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.

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 www.surrey.rcmp.ca.

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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 metrovancouver.org/SurreyBendOpening 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 – 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.

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 Laurie.Clarkson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• 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 http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=71&languageId=1&contentId=32629
• Problems with Parks – they are governed by Metro Vancouver but residential problems are dealt with by City bylaws

Heather Paradis (heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) 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 www.antifraudcentre-cdentreantifraude.ca 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 http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/667.aspx 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 – http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/665.aspx . 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

Parkview Place open house

There will be a Public Information Meeting for a proposed development at 104 Ave and 166 St (Parkview Place) in Fraser Heights.

Date: Thursday, January 7
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 15808 104 Ave, Surrey (on left heading towards Guildford Mall)

The Developers and Consultants are seeking input from the community regarding the development at Parkview Place prior to presenting the project back to City Council.

The proposal is to rezone from the lower density RA zone to the CD zone based on higher density RF and RF-12 zones, as discussed at the last general meeting of the Fraser Heights Community Association. If you have concerns regarding this development that is proposing RF-12 lots, please attend this Public Information Meeting and fill out a comment form. This information will be compiled and submitted to the Mayor and Council to review in their decision on the development.

Meeting minutes, November 25 2015

November 25, 2015

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.

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – total account balance is $3535.33

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Sergeant Laurie Clarkson can be reached at laurie.clarkson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• Corporal Bob Keay (bob.keay@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) attended our meeting. He has been working with the neighbourhood liaison unit for about 8 months. They are going through restructuring now to focus more on communities – to see where crime stats are. They regularly canvas businesses to see about activity in the neighbourhood and offer advice. Their new name is Community Response Unit. Laurie is his direct boss. They are looking at increasing # of officers in this unit. They have been targeting adults who hang around with youth and knock on doors to ask residents about neighbourhood concerns. This unit works throughout Surrey.
• District 2 got several new recruits/officers but it takes 6 months of training at the depot and ride-along with trainers before they patrol on their own.
• School liaison officers – there are 17 in Surrey and they focus on concerns and issues at the schools. Two officers are assigned to Fraser Hts Secondary and Pacific Academy High Schools (they do visit the FH elementary schools as well). Their role is interactive, directly working with the students. They do educational presentations, have preventative programs, provide students with life skills and teach them how to report various incidents. Surrey’s prevention program has been recognized as one of the best in Canada.
• This month is pedestrian safety month. Make sure you are visible when walking in low light or at night time. Wear light clothing/wear a safety vest or use reflectors on your clothes. After educating students on pedestrian safety on November 30th, reflectors will be handed out to increase visibility when walking at night.
• Heather Paradis (heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) presented crime stats from 2014 to 2015. There were 29 Break and Enters in 2014 but only 9 in 2015 – these numbers have gone down. Property crime also decreased (stats are taken from all reported cases so if you didn’t report an incident, it wouldn’t be part of the stats).
• If residents want more information on Emergency Preparedness, they can call/email Heather.
• The big wind storm on August 29th caused a lot of damage. Many residents were without power for hours to days. Make sure you have a kit with supplies for a minimum of 3 days to preferably a week. Pack the essentials in a Rubbermaid tote (bin with wheels) or a backpack.
• Another Emergency Preparedness meeting will be held in February (watch for the date). It is about 3 hours long and is intended for 30 people so to guarantee a space, call 604-543-6795. You can find more information at www.surrey.ca/sep or www.getprepared.ca
• If your house is not well ventilated, it is not recommended to use a gas fireplace or gas stove when power out as the carbon monoxide can build up in the house. If you use your barbeque, do not bring it in the house.
• Muster points for emergencies in Fraser Heights are usually at the local schools or Rec Centre. It is best to make arrangements with your own family members to meet someplace in the event of an emergency.
• 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 new Surrey app called Surrey Request for emergency and non-emergency issues (pictures can be attached to your reports). This app has a link to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers.

