Friday, February 20, 2009

Notice of Proposal to Issue a Temporary Use Permit


Monday, March 2, 2009 7:30 pm.
Council Chamber, City Hall,
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B. C. V3L 1H9

Location
820 Agnes Street —
(located at legal address: 823 Victoria Street)
(shown hatched on the sketch plan)

Proposal
The property is zoned Multiple Dwelling Districts (Downtown) (RM-6). An application hss been made for a Temporary Use Permit which would allow Business and Professional Office as a permitted. use at 820 Agnes Street and enable the applicant to move his security business (Sensor Protection Group) to this location.

Purpose
In general terms, the purpose of the proposed permit is to allow Business and Professional Office as a permitted use at 820 Agnes Street. The proposed permit can be issued for two years initially and renewed once, permitting the business to operate at this location for a maximum time of four years.
City Contact
Development Services Department at (604) 515-3767.

A copy of the report may be inspected at the Legislative Services Office. A copy of the proposed permit and relted materials may be inspected at the Development Services Department (Planning), City Hall,
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia during normal office hours being 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday inclusive (except Statutory Holidays) from February 2, 2009.

Public Participation
All persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed permit shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard, or to present a written submissions respecting the proposed permit during the "Delegations" segment ofthe Regular Council meeting.

Written submissions can be submitted to the Corporate Officer up to the time of the,meeting. All persons who prefer to have their submissions available to Council members in advance as part of the meeting agenda package, must deliver their submissions to the office of the Corporate Officer, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C. V 3L 1H9 (Fax #: (604) 527-4594), by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

Please advised that submissions received will be published on the City of New Westminster website, with other associated information.

Judi Turner
Acting Corporate Officer

Notice of Public Hearing



Monday, March 2, 2009, 7:30 pm
Council Chamber, City Hall
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B. C. V3L 1H9

DOWNTOWN ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 7299, 2009
Location: 607 Columbia Street

Purpose
The purpose of this bylaw is to allow Gondola Holdings Ltd. (formerly College Place Hotel) to move their Liquor Primary License to 807 Columbia Street instead of 842 Columbia Street (in accordance with the process outlined in Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7273, 2008). The applicant proposes to operate a lounge with an occupant load of up to 88 people.

City Contact
Development Services Department at (604) 527-4513.

A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at Legislative Services. Details and materials may be inspected at the Development Services Department (Planning), City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia during normal office hours being 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday inclusive (except Statutory Holidays) from February 2, 2009.
Public Participation
At the hearing, the public shall be allowed to make representations to the Council respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw. All persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard, or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaw.

Written submissions can be submitted to the Corporate Officer until the close of the Public Hearing. All persons who prefer to have their submissions available to Council members in advance as part of the Public Hearing agenda package, should deliver their submissions to Legislative Services, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 1H9 (Fax# (604) 527-4594), by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

Please be advised that submissions received will be published on the City of New Westminster website, with other associated information.

No further submissions can be considered by Council after the conclusion
of the Public Hearing.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Meeting: New Westminster Environmental Partners

Date: Feb 18th 2009

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Century House – Moody Park Recreation Centre

620 Eighth Street

MEETING AGENDA

  1. Introductions (5 min)
  1. Review of minutes from the previous meeting (5-10 min)
    • Brief review of previous minutes / action items
    • Selection of a minute-taker
  1. General discussion (60 min)
    1. Society Status: update / discussion (Tristan)
    • Adoption of the Mission Statement and Constitution
    • Discussion - developing an identity (how structured do we want / need to be?)
    • Summary of roles / responsibilities required
    1. In the Community
      • Community Initiatives underway
        • Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw (recent open house: Feb 4th)
        • Anti-idling Bylaw
        • Others… update from Environ. Committee members
      • Opportunities for involvement in the spring / summer
        • Volunteer fair in January (done)
        • Green Drinks
        • Others…
      • Recent ideas / issues from members
        • Earth hour – education campaign, party
        • Enviro Expo (Tristan – brief summary of meeting (?))
        • Raffle / fundraising initiatives
        • Website update

        Ideas presented at previous meetings:

