Development on Barnston Drive that will affect traffic and the feel of Fraser Heights

There will be a public hearing for a development that will affect all of Fraser Heights on June 26 at 7:00 pm at City Hall at 13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 1V8. The proposal below, 7916-0037-00, will be on the agenda. The developer of Highcrest at 176 St and Highway 1 has applied to increase the number of apartments in their development, and changing the proposal to allow more residences in what was previously zoned commercial (for stores and offices).

The impact on our community will be a further decline in the look and feel of our neighbourhood, more parking on the street, higher traffic accessing the highway through Fraser Heights, and increased load on our schools. If you object to this development change getting approved, you should do the following:

1. Write an email to council member and the mayor opposing – see details below

2. Go to City Hall on June 26. You can go to the main lobby between 6:30 and 6:55 where a City staff person has a list for people to sign: Name, Address & tick off “in favour” or “opposed”. You can also indicate if you would like to speak and address council. At approximately 6:55 the City staff person will collect the sheet(s), count the totals & deliver them to the Mayor in Chambers prior to the Hearing commencing.

You can then stick around for the council meeting and hear what happens at the proceeding, or simply head home now that your position has been recorded. Note that parking is underground at City Hall and is free on Council nights.

Your email can contain some of the following – please use your own words, since opposing emails with these words will be classified as only one opposing letter:

Indicate that you are writing about the development at 9933 Barnston Drive East, commonly known as Highcrest. Note that you live at (add your address here), and are affected by the development. You can then choose to include any issues on why you oppose the application, and could use any or all of the following points in your own words.

1. The Parking for Highcrest residents is already insufficient, resulting in excessive parking down 177A street, which does not even have any development on the east side but is already overloaded with parked cars from the density of development already there.

2. The project was originally approved by council in 2008 on the basis that ”While the proposal, if approved, would result in the loss of some employment lands, it has the potential to trigger the development of a neighbourhood village centre with up to 100,000 square feet of commercial space to serve the nearby emerging urban and established suburban neighbourhoods.”. With the Surrey council recently approving more developments and housing as part of the Local Area Plan for east Fraser Heights, the need for a neighbourhood village is even greater now than in was in 2008. Will the City really reverse the basis of approval for the project in the first place? Our neighbourhood is getting all the costs of the project and none of the benefits? Only the developer gains, the residents lose.

3. We need a “village centre” in the soon to be highly populated area of East Fraser Heights / Abbey Ridge. This current development proposal now seeks to reduce the commercial from 142,000 sq ft to just 4,050 sq. ft., just 3% of the originally committed amount. The only ”village centre” in Fraser Heights is at 160 St. & 108 Ave. There is clearly a need for another in the Abbey Ridge area.

4. There was great opposition from the community to the density of this proposal in 2008, resulting in it being revised downward a number of times, over concerns of overcrowding and stressing the resources in the community including but not limited to parking, traffic, schools, and transit (of which there is currently no service in this area, resulting in even greater concerns on parking and traffic).

5. The bottom line is that as a resident and caring citizen, you are expressing strong opposition to this proposal. The development should proceed on the basis upon which it was originally approved. Council should not be approving increasing density.

You can send your emails to the planner, dnip@surrey.ca. You should also send your thoughts to any and all of the mayor and council at the following email addresses:

Mayor Linda Hepner: mayor@surrey.ca

Councillor Tom Gill : TSGill@surrey.ca

Councillor Bruce Hayne: BruceHayne@surrey.ca

Councillor Vera LeFranc: Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca

Councillor Mary Martin: MMartin@surrey.ca

Councillor Mike Starchuck: Mike.Starchuck@surrey.ca

Councillor Barbara Steele: HBSteele@surrey.ca

Councillor Judy Villeneuve: JAVilleneuve@surrey.ca

Councillor Dave Woods: Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

Tree planting in Fraser Heights

The City of Surrey is planning to do the following tree planting in Fraser Heights to enhance our neighbourhood.

Join us at the next Fraser Heights Community Association meeting on May 10 at 7 pm in the Fraser Heights Secondary School auditorium for more details.

