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

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

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

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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Highcrest 2