Public hearing on Highcrest (Coast) proposal for high density residential buildings – last chance to be heard

On Monday March 28, the developer at the Highcrest (Coast) property at 9933 Barnston Drive will be submitting a proposal to Surrey Council to reduce the amount of retail / commercial space and increase residential density with a 5-story structure. If you want your opinion to count, you don’t have to attend in person, just TAKE A MOMENT TO REGISTER YOUR OPINION by clicking on the link below and fill in the form by March 27:

https://my.surrey.ca/public-hearing/form

You may also send an email to: clerks@surrey.ca

We are recommending the proposal be rejected for the following reasons:

1. A proposal very similar to this one was rejected by Surrey Council in 2017.
2. Another proposal similar to this one was again rejected by the current Surrey Council in July 2021. There is no material change with this proposal.
3. This proposal is deficient in commercial / retail and green space and should be serving the needs of residents on the east side of Fraser Heights.
4. This proposal contains a 5-storey building with residences, which is completely out of place in Fraser Heights. This would also set a bad precedent for the four apartment buildings slated for the SW quadrant of this developer’s property.
5. On-property parking is not properly addressed. Current resident parking on Barnston Drive and 177A St will only become worse.
6. This congestion, parking, and lack of services will only become worse when further development on this property will be submitted by this developer – there is still the potential for 300+ additional residential units to be built at some time in the future.

Development proposal at Highcrest (now Coast) at 9933 Barnston Drive – you should oppose

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL AT HIGHCREST (NOW RENAMED COAST), AT 176 ST. AND BARNSTON DRIVE – AS A FRASER HEIGHTS RESIDENT, YOU SHOULD OPPOSE

There is a development proposal for increased residential density and reduced commercial services for the existing Highcrest (now Coast) development at 9933 Barnston Drive East (176 St and Barnston Drive). This will not serve the residents of Fraser Heights in the way that was proposed when the development first got approved. In the original proposal, this development was to deliver a commercial portion that would provide retail services (eg corner store, coffee shop, services) within walking distance for existing and new development along Barnston Drive and 96 Ave from Pacific Academy to 182A St, and the new developments on 177A St – 182A St.

Now the proposal has greatly reduced any retail, and instead proposes more residential density with the associated parking issues and traffic congestion through Pacific Academy to 160 St, and inserts high-density buildings alongside current single family residences.

 Why should you write to the planning department and oppose this development?

  • A proposal very similar to this one was rejected by Surrey Council in 2017.
  • Another proposal similar to this one was again rejected by the current Surrey Council in July 2021. Nothing has changed.
  • This proposal is deficient in commercial / retail and green space and should be serving the needs of residents on the east side of Fraser Heights.
  • This proposal contains a 6-storey building with residences, which is completely out of place in Fraser Heights. This would also set a precedent for the four apartment buildings slated for the SW quadrant of this developer’s property.
  • On-property parking is not properly addressed. Current resident parking on Barnston Drive and 177A St will only become worse.
  • This congestion, parking, and lack of services will only become worse when further development on this property will be submitted by this developer – there is still the potential for 300+ additional residential units to be built at some time in the future.

What can you do?

Take a few moments to register your opposition to this project in an email by simply following these steps:

  • Create an email to

Ingrid.Matthews@surrey.ca

clerks@surrey.ca

CC: directors@fhca.ca

  • Subject: PROJECT NO: 7921 – 0160 – 00  &  7920 – 0161 – 00, 9933 Barnston Drive East
  • Identify that you OPPOSE the proposed development
  • Be sure to include your name and address

 

Fraser Wood Elementary playground

With the help of all its business and community sponsors, Fraser Wood Elementary is excited to announce the installation of its new playground this spring! Out of the four elementary schools in the Fraser Heights community, this will be the first inclusive and accessible playground! This playground is designed to create a multi-faceted, sensory-rich play space where children of diverse abilities and aptitudes, ages and stages can enjoy outdoor play. With its uniquely designed zones, this playground is an action-packed structure with a variety of upper body and climbing activities, combined with a ground- level play area for the best of both worlds.  With more than 500 students attending Fraser Wood, and a growing community of young families in the Fraser Heights area, there was a great need to expand the playground equipment on the school grounds.

Thank you to all our sponsors who have helped make this project possible:

Platinum Falcon Sponsor: $50,000 Donation

– HZ Apps

Gold Sponsor: $10,000 Donation

– Paddington Properties

– Foxridge Homes

– Parker Magnuson

– Grandpa Inc.

