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

Fraser Heights Community Association minutes, May 10 2017 meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

May 10, 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 $2638.85

 

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Cpl (A/Sgt) Bob Keay was in attendance tonight.  He is replacing Laurie Clarkson who was transferred to Richmond.  He can be reached at bob.keay@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  District #2 Community Response Unit 10395-148 St.  phone # 778-593-3286 – you can leave a voicemail on Bob’s number if there is something taking place in community that you want brought to the attention of RCMP and is not urgent.

  • Bob Keay is still in charge of the operations side of the RCMP
  • Number of residential break and enters reported in FH from Dec 2016 to Apr 2017 was 79 (Dec – 16, Jan – 18, F – 27, Mar – 6, Apr – 12). Feb recorded the highest number
  • Many B&Es occurred early in the morning, after people have left for work (9 to 10 a.m.) but midday and evening (when becomes dark) were also targeted times.
  • FH is a wealthy environment targeted by thieves coming from outside the community. It was very concerning there was such a concentrated number so extra surveillance was done.
  • Large proportion of B&Es were attributed to several identified individuals – 2 key groups were arrested so March number dropped significantly.
  • Your home should be visible from the street – clear away bushes obstructing view to home (thieves can hide behind bushes and break in without been seen)
  • Lighting – thieves will go where they can’t be seen so light up your yard using permanently lit lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn rather than motion detection lights. Make sure the lights are high enough so the bulbs cannot be removed.
  • There should be a minimum of 2 locking devices on doors. If possible, secure the frame with metal plates under the locks which help make it much harder for the door to be kicked in.
  • Sliding doors and windows can be secured with a deadbolt lock at bottom of slider – pin that goes through (or an expandable pole to jam the slider)
  • Window – a wooden dowel or dead bolt are good but bars are the best. Problem is, in emergency, it can be difficult to get out.  Best idea is to put bars on inside so they can be opened in an emergency
  • Put timers on your inside lights and have blinds/drapes open during day
  • Install alarm system on your home
  • Install a safe that is bolted down for your jewelry/important items
  • Join or start a Block Watch
  • Have a FREE Home Security Assessment completed through Blair Berkner, Community Programs Coordinator. He can be reached at:  Surrey_Crime_Prevention_District_2@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or phone 604-502-6509.
  • Stay informed – COSMOS crime mapping http://cosmos.surrey.ca (shows crime trends in throughout Surrey)
  • Install the RCMP app on your phone
  • Subscribe to eNews
  • If you’re going away on holidays, have someone stay at / check in on your house, put timers on lights, have video surveillance. Thieves scoot fast if alarm goes off.
  • Leave your phone number with neighbour. If they see something, get them to call police
  • Sometimes the crooks have someone ring your bell. If no one answers, they go away and send someone else to break in or they come back
  • Make reports to police and to Block Watch so patrols and surveillance can be done
  • Violent crimes are decreasing but property and economic crimes are increasing (they steal your ID to buy stuff)
  • Pamphlets on home security and Block Watch can be requested through Blair Berkner (see above for contact information)

 

Surrey Parks, Doug Merry, Parks Planner (djmerry@surrey.ca or phone 604-598-5778) – Presentation on Off-Leash Dog Park at Fraser View Park situated at north-east corner of 160 Street and 112 Ave in Fraser Heights

  • The off-leash park in Tynehead is a Metro Vancouver property and is not run by the City of Surrey
  • Local neighbourhood parks are good off-leash dog sites as residents with dogs can walk to them. Often, they are a gathering place for the community – benches and possibly a kiosk will be installed
  • Fraser View Park was selected as the best option as there’s an open grass area and good sight lines into the park
  • To avoid environmental impacts, the area will be fenced – it could be one open area or separated for large/small dogs
  • Currently, there is no parking along 112th Ave on the north side of the street but signs will be removed if dog park goes ahead
  • All parks in Surrey are closed dusk to dawn and are not lighted. The dog park will not be lit but fencing should protect dogs from wildlife.
  • There will be a Public Open House May 30th at Dogwood Elementary from 6 to 8 p.m. (will also be on City Website – webpage for Fraser View Park)
  • If residents are in agreement, construction will start in fall of 2017

 

Development – Conceptual Development at 15950 & 15960 108a Ave – by Mr Pomy Grewal

  • Ron Gill suggested Mr. Grewal should talk to our association – he owns 2 full size lots on the south side of 108A Ave and to the west of the mall with Red Shiso/Esso.
  • The combined size of these two lots is 40 metres wide along 108A, 38 metres deep
  • He was proposing putting in a 2 storey building that would blend with the surrounding buildings/houses.  It would contain a preschool, daycare and family doctor’s office that may have up to 2 or 4 doctors and a walk-in clinic on the main level.  It would  also have 24 parking spaces
  • Maximum 50 children would be able to attend the preschool/daycare.
  • He will contact neighbours in that area, if this project proceeds to planning before the formal process will start
  • Property has to be rezoned to accommodate this project so he values the input of our community
  • Trees will be lost but he ensured the property will have trees planted once it is built.
  • Members concern: Traffic flow could be congested at school times.
  • Grewal stated that the hours of the daycare would be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. so children arriving would be staggered. The preschool hours may be adjusted so they do not affect school traffic.

