. They’re especially targeting seniors.
• Call the Canadian Antifraud agency if you receive these types of scam calls – toll free # is 1-888-495-8501 or go online to report these calls.
• Donations at door – If you are unsure about the people or organization, ask for materials or their website – you can usually donate online, if you are interested. Sometimes, these people come late at night. Acknowledge you’re home but don’t open door as they may be knocking just to find out if anyone is home. If it feels suspicious, call it in and make a report. Can take up to an hour to get officer there. Get plate numbers or any other information about this.
• Last week, 2 vehicles were stolen from Glenwood drive (details not known, no exact address)
• Weekly, police publish stats on types of vehicles stolen, areas they were stolen from and where they were recovered (100 block, no exact addresses)
• 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 or by using the following app:

City of Surrey App for phones to make requests to the City
• It is called Surrey Request (the app has a green background with a white check mark in a white outline of a circle)
• You can use it to submit:
a) An emergency – it links to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers
b) A service request for items such as animal control, graffiti, litter, parking, parks, road surfaces, secondary suites, sidewalks/walkways, street lights sewer backup, traffic signals, transportation, tree issues, unsightly property, waste collection, water quality, water leaks and other issues.
c) View recent requests
• There is a “pin” that you can insert into a map that will show the location of the problem
• You can attach pictures to show the problem
• City staff are quite prompt at getting back to you about your concerns – even if they can’t deal with it right away, they will let you know that (e.g., downed trees in the last windstorm)

Mike Starchuk, City of Surrey Councillor shared the following:
• Stats on crime – reported crimes will get more police patrolling in areas where criminal activity is. Please report any type of criminal activity.
• The City of Surrey is using COSMOS, a navigation tool – . It is supported by Firefox, Safari or IE but not by Chrome. It can be used to look up information pertaining to zoning, land use, underground utilities, schools, parks, recreation centres and more. There are videos to show how to use this site.
• Report any illegal dumping – the City bylaws department will take an active role in fining those responsible, if reported. Reports can be made through the Surrey Request app or by phoning bylaws at the City
• Please note: the City has a large item pick up service (e.g., fridges, sofas, large appliances, mattresses, washers, dryers, stoves, barbeques etc.). Each residence is entitled to having 4 large items picked up per calendar year. If you have a registered secondary suite, they will pick up 6 large items. Please call 604-590-7289 (Option 3) to book a date for pick up at your curbside.
• LED street lighting change-over – The City has 28,000 streetlights that will gradually be changed over to the new LED lighting. These lights were piloted in the Newton area. Once the City is changed over, it will save $700,000 a year in electricity and about $300,000 in maintenance (about $1 million in savings per year). These bulbs provide better lighting at night – they make pedestrians and vehicles more visible. Surrey will be one of the first large cities in the country to change all the lights over to LED.
• Bio Fuel Facility in Port Kells – Surrey will be the only city in N America with this system. The large orange stack will be opening 2017. Waste from the green bins will go to that site. Fermenting process will take 12 weeks to produce methane and compost. It should produce enough natural gas to fuel the city vehicles. There is a giant stack, scrubber and odour remover so neighbouring areas will not “smell” the composting. This system is found in Europe and works well there.
• Compost from this facility will be available for community gardens and various other sites. A private company has partnered with the City and they will market/sell the compost starting at the end of 2017.
• Agricultural community – the City is trying to become more sustainable. There are about 23,000 acres of land in the reserve. A new program with a Biodome feature will be coming up in 2nd part of this year – a program to get young folks interested in farming. At this point in time, 6 restaurants have signed up for Sept to have 80% of their menu come from the City (on Sundays). One day, the City would like to see 100% of the food served in these restaurants produced in the City
• Pipeline – since the change in government, plans are up in the air. What they had planned on doing was not acceptable to the City. Surrey has intervenor status which allows the City to participate in the process of the Trans Mountain pipeline application.
• January 2015 – The Blue Dot program was introduced as the right to live in a healthy environment – to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat safe food. The goal is to get every city in Canada to sign on. Surrey has signed on as a participant.
• Glass is now down to about 4% going into the landfill in Metro Vancouver – remember to take your glass bottles/jars to recycling depots.
• RF 12 – it is harder to retain trees on these smaller lots as the houses take up most of the lot. These small lots are best suited to be near transit lines/Skytrain where the residents would not need vehicles to get places.


