Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Minutes of August 26, 2009 Special Meeting

NEW WESTMINSTER DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING, August 26, 2009

Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

CALL TO ORDER: 7:35 PM in the Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, with 22 people in attendance.

DIRECTORS PRESENT:
Andrew Boyd
Barb Elliott
Judy Ross
Miriam Smith
Lila Wood

M/S/C: To adopt the minutes of May 27, 2009 meeting as circulated.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Request from the City for volunteers for the “Wheelibility Assessment” underway to assess the Uptown and Downtown areas re the accessibility of the streets and sidewalks to persons on wheels, i.e. chairs, scooters, strollers etc.

GUEST INTRODUCTION
James Crosty, President of the Quayside Community Board, spoke about the Quayside Community Board, how it is structured and how the Board and the Downtown Residents Association could work together co-operatively. A lively question and answer period ensued.

GUEST SPEAKER STEPHEN SCHEVING, PLANNING CONSULTANT, CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER

Stephen gave two interesting presentations on proposed developments in the City.

The Westminster Pier site is a narrow strip of land stretching along the waterfront from the foot of Elliot Street to the foot of Sixth Street. A public park is planned for this site, currently zoned residential, and requiring rezoning to public park and amenities before any development can proceed. The property is presently in derelict and environmentally dangerous condition and will require considerable clean-up and restoration.

The second presentation concerned the redevelopment of the old St. Mary’s Hospital site. A primary school and small park are planned for this location. Our input and concerns are requested and forms for this purpose were handed out, due to be returned to the City by 4:30 on August 28th.

After a lengthy question and answer session it was MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED in favour of supporting the necessary By-Law and OCP changes to allow these two projects to move forward and a letter to that effect sent to the City.

MEETING ADJOURNED: 9:05 PM

NEXT MEETING: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009.

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