Site Location Description # of Trees Species of Tree to be Planted
156 St from 108 Ave to 10836 E side 7 Carpinus betulus ‘Globosa’
156 St from 108 Ave to 10831 W side 3 Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Patmore’
     
104 Ave N side grass strip 17000 blk 12 Parrotia persica
     
104 Ave South side 17300 blk 9 Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Marshall’
104 Ave North side 17300 blk 13 Acer truncatum ‘Pacific Sunset’
     
Barnston Drive West from 170A St to 168 St 7 Acer platanoides ‘Deborah’
  7 Parrotia persica ‘Inges Ruby Vase’
  7 Cladrastis ‘Kentukea’
     
  15 Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’
   
  4 Ginko biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’
     
177A from Barnston Drive E to Daly Road    
East side 13 Fraxinus pennsylvatica ‘Prairie Spire’
  13 Ulmas americana ‘Brandon’
  12 Quercus bicolor
     
West side in front of Park Just south of Daly road 10 Cornus kousa x nuttallii ‘Starlight’
     

Theft of cars and from cars

Surrey RCMP News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Date: 2016-04-03

Title:  Police and partners team up for auto crime prevention campaign

In support of Auto Crime Enforcement Month, the Surrey RCMP and its partners conducted an auto crime prevention campaign on Saturday, April 1st to enhance community safety and educate the public on ways they can reduce the incidence of thefts from vehicles.

Operation Protect It. Lock It. Keep It. was a joint effort between the Surrey RCMP, Surrey Crime Prevention Society, and ICBC. The campaign involved volunteers educating over 500 community members in the Clayton Crossing and Hillcrest Village shopping areas (Cloverdale) on how to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of auto crime.

“We were pleased to participate in this event which goes a long way in helping residents understand the difference they can make in reducing auto theft,” says Surrey RCMP Community Support and Safety Officer, Inspector Andy LeClair. “Leaving valuables in your vehicle is just an open invitation to criminals – we need to do what we can to not make ourselves easy targets.”

While both thefts from vehicles and thefts of vehicles are on a slight decline this year, auto theft is still an issue in Surrey, with hundreds of incidents reported each year.

Working to combat this crime type, police have recovered over 500 stolen vehicles in the city this year. Volunteers with the Surrey RCMP’s Stolen Auto Recovery program have also checked over 7,000 license plates of parked or moving vehicles to help locate these stolen vehicles. Last year, volunteers located 28 stolen vehicles and 3 have been located so far this year by one keen-eyed volunteer.

Residents can also pitch in by taking some simple steps to reduce auto theft.

“Vehicle crimes are often crimes of opportunity, and officers are still seeing an apparent complacency on behalf of vehicle owners when it comes to safeguarding their vehicle keys,” says Insp. LeClair.

Approximately thirty vehicles a month are being stolen in Surrey simply because owners are being careless with their keys by leaving them in their vehicles or in an area easily accessible by the public.

Here are some tips to help protect your vehicle and belongings:

  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas near pedestrian traffic.
  • Keep your garage door opener hidden or take it with you.
  • Keep your keys secure at all times. Don’t leave your keys unguarded — even at a restaurant or the gym.
  • Always lock your doors and close your windows, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a minute.
  • Remove electronics and valuables including smartphones, GPS and keys. Put anything in the trunk that could tempt a thief— even loose change or empty shopping bags.
  • Don’t store your spare or valet key in your vehicle.

For more information on auto crime visit the Surrey RCMP website or ICBC website.

For a list of British Columbia’s “Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders” and “Top 10 items stolen from vehicles” please visit www.baitcar.com.

 

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

Chafer beetles tearing up your lawn?

The City of Surrey spoke at an FHCA meeting last year about Chafer beetles and the damage they were doing in Surrey, including damage in Fraser Heights. The damage is visible again this year. Information about Chafer Beetle on the City’s website can be found at the following link:

http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/19005.aspx

A link to information on the BC Provincial website is as follows:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/agriculture-and-seafood/animal-and-crops/plant-health/phu-european-chafer.pdf

Fraud protection

Surrey RCMP News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Date:  2017-02-28

 Title:  Let’s talk about Fraud!

Male meets female online. Friendly conversations ensue. Female asks male to help handle her father’s estate. Cheque is mailed, cheque is cashed, cheque determined fraudulent. Female’s online profile is gone. Male out $9,000.

 Sports fan buys tickets on Craigslist. Tickets turn out fraudulent. Sports fan is out $350.

Female receives text message about lottery winnings. Cheque arrives, cheque is deposited with some funds transferred back for “insurance” purposes. Cheque later determined to be fraudulent. Female out $900. 

 

The Surrey RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre receives hundreds of these types of fraud complaints each year.

“It’s heartbreaking,” says Operational Communications Centre Manager Lindsay Scott. “Fraud is so prevalent, it seems everyone you talk to has a story to tell about someone trying to defraud them out of their money.”

With March being Fraud Prevention Month, the Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit is reminding residents about some common scams and how to protect yourself.

Even police officers have stories

One Surrey RCMP officer describes how his grandmother was scammed by the “grandparent scam”. This scam involves someone on the phone pretending to be a grandchild in trouble and needing money to get out of a jam.

“She’s on a fixed income and lives by herself so $500 was a lot,” says the officer. “She is still so embarrassed by it that she refuses to report it. Her grandchildren aren’t the type to get into trouble, so one would think that she would be wise to this ruse, but it goes to show you that anyone can be a victim.”

Can You Hear Me?

A new scam that the Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit is warning people about is the “Can You Hear Me?” scam. It has been widely reported on in the United States and is now making its way up to Canada. It essentially involves phone calls being made by scammers asking the victim “can you hear me?” When the victim says “Yes”, the fraudster records it and then uses your affirmative response to purchase and sign up the victim to various consumer goods and services that they didn’t agree to.

Don’t get “over-taxed”

Tax season is just around the corner and police warn that they’re expecting more fraudulent Canada Revenue Agency phone scams.

“While people may have become more educated due to the sheer volume of this type of fraud last year, there’s a strong possibility that it will pop up again and catch people off guard,” says Surrey RCMP Constable Brad Edwards of the Economic Crime Unit.

Show me the money!
Tax time is also when business owners, especially small business owners, rely on their in-house bookkeepers to ensure their books are balanced. Sometimes, however, employers may not realize that they have been the victim of internal fraud before it’s too late. Surrey RCMP has received calls from business owners who have stumbled upon irregularities in their banking records only to realize fraudulent activity by those they have entrusted with their finances. It serves as another reminder about ensuring internal fraud safeguards and best practices are in place.

The postman always rings twice
One of the easiest ways for fraudsters to gain access to your personal information is by stealing your identity. Over the past two months, the Surrey RCMP has seen a slight rise in theft from communal mailboxes at townhouses and apartment complexes. While officers have made some recent arrests of prolific property crime offenders, public vigilance is key in preventing this type of theft – keep your eye out for anyone suspicious.

What can you do?
“Check your mail regularly, be diligent in checking your credit card statements and tracking online purchases, and if it’s too good to be true it probably is,” says Cst. Edwards. “Use only reliable online sources and contact the company directly if you’re still unsure. Always protect sensitive financial information. If you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer it. They can always leave a message. And don’t forget to report all frauds to the police!”

For more information on scam and fraud prevention please visit the Surrey RCMP’s website. If you are a victim of fraud, please contact your local police and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online.

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

Abbey Ridge (East Fraser Heights) Highcrest development application

At the FHCA meeting on February 22, many questions were asked about the Highcrest application to significantly reduce the commitment to retail space and the resulting neighbourhood center, and replace it with more residential buildings. The letter that was sent to local residents is included below.  Many at the meeting asked how they could express their opinion. In the letter below, it is indicated that responses could be sent to the planner, dnip@surrey.ca.

You can also send your thoughts to any and all of the mayor and council at the following email addresses – please cc directors@fhca.ca :

Mayor Linda Hepner:           mayor@surrey.ca

Councillor Tom Gill :              TSGill@surrey.ca

Councillor Bruce Hayne:       BruceHayne@surrey.ca

Councillor Vera LeFranc:      Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca

Councillor Mary Martin:         MMartin@surrey.ca

Councillor Mike Starchuck:   Mike.Starchuck@surrey.ca

Councillor Barbara Steele:   HBSteele@surrey.ca

Councillor Judy Villeneuve:  JAVilleneuve@surrey.ca

Councillor Dave Woods:      Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

For anyone that wants to write in their opinion, you should begin the letter referencing: Proposed Development at 9933 Barnston Drive East, File 7916-0037-00

You should include your name and address. You should then indicate whether you are in favour or opposed to the proposed development.

Some of the points discussed last night included:

  • reduction and close to elimination of a neighbourhood community retail center, from approximately 142,000 square feet to approximately 10,000 square feet
  • the replacement of this space with further residential units, providing further stress on our neighbourhood infrastructure, including parking, traffic, school loading – and transit (of which there is currently no service, resulting in even greater concerns on parking and traffic)
  • The basis of approval of the entire project in 2008 by Surrey Council was ”While the proposal, if approved, would result in the loss of some employment lands, it has the potential to trigger the development of a neighbourhood village centre with up to 100,000 square feet of commercial space to serve the nearby emerging urban and established suburban neighbourhoods.” With the additional residential load being placed on the East Fraser Heights / Abbey Ridge area as a result of the new LAP, the need for a neighbourhood village is even greater now than in was in 2008. There was concern that the City is considering reversing the basis of approval for the project in the first place, and now that the social costs for the project going ahead have been incurred, the City would be abandoning the social benefits
  • Some indicated that they moved to the area on the promise of a retail service being in the area.
  • You should also include any aspects of the development that you would find beneficial or raise concerns for you and your family.

 

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Increased density in Fraser Heights

PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL

The Community of Fraser Heights is a very popular & desirable place in which to live & raise a family. It consists of the all lands North of Highway 1, bound by Golden Ears Way on the East & the Fraser River on the North & Western boundary. It is very important that when circumstances arise in any one area of Fraser Heights that can have an impact on our entire Community, we all need to rally together so that we may resolve these situations in a manner that will ensure we continue to maintain our desired neighbourhood.

We currently have such a situation in the eastern portion of Fraser Heights & in particular in Abbey Ridge. In March of 2015 City of Surrey Council authorized staff to start a process of increasing densities of homes in a program now referred to as the ABBEY RIDGE LAND USE CONCEPT PLAN. With what is now the “preferred option” the City is now looking to double & triple the densities of what the area is currently zoned. Public open houses were held on June 25 & Oct 1,2015. That’s it!!! A committee of residents of the area to provide on going dialogue & input would have been an excellent idea, but that never happened. On Oct 18, 2016 a Public Open House was held to discuss transportation, design & development guidelines, an engineering servicing plan & financial strategy that will fund the infrastructure, phasing of development, & Community amenities for Abbey Ridge.

This matter was discussed at our Fraser Heights Community meeting on Nov 30. It is very clear that the residents of Abbey Ridge do not agree with the new zoning densities being suggested for their area. They also do not agree with the infrastructure, engineering & funding proposal put forward because it is founded on flawed assumptions. All residents of Fraser Heights should make their opposition known to Surrey Council. It is very important that you comment on the infrastructure, engineering & funding proposal very quickly as this proposal has not yet been presented to Council.

    If you do not want to see this significant increase in density and crowding in Fraser Heights, please send your objection to the Mayor, Council, and Planning.

Listed below for your convenience are the email addresses for the Mayor & Council:

Mayor Linda Hepner: mayor@surrey.ca
Councillor Tom Gill : TSGill@surrey.ca
Councillor Bruce Hayne: BruceHayne@surrey.ca
Councillor Vera LeFranc: Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca
Councillor Mary Martin: MMartin@surrey.ca
Councillor Mike Starchuck: Mike.Starchuck@surrey.ca
Councillor Barbara Steele: HBSteele@surrey.ca
Councillor Judy Villeneuve: JAVilleneuve@surrey.ca
Councillor Dave Woods: Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

CITY PLANNER – STEPHANIE LONG — slong@surrey.ca

C.C. FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION — directors@fhca.ca

You can object with some of these concerns:

* The lots are too small
* Homes will be large and have suites
* Inadequate property parking resulting in too many vehicles parking on the street
* Streets are inadequate streets to handle the traffic volume
* Plan does not fit in with the existing community look and feel

Be sure to include your name and address, and reference the development proposals below:

PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT IN FRASER HEIGHTS (ABBEY RIDGE)
PROPOSAL NO. 16 – 0029 40 LOT SUBDIVISION. ALL LOTS RF-13 (NORTH OF BARNSTON DRIVE &182A ST. TO 98 AVE.)
PROPOSAL NO. 16 – 0032 49 LOT SUBDIVISION. 8 LOTS CD (BASED ON RF), 41 LOTS RF – 13 (BARNSTON DRIVE TO LYNCEAN DRIVE, WEST SIDE OF 179 ST )

Share and Care Program

The Share and Care program is a 55+ program run by the Seniors Comeshare Society. We provide a safe and warm
environment for seniors to be able to engage with each other and refreshments are provided. The program will sometimes have a guest speaker or a workshop available.

Starts Tuesday, November 29th
Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
Multi-Purpose Room 3
10:30am-12:30pm
FREE DROP-IN PROGRAM
Runs every Tuesday, All seniors welcome!

seniors

FHCA Meeting minutes

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES
May 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRASER HEIGHTS POND PLANTING EVENT

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

FRASER HEIGHTS POND PLANTING EVENT

Fraser Heights, Surrey

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

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

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

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

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