Transmountain Pipeline proposed route

As discussed at our meeting on December 6, below is an overview of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through Fraser Heights – the yellow dotted line is the proposed center line. If you would like a more detailed aerial view (14 photographs of Fraser Heights), please email directors@fhca.ca, and we can forward the detailed photographs.

Hawthorne Park – will it be lost?

There is a risk that Hawthorne Park – at the intersection of 104 Ave and 144 St – will be lost if 105 Ave is expanded for vehicle traffic to offset the loss of 104 Ave when the light rail transit is put into place. If you want to speak out against the destruction of the park, you can do so at

https://www.change.org/p/save-hawthorne-park

There is a petition on that page that you can join. The main part of the web posting is below:

Save Hawthorne Park

Hawthorne Park is a beautiful forested area in North Surrey. It is home to countless wildlife species and is an oasis for the community. The forested area is used by numerous people who enjoy its system of walking trails, and the park area is host to an abundance of social gatherings.

Hawthorne Park

The City of Surrey is planning to build a two lane road, with an additional connecting road, through the south end of Hawthorne Park. The road will start on the west side and exit on the east side. There will also be a southbound two lane road connecting the main road to 104th Avenue.

Project Map

Construction was originally scheduled for January 2018, but has now been moved up to late August 2017. This road is being constructed to handle the traffic that will be rerouted from 104th Avenue due to the proposed LRT.

Wildlife living in the forest will be devastated and several of the well-used walking trails will be replaced with two lane roads. No longer will we be able to watch the red-tail hawks fly overhead or listen to the barred owl at night. The roads will go right through their habitats.

Print out the petition and hand it out!

We need to preserve this forest for our community, for future generations, and for the wildlife living there who have no voice to speak for themselves.

Please stand with the community and sign this petition.

Contact me if you want to join our campaign team – stevengpettigrew@gmail.com

 

Temporary Discontinuation of Online Reporting for RCMP

Temporary Discontinuation of Online Reporting

Please be advised that online reporting has been temporarily discontinued for all RCMP detachments.

BC RCMP is currently in the process of creating a new, improved online reporting tool that is anticipated to launch in mid/late 2018. Previously, we were using an external company to provide this reporting tool and that contract has expired.

An alternative to calling non-emergency, online reporting allows residents to report less serious offences online such as thefts under $5,000, vandalism, unsafe driving, and vehicle break-ins.

We look forward to being able to provide you with an improved online reporting experience next year. In the meantime, please report crime via our non-emergency number at 604-599-0502 (911 for emergencies). Anonymous tips can still be submitted online through Crime Stoppers at www.solvecrime.ca.

Thank you for your patience and for your continued support in reporting crime and suspicious activity to police to keep our neighbourhoods safe.

BLAIR BERKNER

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR | COORDONNATEUR DES PROGRAMMES COMMUNAUTAIRES

Surrey RCMP – Fleetwood/Guildford

10395 148th Street

Surrey, BC, Canada  V3R 6S4
T 604.502.6509| E Surrey_Crime_Prevention_District_2@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Non-Emergency 604-599-0502

www.surreyrcmp.ca

Highcrest – application was denied – success for Fraser Heights

At a Surrey City Hall council meeting last night, the application by the developer of Highcrest to all but eliminate the retail in the facility and increase the density of residences in the complex was DENIED.

A major contributor to this success was the 92 people who showed up to sign up in opposition to the proposal, the 4 who spoke against the proposal, the 37 who submitted letters in advance of the meeting, as well as the hundreds of emails sent to council by our Community.

As a result, the developer must still move forward with the retail and commercial space that can become a meeting point for our community and provide a convenient center to pick up essentials.

Thank you to all who participated in making our Community a better place to live now and in the future.

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