 

Fraser Heights Wine Cellar – Rebecca Hardin Presentation (Rising Tide Consultants – rebecca@risingtideconsultants.ca or phone 604-669-2928, cell 604-314-0176

  • Breanna Paulson is the general manager of this boutique-style store in the corner unit next to Nesters in the Fraser Heights Mall (mall at north east side of 108 Ave/160 St)
  • They want to amend the current business zoning (they do have the licence) which restricts the sale of beer, wine spirits and coolers at this location. Residents have requested these items.
  • The store size will remain the same but would be rearranged to accommodate extra products
  • Locational guidelines by City – no liquor store can be within a radius of 400 metres of a school or playground (this law has been relaxed in areas depending on a community’s wants)
  • Customers are asked for ID (19 is legal drinking age). As of Jan 23rd, if in violation of age limit, customer is given a hefty fine.  Business owner must make sure they don’t make sales to minors or the store is also fined.  If this happens 3 times, the business licence will be revoked
  • Gov’t liquor stores, which contain all types of liquor, cannot be within 1 Km of a local licenced retail store (the one at Guildford is more than 1 Km away from FH)
  • The Overwaitea development at the north east corner of 104 Ave/156 St has zoning for a liquor store but there was no information about it at this time.

 

Transmountain Pipeline – update comments

  • Modification to proposal – originally, it ran north of the SFPR but now is south of SFPR and the train tracks. This will have a big impact on homes in the area as trees, acting as a sound buffer from the Highways, will be taken down.  Currently, there are 29,000 to 30,000 trucks driving on SFPR and many of them use their noisy engine brakes, even though signage states no engine brakes.  The only noise abatement residents in that area have are those trees as noise abatement fencing cannot be installed there
  • KM – submitted proposal to National Energy Board. In early part of this summer, they will arrange a presentation to the community to show impact on FH
  • FHCA will send out email in the early part of July to let you know where presentation will be
  • The Golden Ears Connector is now open with street lights every block

  

Directors’ Report

  • Amended Proposal – 182a St in East FH / East Abbey Ridge
  1. The developer got together with directors/residents and negotiated a compromised plan
  • There is a proposal for property near Pacific Academy for nine homes with large lots up by freeway
  • Highcrest Development on 9989 Barnston Drive East – information on this development could come in late May or June – FHCA will send emails. The planner is proposing to decrease the 130,000 sq. feet retail that was originally planned down to 10,000 sq. ft. and add another 40 condos and 50 townhomes.  When this comes up for Public Hearing, make your voice heard by going to City Hall and signing in prior to the meeting so we can show how many are in opposition to proposal.  You need to make sure City Clerk is there so when you sign, it is registered and will be delivered to mayor.  Note – this register is a City-wide document and anyone in the City of Surrey can come in and sign.  Once you register, you can leave or stay for the meeting.
  • Tree Replacement – Urban manager of forests has provided a chart (on our website) with a list of the tree plantings going on in FH. Let the FHCA directors know places you’d like to see trees planted in FH.  Currently, developers taking down trees for development must put money into the tree fund which covers all of Surrey so trees being replanted may not be in FH.
  1. Cedar trees planted along an area of the noise abatement wall have died. These will be removed and replaced with other trees and the City said they would be maintained.

  

Other information

  • FH Greenway from 110 Ave to 108 Ave/156 St – contracts have been granted and plantings will happen soon
  • Terry Fox run – the foundation is looking for volunteers in FH to help with the Terry Fox run in September
  • Landlords and Tenants – the Newton Community Centre will be doing a presentation by a representative of the Residential Tenancy Board on Wed 24th at their centre.

 

The FHCA meetings for the 2017/2018 year will be announced by July or August 2017

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.

 

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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

Open house on gypsy moth ground spray program in Surrey

Open house on gypsy moth ground spray program in Surrey

A community open house about the 2017 gypsy moth ground spray treatment proGypsy mothgram in Surrey will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 3:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which will take place in the multi-purpose room at Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, 10588 – 160 St. in Surrey.

Members of the B.C. gypsy moth technical advisory committee, representatives from the ministries of Environment and Agriculture, and other experts will be in attendance to answer questions and provide information about the 2016 trapping season and the proposed 2017 treatment areas.

The 2016 gypsy moth trapping data reveals that a population of gypsy moth appears to be establishing itself in the northwest corner of the Guilford neighborhood in North Surrey. Trapping results for the last three years show the gypsy moth surviving in this residential area bordered by the former Surrey Landfill and the south approach to the Port Mann Bridge.

If left untreated, the moth could threaten trees and farms in Surrey and spread to new areas of the province via vehicles and the movement of household goods and other materials.

The gypsy moth is an introduced pest species. The caterpillars feed on tree leaves and can damage forests, farms and orchards. In recent years, large gypsy moth populations have defoliated sections of forests and residential areas in Ontario and the eastern United States.

Learn More:

Learn more about gypsy moths, threats and treatment: www.gov.bc.ca/gypsymoth