Silver Sponsor: $1,000 – $2,500 Donation

– Purba Furniture

– Mae Hernandez

– Suzette Ripper

– Lilibeth Ocampo

– Antonio Hernandez

– Roy Hernandez

Bronze Sponsor: $500 Donation

– MetroPointe Investments

– Home Envy Furnishings

– Emily Oh Power Team

– Global Insurance

– Vicky Wang

– Kirpaul Kaur-Principal, Fraser Wood Elementary

– Jagdev Sikham

– Jean Fan

– Real Yoga Sarah Chen

Please feel free to contact me for more information. Thanks!

Jody Sikham

Fraser Wood Elementary PAC

jodysikham@gmail.com

604-671-6352

RCMP December update

Message from Sgt. Tyler WICKWARE of the RCMP

 

Hello Fraser Heights Residents,

I am writing to provide you with a Winter update on property crime statistics for your neighbourhood. In the time period between October 1, 2021 and December 14, 2021 there have been:

  • 3 Residential Break and Enters; (Compared to 5 in the same period in 2020.)
  • 3 Commercial Break and Enter;  (1 in 2020)
  • 22 Thefts from an Auto; (17 in 2020)
  • 4 Thefts of an Auto; (4 in 2020)
  • 1 Thefts of Bike; (1 in 2020) and
  • 1 Theft of Mail. (2 in 2020)

Of note, the 3 residential break and enters have all occurred in the month of December. It is not clear at this point of they are related in any way. As always, please report all crimes, suspicious persons / vehicles to the non-emergency line, online via our website, or 911 if the situation dictates. With regards to reporting suspicious persons / vehicles, ensure to focus about the behaviour of the individual (ie what is the person doing which causes concern?)

I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is able to spend some time with family and friends and remains safe with the ongoing pandemic. While partaking in holiday festivities and shopping, just a few reminders to help reduce property crime:

  • If expecting package deliveries, ensure to retrieve the package from your porch, etc as quick as possible; and
  • Do not leave gifts, shopping, or other valuables visible in vehicles.

Lastly, I would like to announce that as of December 31, 2021, I will be moving on from Surrey Detachment for a promotional opportunity at Ridge Meadows Detachment. It is unfortunate that Covid-19 did not allow us to have normal in person community meetings to share ideas and information during my time in the position. A search has already begun for my replacement and I would imagine that the position will be filled shortly. In the meantime, Cpl Ryan Muntener and Cpl Darryl Vanderstoep will be sharing the responsibilities of the job. I will ensure they reach out with an introductory message.

Regards,

Tyler

Sgt. Tyler WICKWARE

Community Response Unit

D2 – Guildford / Fleetwood / Fraser Heights

Surrey RCMP / Government of Canada

tyler.wickware@rcmp-grc.gc.ca / Tel: 604-507-5977

Update from RCMP on security and tips for Fraser Heights

Hello Fraser Heights Residents,

I am writing to provide you with a Fall update on property crime statistics for your neighbourhood. In the time period between May 1 and Sept 30 there have been:

  • 5 Residential Break and Enters; (Compared to 8 in the same period in 2020)
  • 1 Commercial Break and Enter;  (0 in 2020)
  • 37 Thefts from an Auto; (54 in 2020. Two of the 37 have occurred in the Month of September)
  • 8 Thefts of an Auto; (4 in 2020) and
  • 4 Thefts of Bike. (2 in 2020)

With regards to the thefts of auto, 7 of the cases occurred prior to mid August with 1 case occurring in September. There is no confirmed link amongst any of the cases.

With Fall and more darkness upon us, it is a good time to bring up our annual Fall property crime prevention tips:

  • Consider having interior / exterior lights on a timer in order to make your residence less enticing to would be property crime offenders;
  • Lock bikes inside of a garage or shed if possible;
  • Avoid warming up your vehicle with the keys inside; and
  • Remove all valuables from parked vehicles, including garage door openers.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to encourage continued reporting of incidents to police, either through 911 for emergencies, or our non-emergency line and online reporting tool for other issues. The reports received from citizens allow us to have a more complete picture of what is happening in our City.

Regards,

Sgt. Tyler WICKWARE

Community Response Unit

D2 – Guildford / Fleetwood / Fraser Heights

Surrey RCMP / Government of Canada

tyler.wickware@rcmp-grc.gc.ca / Tel: 604-507-5977

 

Serg. Tyler WICKWARE

Groupe d’Intervention Communautaire

D2 – Guildford / Fleetwood / Fraser Heights

GRC de Surrey / Government du Canada

tyler.wickware@rcmp-grc.gc.ca / Tél: 604-507-5977

Condolences

The Fraser Heights Community Association, and all our community, is mourning the tragic loss of three young men in a vehicle accident in Fraser Heights. Our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Caleb Reimer, Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson.