FHCA meeting minutes, February 22, 2017

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

February 22, 2017

 

President’s report

  • Web site – 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.
  • Membership is free. 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 $2602.24

 

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.  District #2 Community Response Unit 10395-148 St.  phone # 604-502-6500 – 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 and is not urgent.

  • Crime stats have gone up with average of 33% across all areas in Surrey
  • Crime types – main ones reported are:
  1. Suspicious persons (all hours day/night) – call these in. Some coming to your door say they are from the gas company and want to see your bills, they come into your house.  DON’T let them in – if you don’t recognize them, they shouldn’t be there.  Don’t hesitate to call RCMP.  The more calls they get and descriptions of individuals, they can form crime patterns of where events are happening and who is responsible.
  2. Unspecified (barking dog etc.),
  3. B&E residential (Jan went down) – last week a couple of individuals were picked up that were believed to have done a number of FH B&Es,
  4. Theft from vehicles – had gone up across the Lower Mainland – don’t leave things in the vehicle. Some thieves look into vehicles and if see stuff, take it.
  • Security systems are a deterrent – alert company something is going on
  • Surveillance cameras an asset as have picked up information
  • Jewelry – videotape what is in your home so you have a record of it
  • If going away, have someone stay in your house or get someone look in daily
  • Empty residences in your area – you can call City or RCMP and let them know

 

Blair Berkner is the Community Programs Coordinator.  He can be reached at: Surrey.Crime.Prevention.District.2@remp-grc.ga.ca or phone 604-502-6509.

Mail and Identity theft prevention – biggest increase in this crime type Surrey-wide between Sept 2016 and Jan 2017 – 60% from townhouse or condo complexes, 3 community mailboxes, 2 individual mailboxes and one mailbox completely stolen

  • Video shown to those attending this meeting – a fellow broke into a condo complex and cleaned out 108 mailboxes in less than 4 minutes. Make sure to remove your mail daily
  • Mailbox theft increases around Christmas and tax season (now) – CRA information sent to you and has SIN number on it. Thieves are looking for mail with your identification numbers such as bills, statements, cheques (both ones you’ve ordered or those made out to you)
  • Thieves watch for parcels left at doors. Make arrangements for delivery, if you won’t be home
  • Damaging effects – many people won’t know the negative effects from these thefts until 8 or 9 months later at which time, thieves may open a cellular account in your name
  • Pick up your mail on a daily basis and have invoices or statements sent to you online
  • If you move, change your address with Canada Post
  • If you are going traveling or will be away from home, rent a mail box at a store or depot or have your mail held at the Post Office.
  • Individual mailboxes on houses – If you want to have mail delivered to a community mailbox, you can ask Canada Post (number on mailbox). Nesters has a waitlist for boxes in the store
  • Shred your personal information when no longer needed (Shredathons put on by RCMP – bring donation for Surrey Food Bank)
  • If see suspicious activity around mailbox, vehicles or people, call it in to RCMP
  • Emergency – if see crime in progress, call 911
  • Contact number for Canada Post is on all mailboxes
  • Contact Canadian Fraud is you are a victim of stolen identity 1-888-495-8501, Equifax Canada at 1-800-465-7166 or Trans Union Canada 1-877-525-3823
  • Surrey RCMP site – they release stats quarterly by regions (e.g. Guildford)
  • Cosmos (City of Surrey) – click on the public safety tab and you will see crime types and where they were committed – site is updated 1st week of every month
  • Thieves were accessing homes mainly through sliding doors/windows. The RCMP will come to show you how to secure your home (contact Blair)

 

Developments:

  • RCG Group development at 160 Street & 108A Ave; Presentation by Michael Burton-Brown, Architect at Abbarch – email mbb@abbarch.com
  • A parking deficit for the mall on the northwest corner of 160 St/108 Ave was identified by tenants and an independent group. The property north of this part of the mall was purchased to provide 37 more parking spaces.  The application is in to the city to develop 2 city lots on the remaining part of this land.  The City wants the laneway landscaped
  • There will be a gates on the 108A access (open during mall hours and closed before and after hours) and greenery in and surrounding the lot.
  • The lot will be illuminated in such a way that there will not be light spill-over to residences
  • Developer will keep some trees on the site and on the lots to be developed
  • Currently, people have been parking on 108A but once developed, no parking here
  • Size of lot approx. 122 by 200 ft
  • Resident asked if there will be a crosswalk between lot and A&W. No, so the safest place to cross would be at 108/160 corner where there is a crosswalk.
  • This lot will be monitored by Mobile Security and Diamond Parking. They will ticket if using this lot for student or long term parking
  • Gordon Walker, Senior VP Real Estate Development, gdw@rcggroup.com