• 108 Ave and 155 Street Variance (setback variance) – this development is slated for a narrow strip of land beside the new multiuse pathway that is under construction (between 154 and 155 along north side of 108 Ave). The owner has been paying taxes on this land for 20 years. It was in reserve (no build) as the Province was unsure if they were going to build an overpass over the #1 Hwy at that point. In 2014, the owner took the initiative to get his property back so he could develop it. He was trying to get 3 residences on property – long homes turned sideways – so houses would be orientated widthwise to the street. The depth of the property is 40 feet so the homes were to be 30 feet deep and 90 feet long (along 108 Ave). The owner was asking to purchase 10 feet of land from the City, the length of the entire property, to meet the RF standard (which would bring this strip of land right up to multiuse pathway). Cuts would have to be made into the new multiuse pathway to put in driveways.
• This went to council and concerned residents/FH directors spoke against it. These houses did not fit with any houses in the area due to their shape and configuration on the property and another concern was lack of parking (parking could only be on the south side of 108th) so it was brought back to the staff. Some of the FH directors met with a City Planner and the owner to discuss the property.
• Residents now need to provide specific feedback as to what they would like to see on that property. Be clear and concise to get message across (e.g., green space, community garden etc.) – if you have some design ideas, include them.
• The owner is willing to cooperate with suggestions. His father developed the whole subdivision around this land. He would sell the City his property, if they are interested in buying it.
• It is currently not in the budget for the City to buy the land and the City is not seeking the property. Residents could write letters to city about this but take note – it takes time due to the way the budget works and the process to do this. Approach the City to make that a priority to turn this piece of land into parkland (or any other ideas residents may have).
• Public doesn’t normally get a hearing for variance requests – it is stamped and done. Residents started a flood of letters (many copied to FH Association) about the variance on 108 so this proposal was deferred to refer it back to staff. This hardly ever happens at variance and so, residents got a chance to talk to this. There is definitely strength in numbers!
• Note: the City sends notice of new developments to residences within 100 metres of a site to be developed. In some areas, that may mean few or no people get notification. Be vigilant and watch for green signs to go up then let the FH Association and neighbours know about these signs. The sooner we are all aware of these sites, the sooner we can start dealing with them before they are passed. Send your input and get your neighbours to write City Hall then show up as a cohesive group at council meetings to make your opinions known.
• There is power in residents getting together to stop plans that do not fit with housing around the new developments. A green sign indicated that a development at 110 Ave and 156 St was to have RF 12 housing. Neighbours got together and proposal was withdrawn and is now slated to have RF housing as per the houses around it.
• One resident mentioned having received a letter for property off Abbey Drive which backs onto 176 St (173 turns into Abbey drive and this is the new 176, a quiet cul de sac). The proposal was to clear the bush and put in RF 12 housing (3500 sq ft lots). The concern was that, once one property is converted to RF 12, other such developments will follow.
• Parkview Place Development update. Some residents got together and knocked on doors of all houses in the area that would be affected by this development as only a few people had been informed about the plans. They had a single message “RF not RF 12”. The open house was across the freeway at the Holiday Inn Express where there was limited parking but large numbers of residents showed up! 195 feedback forms were filled out and these went to City planner then to developer. General consensus from feedback was that no one wanted RF 12 lots. Developer is going back to revamp development. Council did hear what residents and FH directors said at council meeting so the City did refer it back to staff. There will be an update on this at the next meeting.
• Trees – residents want the trees along the freeway to be left as they provide a noise barrier and help filter exhaust fumes. The City is on a 20 year plan to try to catch up planting trees for all those removed. City’s vision goes to 2058 – they want to exceed the canopy by then.
• On COSMOS, you can see every tree that was planted – they are all catalogued – type etc. The “tree people” are proud of having these stats available.
• Ruby Hill – 100 foot trees were all removed and now houses on very narrow RF 12 lots stand on the entrance to freeway/FH.
• A development sign north of Ruby Hill, also slated to be RF 12 housing, means all those tall trees in that area will also be coming down. Residents were upset due to all the trees that were removed and are slated to be removed.
• The City has said that more affordable housing is needed but many residents said these RF 12 houses in Ruby Hill are selling for more than many of the other residences in FH. They are not more affordable, they are on tiny lots and all of them have secondary suites.
• East Fraser Heights Land use concept plan– Abbey Ridge local area plan is the new name for the concept plan that the City has been working on. Council approved stage one on Dec 14, 2015. Stage 2 is now in progress and the City is looking to bring this to council this summer to approve the plan and with reference to future developments in the area.
• The process for development is – developers bring plans of what they want to build to the City. City reviews plans. We often don’t find out about these plans until quite late in the process, often not until fairly close to when they come to council. Residents need to read the local papers to find out when public hearings are taking place about the various developments. It was noted that the first 2 stages of Parkview Place were passed before residents even got wind of it.
• Residents and FHCA want to get development information earlier. Send feedback to City to request getting these plans sooner in the process.

Surrey Bend Park – the Grand Opening is on April 16th at 3 p.m. Although the parking lot is not yet open, residents who have visited the park said the park was fabulous!

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• A resident mentioned it would be helpful to have any petitions dealing with community issues be located at a central spot such as Nesters. The problem was that all directors are volunteers with their own lives/families/jobs and could not possibly take on this responsibility.
• New residents – several realtors put information about Fraser Heights in their packages to new residents. It would be helpful if all new residents got information about the community and Community Association. Maybe create a “Welcome to Fraser Heights” packet?
• Another resident suggested FHCA mail out an annual letter to the community to let people know of the Association. Often, residents are not aware of the FHCA until they are faced with issues involving their part of the community.
• A request was made to allow the FHCA website to be more interactive.
• Note – there is a link on the right side of the website where residents can email directors to share information or bring up concerns.
• FHCA does not want to send out a lot of emails as people then tend to ignore them. We limit emails to pertinent information that is time sensitive so people will read them.

The last scheduled meeting for this school year is Wednesday, May 4, 2016