• The development plan (7914-0322-00) of acre properties in Parkview Place (south of 104 Ave and west of 167 St) is to subdivide these properties into 53 single lots with 41 of them being the smaller RF12 (3445 sq ft lots), 1 park lot and retain 2 existing houses. This will be going for reading on Monday, November 30th at City Council. Most residents were upset that RF12 housing had been proposed for this area. Current housing developments in most of FH are RF (5 to 6 houses per acre). In addition to the higher density, there were concerns about parking, access in and out of this area and a housing structure that was not in line with the rest of FH. The infrastructure for increased traffic in FH is not in place. We are a community surrounded by Highways and have very limited access in and out of FH (we only have 3 routes to get in and out of FH – 156 St, 160 St, 176/SFPR or Hwy 17).
• Residents were requested to attend the meeting at City Hall (Surrey Central) on Monday and sign in early (6:30 p.m.) so they could speak to the matter. Even if residents do not live in this area of FH, let’s stand together on this issue so it doesn’t happen elsewhere in FH. Take your neighbours, sign in to speak to mayor and council and be concise and clear about your concerns and how you would like the area to look. State concerns using precise locations/addresses and speak briefly. Mention sizes of trees etc. 9 letters of concern came to our directors but there were probably more. These letters caused the minimal changes along the east side of the proposed development – the City took out one lot so the lots are wider but still much smaller lots. Residents should stay until the end of the meeting.
• There were also concerns about the houses being too close to the #1 Hwy without an adequate buffer for noise and pollution. The trucks on the Highway, through their exhaust, put fine particles/fumes in the air which can cause significant health issue for houses along freeway. All of FH is landlocked by freeways so this is a big concern to FH.
• Forward any concerns you have about development issues to Don Luymes at the City If less houses were put in, more trees could be retained and provide a better buffer.
• Don Luymes (dluymes@surrey.ca) had held an open house on East Fraser Heights Concept Plan at the Rec Centre that was well attended. It was apparent FH residents did not want RF12 housing in that area, they wanted buffers and other issues addressed. The City reviewed all requests/suggestions and made changes to the plans that were more in line with the residents’ ideas for the area.
• The City sends notification of future developments to residents within 100 metres of a site to be developed. This means that most residents in an area have no idea about future land use, especially if they do not speak English.
• During the last wind storm, many trees fell down or large branches snapped off them, causing a lot of damage. Arborists took down several other trees, if they found anything wrong, to prevent future disasters from those trees.
• Historical perspective – In the early days of FH, Fraser Glen was going to be an industrial park – Nesters was going to be strip mall with townhouses behind it. In order to get this changed, it took the whole community to rally together.
• When Pacific Academy (PA) was planning their campus in FH, they came to the community to discuss their plans and together, the community went to council with PA to support their application.
• The Official community plan has pretty much stuck to that plan set in 1980s until recently.
• 156 St and 110 Ave – the proposed development was for RF 12. Only a few residents received notification of this (they were within 100 metres of the site). Residents nearby sent letters to the planners, mayor and council that this did not fit with the surrounding community so the proposal was changed to RF (5 or 6 houses/acre).
• Dave Hayer spoke about the changes from when he moved to Surrey in 1972. He lives in the Clayton area where there is RF 12 housing. Parking and congestion are big concerns as well as space in the local schools. He urged FH residents to stand together as one community to oppose this type of housing.
• FH residents also got the location of the SFPR (Hwy 17 or South Fraser Perimeter Road) changed. Originally, it was going to run along 112th and divide our community. The City/province listened to residents and moved it to where it is now located.
• City hall does consult with our community for feedback – their doors are open for discussion. It is important to let them know when you have concerns as one voice speaks for many.
• It is important to attend council meetings. Due to FH residents’ responses to East FH development, the City is trying to accommodate everyone’s concerns and comments. They hope to bring their new plans to council before Christ mas. The biggest concerns were for keeping the density consistent with what we already have here, retain more trees and provide residents with a look and feel as to what we already have. Don heard us. Changes were made.
• Densities that were between Hwy 1 and 100 Ave, west of 176 (Hwy 17) were proposed as 10 to 15/acre. East of 176 on Barnston were to be mostly urban residential 8 – 10/acre.
• 177A Street, near the businesses, was proposed to have medium density clusters of 10 to 12 per acre
• The proposed housing on Lysean Drive ranges from 2 to 4, and 4 to 6 per acre plus a new park is planned for that area
• Residents were concerned that the City identifies trees to be saved but developers can pay to take them down. Developers are required to plant trees to replace these trees but they are considerably smaller and are often not planted in the same area). The Ruby Hill development at the entrance to FH (160 St and 104 Ave) had all the trees removed as small RF12 lots meant there was no space for trees. Many large trees, that had been identified to be saved, were taken down and now this development is an eyesore when entering FH.
• Emails had been sent to the City asking for trees and landscaping around the Ruby Hill development but City/Province haven’t acted on this. Please continue to send emails to the City as residents have complained that the once beautiful entrance to FH has now been replaced by a big ugly, cathedral-like housing development (tall and dark) that needs to be hidden amongst trees.
• Multiuse pathway by Pacific Academy along Barnston Drive West – many trees were taken out but new trees were planted (fewer than those removed). Lighting was also installed (it wasn’t on the original plan but was requested by residents).
• 162 St and 110 Ave – 6 RF lots are proposed for this site. It is also on the agenda for the Nov 30 for public hearing. It was stated that the housing surrounding it had 5 houses to the acre. Some residents were concerned that one extra house/acre may not match what already exists.
• 10555 160 St – 6 small family lots (RF12) were proposed for this lot which is the same type of development as in neighbouring Ruby Hill. The application is in the preliminary stages and can still be contested. Send an email to the planner, mayor and council if you have any concerns.
• Some FH residents want to stay in FH but downsize to smaller homes or homes on one level which can be hard to find. The majority of feedback was to keep densities down and consistent through FH.
• In East FH, low density townhomes have been proposed. Multifamily housing was proposed for area west of 176 on 100th but concerns were traffic issues that would arise from this. 177A can be quite busy in rush hour.