 

  • Highcrest Development on 9989 Barnston Drive East – New Proposal
  1. Joe Dhaliwal, the developer of Highcrest, wants to reduce commercial / retail space from 142,000 sq. ft. (which was zoned commercial) to 10,000 sq. ft. Original proposal was to have a drugstore, gas station and shopping centre comparable to Nester’s market area (Nesters, in itself, is 12,700 sq ft).  The whole plan got approved by the City on the basis it would contain this commercial space.
  2. If commercial /retail space is lost here, the mall containing Nesters will be very crowded once the full Highcrest project is completely finished.
  3. The Parkcrest development will be adding another 90 to 95 homes (108 south to #1 and Parkview Place to 167) which will also tax the current FH mall.
  4. 172 to 175 Streets – there will be another group of 40 homes going in there
  5. There is no transportation in that area and the families that bought into this complex were informed commercial space would be coming. Retail is needed to service the number of total residences that this site will eventually contain.  There is a social benefit of a commercial centre containing a food store and a coffee shop in that it acts as community centre for residents.
  6. Currently, at Highcrest, there is a townhome building under construction (4 storey of condos – 115 units)
  7. Liane McMahon has been keeping track of this development since 2008 and has made a comprehensive list of each stage of the project since 2003 – (from bylaws, corporate reports etc. on City website)
  8. Residents, please write to councillors and mayor in opposition to this reduction of commercial area proposal when this application goes to public hearing
  9. If residential is passed and commercial reduced so significantly, our community will never get a chance to have the commercial area set aside for residents
  10. As a community, we expect development to take place in Hubs and City Centres but not the high density proposed for this small area.
  11. Most of Fraser Heights is an RF community and the hope was that Abbey Ridge would be developed similar to west part FH
  12. Emails will be applied for 1st and 2nd hearing but residents must write again when goes up for last hearing/development
  13. FHCA will post on website pertinent facts about this project and if you are on the email list, you will receive an email as to when 3rd hearing is set.
  14. Arrive at City Hall between 6:30 and 6:55, write your name/address on the list kept at the reception desk whether you are for/against the proposal and then you can stay or leave. You can also indicate whether you want to speak to it – use sound reasons e.g., social cost, benefit, how it will affect neighbourhood, families in area.  Please note that anyone, anywhere in Surrey, can sign these sheets to agree or oppose the proposals even if they have no vested interest in the projects so please, make sure you do show up and bring your neighbours as well.
  15. These sheets are delivered to mayor when the hearing starts. Please make sure your signature has been witnessed by the City Clerk as at the last hearing, there were 15 in favour and 89 opposed but the mayor wouldn’t count them as some people had signed without the Clerk witnessing the signatures.
  16. The new City hall has a parking lot under the building that can be entered off 104 Ave – it is well lit and on council meeting nights, parking is free for about 8 hours. Remember to enter your licence plate # at the parking kiosk on the main floor and that is where signing of sheets takes place.  Security guards can help you if in doubt.
  17. The council meeting is streamed live or it can be watched the next day
  18. When writing letters or emails, one could add a piece about the elementary and high schools (Bothwell and Fraser Heights) as Bothwell has space for about 100 more students and Fraser Heights is over capacity. Some FH students have had to go to North Surrey for high school as there has been no room in their own catchment

 

  • Abbey Ridge proposal 7916-0032-00 – follow up from Public Hearing of Feb 20 at City Hall
  1. Came up a couple of votes short to get this proposal referred back (previously, Parkview Place had been referred back and the outcome was more favourable).
  2. RF13 – 41 lots on north side of development of Lyncean Drive with 2 car garages was passed. More proposals will be coming so watch for green signs to go up.
  3. There was no opposition to proposal of RF and RG (big lots)
  4. One more coming up by same applicant, Canadian Horizons at 182A – 40 RF13 lots
  5. An alternate to RF 13 are the RFG lots which are smaller than RF but 500 to 600 sq ft larger than RF13 and the developer puts up part of the land for parkland (part of the Parkview development was RFG)

 

Public Art in Fraser Heights:

  • The project will be relocated to the Community Center and will not be in the traffic circle at 156 St/108 Ave
  • Volunteers are needed to help select what structure/art would best suit our community
  • Instead of art, the 156/108 traffic circle will have plantings done in spring

 

The last FHCA meeting for the 2016/2017 year (before end of school year) will be:
Wednesday May 10, 2017