        • Waste and recycling (business and e-waste; organics)
        • Air quality
        • Bus stop shelters
        • NWSS sustainability initiatives
        • City electric bills via email
        • Resumption of quarterly challenges
        • Eco-density in heritage neighbourhoods
  1. Summary of Action Items from Meeting / Wrap-up (10 min)
  1. Scheduling Next Meeting (5 min)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Downtown Community Plan Open House - March 3, 2009

From: Carolyn Armanini
Date: February 08 2009 2:34:28 PM PST
Subject: Downtown Community Plan Open House - March 3, 2009

The Planning Division will be hosting a Workshop and Open House for the next phase of the Downtown Community Plan. We will be seeking public feedback on growth management assumptions, land use options, urban design guidelines, heritage principles and density bonusing. Previous work on the Plan can be found on the webpage at http://www.newwestcity.ca/downtown. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to carmanini@newwestcity.ca . This event is open to all members of the public and we hope to see you there.



Downtown Community Plan Open House

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Presentation at 6:30pm (in Council Chamber)
Location: City Hall (Front Foyer)
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Monday, February 9, 2009

Minutes of January 28, 2009 Regular Meeting

NEW WESTMINSTER DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Regular Meeeting January 28, 2009


Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

Call to Order: 7:02 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral with 21 people in attendance.

Directors present: Andrew Boyd, Barb Elliott, Judy Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

Moved, Seconded, Carried: To approve the Agenda, Minutes of November Meeting and Treasurer's Report.

Guest Speaker: Mark Shih, owner of Riverside Market at the Quay.
Shih updated us on events at the Riverside Market, formerly the Quay Market, now partially closed for perhaps 8 -10 months for renovations. Riva Cafe, Laguna Blue and the Sushi restaurants, the Paddlewheeler Pub and Liquor Store, and Imperial Pharmacy will remain open during renovations. Shih's vision for the new market would be as a "food destination" with a major food tenant as the anchor. So far no tenant has been secured. The financing is still in limbo. What money is currently available is being used for electrical and mechanical upgrades. A Circus School is using the upper level to offer classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hyack Square work should be completed as of May, 2009, opening the stairway access to the market again.

Guest Speakers: Lisa Spitale, Director of Planning, and Eric Westerberg,
City Planner.
Spitale walked us through the Downtown Community Plan. About 800 members of the public have been involved in the consulting process for this
plan. Issues that concern us the most in the Downtown area are: density bonuses, the North Fraser Perimeter Road, the push for encapsulation of the railway and truck route, and the future of the parkade. Predicted growth figures for the downtown area indicate that we will increase our prominence. Perhaps the downtown will be viewed in terms of "precincts" - unique neighbourhoods zoned on an individual basis. No decision has been made re the 60 million dollars of casino revenue available for a "multi-use civic facility".

Committee Reports:

Homelessness Coalition: Toque Tuesday will be held on February 3rd
to raise funds. Upcoming "Housing Stands" will be held on Saturday, February 21st and Saturday, March 21st from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the corner of 6th Avenue and 6th Street. We are all encouraged to take part.

Traffic Advisory Committee: No report as the next meeting is tomorrow, January 29th.

Community Policing: No December meeting. At the January meeting
the issues over snow removal from sidewalks was discussed. It was agreed that the recent snow falls were not cleared in a timely manner by a number of downtown businesses and suggested that the by-law for removal by 10 am should be enforced.

Royal City Farmers Market: The Market A.G.M. was held on Thursday, January 22nd. Most vendors from 2008 will return for the 2009 season.

New Business

A call for new members for the Community Barbecue and Festival Committee did not bring forth any volunteers. The Committee will continue with the present members.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

At Douglas College Amelia Douglas Gallery

The Woodlands Project
A month-long exploration of the institutional experience



The Woodlands Project
Location & Contact
The Douglas College New Westminster Campus is located at 700 Royal Avenue
The Amelia Douglas Gallery and Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre are both located on the 4th floor, north at the New Westminster Campus
For more information about these or any of our arts events please call 604-527-5723 or email huberta@douglas.bc.ca or visit our website
Sign up for our mail list



March 5 - April 4
The Amelia Douglas Gallery Presents
Dead and Buried: The Cemetery at Woodlands
An exhibition by Michael de Courcy
Opening Reception March 5, 4:30-7:30pm
Artist's Talk March 6, 10am Room 1614 New Westminster Campus
Admission is free
Call 604-527-5723 for info