City of Surrey Parks and Recreation – Surrey Bend Park:
• Doug Merry (dmerry@surrey.ca), from the City of Surrey, Parks did a presentation on Surrey Bend (SB).
• There is a report under Parks and Rec on the City website: http://www.surrey.ca/files/DraftSBRP-ManagementPlan-July1220101.pdf
• SB is made up of 860 acres with over 5 km of waterfront. To compare sizes, Stanley Park is 1000 acres and Tynehead is 642.5 acres. Tynehead has multiple access sites but SB will only have one access site.
• It contains the last piece of undiked land that has significant flooding annually
• There are a variety of ecosystems at SB with unique bog and swamp lands
• SB is divided into 3 units – Bog, Fraser River Unit and Parson’s channel unit.
• Development focused on the south-east area. There is no budget for anything west of this at this time.
• Due to sensitivity of the ecosystems of SB, only a small part of the park will be accessible
• Train tracks cut off part of the park
• Enter parking lot off 104 Ave, beside the pond. The grey area (on Concept 2 map) is ferry to Barnston Island
• There will be picnic tables, benches, washrooms and water hookups. There will also be 3 park shelters which can be reserved. They are reported to be able to hold about 44 people each. They can be reserved by contacting Metro Vancouver. Question was – will it cost to reserve them because Derby Reach does but Tynehead does not. Answer was – most likely not.
• Natural play areas made from rock/wood will be in the accessible area. Where the lands are subject to flooding, the ground has been raised by about 1 meter
• There are about 10 Km of paths made up of gravel. Dogs must be leashed. The intent is for foot traffic, not bikes. Land around the trails is quite boggy so stay on the trails.
• Scheduled opening date is April 2016.
• Question – will there be fire pits or barbeques – no, they had not been mentioned when planning
• Shared costs (half City of Surrey and half Metro Vancouver). City paid for planning and Metro paid for construction so it met their standards.
• Park will most likely be open dawn to dusk as no lights are proposed for SB. There will be a gate to close off parking lot.
• Eventually an overpass will be built to connect SB to FH. Doug said this would be decades away but is in the long term planning. This would make a loop for those cycling through FH.
• Question: Will there be boat ramps/launch – the City determined it was a natural area. Parson’s channel is active so no place to launch boats is in the plans.
• Fishing opportunities – SB is close to water and there is nothing to stop people from fishing as people already currently do so.

Doug Merry also presented on the Infestation of European Chafer Beetle
• This invasive beetle arrived in 2001. It lives in the soil under grass. The larvae do damage by eating the grass roots but the grass damage seen is due to raccoons and crows who pull up the grass to eat the beetle larvae. There are infected lawns seen all over FH.
• To decrease the number of larvae in your lawn, keep grass healthy and well aerated as weak lawns are more susceptible to infestation.
• The City has been experimenting with different types of lawn such as micro-clover which has a different type of root system.
• Creeping thyme, mosses and other plants can be used instead of grass as they have a different type of root system which is not attacked by the beetle larvae – or plant more trees, shrubs and flowers instead.
• Nematodes – this is an expensive way to treat the larvae – there is a 2 day window to apply and lawn must be watered (not good under watering restrictions). It is not very affective for most people.
• When mating, these beetles fly and are attracted to light – there seem to be more lawns damaged in areas where street lamps are as they often they lay eggs around the lit areas
• A website – www.Surrey.ca/chaferbeetle – is being developed and will be up and running in the near future
• Don’t put chicken wire over lawn as this will prevent raccoons and crows from eating the larvae – we want them to eat as many as they can to help control the problem.

Fraser View park off-leash dog park
• Currently, an off-leash park is being installed in South Surrey so Fraser View Park (160 Street and 112 Ave – north east corner) may possibly be the next park to receive an off-leash area for dogs.
• If Fraser View Park is next, it will be planned for in 2016 and developed in 2017. If you are interested in getting this off leash site in FH, please email Doug Merry (dmerry@surrey.ca) as the community that makes the most requests will be next to get their off-leash park. We were one of the identified areas to get an off-leash park by 2019.

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• It was reported that 275 people checked in at the East FH Land Use Concept open house at the FH Rec Centre. This shows a unified community to have such good attendance when issues arise!
• Rexall garbage bin – it is a disaster as garbage is left out of the bins and there’s an infestation of rats. Residents were advised to phone bylaws or take pictures and report this on the Surrey Request app. Surrey usually deals with requests made on this app quite quickly.

The next two scheduled meetings for this school year are:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fraser Heights Developments – Public Hearing

Notification of Public Hearing

The following Developments in Fraser Heights are going to Public Hearing on Monday, November 30,2015:

Parkview Place & 104th Ave.
16240 – 110th Ave.

If you have concerns regarding these developments, please attend the City of Surrey’s Public Hearing on Monday evening held at the Surrey City Hall at 13450 – 104th Avenue.

Sign in at the City Hall lobby at 6:30pm. If you wish to speak in the Public Hearing regarding the development you need to register in the lobby at 6:30pm. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Any correspondence, petitions, and/or information can be submitted before noon on Monday to the City Clerk at clerks@surrey.ca or fax to 604-501-7578.