March 12
Screening and discussion of the Citizen Shift and National Film
Board of Canada production of
Asylum
A film by by Heidi Currie and Lisa G.
A nurse recalls working at Riverview Mental Hospital from 1949-1951. In particular are her compassionate memories of lesbian patients and the understanding that they weren't actually insane. Revealed are the complexities of an institution that was initially intended to provide true asylum to those who would seek it. Presented by the Woodlands Project Committee and Criminology Faculty member Heidi Currie with special guests Lisa G., the director, and nurse Norma McMurdo, the subject of the film.
4:30-6:30pm, Room 2203 New Westminster Campus
Call 604-527-5723 for info
Admission is free


March 20-28
The Departments of Theatre & Stagecraft present
Imperfect

A new play by Mary Burns
Parents bring their children to institutions seeking help, but only the kids know how it is to live at 'The I,' and many of them can't talk. A work of the imagination, inspired by the old Woodlands School in New Westminster, this new play bares tensions between individuals, families and systems, revealing what can happen when those considered imperfect are hidden away.
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus
For show times and information call 604-527-5723
For tickets call the Massey Ticket Centre 604-521-5050


March 27
Our Story

A panel discussion with former residents and their families, and former employees of the Woodlands institution.

1pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus
Reservations 604-527-5723
Admission is free

Proposed Zoning Amendment: 607 Columbia Street


Dear Residents' Association:

Re: 607 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC

An application has been received to relocate a Liquor Primary License to 609 Columbia Street (legal address: 607 Columbia Street) (shown hatched in black on the sketch plan attached). The applicant proposes to operate a lounge with an occupant load of up to 88 people. The City has already reviewed the application and indicated support to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. The City is now moving forward with the processing of the application to amend the New Westminster Zoning Bylaw in order to allow a Liquor Primary Licensed Premises at this location.

Is is the policy of the Advisory Planning Commission to notify property owners in the immediate area of a site proposed for rezoning. Your opinion on this matter would be appreciated. You may submit your views in writing or, if you require further information, you are invited to attend the Advisory Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in Committee Room #2 at City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue. In order for correspondence to receive full consideration by the Advisory Planning Commission, we would encourage that all written submissions be submitted the Friday prior to the meeting.

Further information on this proposal may be obtained by phoning Development Services - Planning at 604-527-4532.

For your information, a brochure outlinining the Commission's role and meeting procedures is enclosed.

Yours truly,

(signed)
Lynn Roxburgh
Planning Assistant

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pesticide Use Bylaw Open House

From: Matthew Laird
To: announce@nwep.ca
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:46:46 -0800
Subject: [NWEP] Cosmetic Pesticide Open House
Hello NWEPers,

Please see the following announcement from the City about the Cosmetic Pesticide by-law. We encourage as many of you as possible to come out to the open house and make your voices hear to have this by-law implemented sooner rather then in 2 years as proposed.

There could be an amnesty phase where the by-law is in effect but not enforced. This at least gives a large stick to the city to use if there are any residents using anti-social amounts of pesticides.

Cheers.

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The City of New Westminster is taking steps to reduce the amount of chemicals that enter the natural environment from the use of pesticides. A Pesticide Use bylaw has been drafted and we want to know what you think about it.

Open House
Wednesday February 4 th, 2009
5:00 to 7:30 pm
City Hall (Council Chamber)
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

You’re invited to an Open House on February 4, 2009 to review and discuss the draft version of the City’s Pesticide Use Bylaw. We would like your input on this regulation which was developed to reduce the non-essential (cosmetic) use of pesticides within the City of New Westminster. A proposed education approach will also be discussed. Staff will be in attendance to provide information, and to receive your comments and input. For more information, please call the Engineering
Department at 604-527-4592.

A copy of the City’s DRAFT Pesticide Use Bylaw and the report to Council are available for download.

Draft By-law:
http://www.newwestcity.ca/cityhall/engineer/pdf/bylaw_7288.pdf

Report to Council:
http://www.newwestcity.ca/cityhall/engineer/pdf/Pesticide%20Use%20Bylaw%20Report.pdf