Wednesday, November 16, 2011

General Meeting, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

On the Agenda 

Guest Speakers 

Cameron Thorn, Developer
  • Proposed development at 414-422 Royal Avenue (6 storey apartment with 124 units)
Regular Business

Correspondence, Committee Reports, Old Business

New Business
Future direction(s) for the NWDRA -- what are our priorities for the coming year?
Speakers for the coming year -- who do YOU want to hear from?

Next Meeting
Wednesday, Janaury 25, 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

7:00 pm
River Market (formerly Westminster Quay), 2nd Floor
New Westminster

On the Agenda
Election of Directors for 2011-2012 year

  • Coffee and Tour of River Market Building, new shops and services.
  • New directors meet to choose President and other officers.

Return to regular meeting

Regular Business
Correspondence, Committee Reports, Old Business

New Business
How can we best work with Quayside Residents Board?
We have many common problems and interest and overlap of territory.
Could we appoint a committee of three to work with three appointees from Quayside?
Speakers for the coming year -- who do we want to hear from?

Dues for 2011-2012 are now due and payable -- $5 per family.

Next Meeting
Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 pm
Will again be held at Holy Trinity Parish Hall

Friday, September 9, 2011

Advisory Planning Commission to review Cemetary on September 20, 2011

The following rezoning application will be seen by the Advisory Planning Commission on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 6:30pm in Committee Room No. 2:

· 115 Richmond Street
This application proposes rezoning the property from Single Detached Dwelling Districts (RS-1) to Public and Institutional Districts (Low Rise) (P-1) "in order to continue its current use as a cemetary and permit additions to the site." Please see this document for further information.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saturday, August 5, 2011 - 5th Annual Quayside Boardwalk Festival & Sale


  • 10am - 3pm


  • along the promenade from River Market to Quayside Park


  • 150+ tables selling treasures along the Fraser River
  • 4 live bands: The Knots, Legal Limit, Lewis & Wade; Fiddle stix
  • New West Lion's Hot Dog sale
  • Royal City Farmer's Market
  • Kid Zone
  • Pet Zone
  • Food bank
  • Raffle
  • and much more!
For more information

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

TGIF Dancing in the Square this summer!

Every Friday, from July 8 to August 26, weather permitting, dance under the evening sky in downtown New Westminster!


  • Hyack Square (8th Street and Columbia)


  • Lessons from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Dancing from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

July 8 | Leon Hawrylenko

(Big Band Sound)
July 15 | Kelly  Voros

Egyptian Belly Dancing
July 22 | Melody Jones

July 29 | Leon Hawrylenko

August 5 | Rachael Woo

August 12 | Janice Stevens

Egyptian Belly Dancing
August 19

Dance Party!
August 16 (All instructors)
Featuring a variety of different dance music: Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rhumba, and more.

Since weather is a factor for this outdoor event, please check on the day to see if the event is happening, and remember to bring your own lawn chair.

This is a co-presentation of The Dance With Me Studio and New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Request for witnesses in fatal motor vehicle accident

Detectives are appealing  to any witnesses who were in the area of  Holmes Street and East Columbia at approximately 11:30 AM on April 19th who may have observed the incident to please contact Detective Rob BOYD at 604-529-2533.

Media updates will be made available when appropriate.

Contact Person: Sgt. Gary WEISHAAR
Phone: 604-525-5411

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 Sapperton Day Street Festival, Saturday, June 12

There's something for everyone at the 2011 Sapperton Day Street Festival!
Sunday June 12th 11am - 5pm  East Columbia St. New Westminster (between Sherbrooke St. & Braid St.)
The Sapperton Day Street Festival is a non-profit community event that brings over 10,000 visitors into Sapperton.  Admission is FREE & proceeds go to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

There will be Live Music, Craft Fair & Market Place, Info Booths, Kids Activities and Silent Auction, prizes, give aways, tests of skill & daring!

Enjoy the Pancake Breakfast, Hot Dogs & Mini Donuts, enter the 50/50 Draw, let loose the kids in the Bouncy Castles, have you r face painted & get your likeness drawn from our Caricaturist,  win a prize at the Carnival Games then climb the Rock Wall.  Still want more?  How about trying out the Velcro Wall ... you need to see it to believe it!

The Main Stage will feature local talent: Duck Soldier, Tuesdays at the Marquee, Faceplants, Merge and the Official Band of the Sapperton Day Street Festival, the Great Canadian Rock Band.

Baia Brother Bike Trials will be  showcasing their skills and running clinics through out the day teaching the basic moves of bike trials (interested participants must bring their own bike and helmet) in Cap’s Parking lot.

We have the Vancouver Circus School Aerial Trapeze, Dawndreams juggling, Korki the Klown, Spiderman & so much more!

The Festival is blocks away from 2 Skytrain Stations: both Braid St. & Sapperton Stations are just a short walk from the Festival site.  Leave your car at home & enjoy the day.   Come on out and help celebrate Sapperton!

Contact: James Crosty,

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Open House, May 15, 2011




Please join our project team to review presentation material and provide
your comments on this exciting renewal project for the downtown.

WHEN:          SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011               11:00am  TO  1:30pm


Please contact our office for questions or further information.

EPA logo address

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday, April 3 - Smart Gardening Workshop

New Westminster’s Pesticide Use Bylaw came into effect last year on March 1, 2010. This bylaw restricts the use of pesticides for cosmetic (non-essential) purposes in maintaining outdoor plants.

Learn how to maintain your garden and lawn organically at this City workshop. Come with your questions, notepad and pen.  You will learn a lot!

Date: Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm
Where: Queensborough Community Centre (Port Royal Room)

There is no charge to attend, but we ask that you please register in advance if you wish to participate. To register online click here or call 604-527-4592.

Monday, March 14, 2011

General Meeting Wednesday, March 23, 2011

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

On the Agenda 

Guest Speakers 

Dave Jones, Chief Constable, New Westminster Police Service
  • talk with new police chief about plans for policing our city.
Peter Newall, Ballenas Project Management
Harvey Hatch, Architect
  • update on the proposed development at 125 Columbia St.
Regular Business

Committee reports from Homeless Coalition, Traffic Advisory, Community Policing. Waterfront Park, Civic Centre, and other work in progress.

New Business
What do we want to do in 2012 to replace our Barbecue?
We have outgrown our present event. Do we want to keep the idea and limit the number of tickets? Do we want a new location and something new and bigger and better? Should we join with Quayside and/or BIA for a larger event? Bring your ideas.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 17 - Public Open House for Site Selection for new artificial turf field.

When: On Thursday, March 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Lobby of Queen's Park Arena

Three possible sites are being considered:

  • Queen's Park east field
  • Queen's Park south field
  • Canada Games all-weather field
The new artificial turf field will be installed with field lights, which will allow year-round community use.
Input from the public is invited to help with site selection.

For further information, contact:

Diane Perry
Manager, Community Development
New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Increase in Auto Crime in Neighbourhood

Downtown Residents’ Association,

It has come to our attention that there has been an increase in auto crime in your neighbourhood.  Vehicles with valuables on display or do not use an anti-theft device are more at risk.  Please be vigilant about your vehicle security and report suspicious activities/individuals immediately to the police. 

Note: Please communicate this message to all your residents and encourage communication with each other and the police.

Thank you

Crime Prevention Team
New Westminster Police


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Minutes, January 26, 2011 Meeting

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Lila Wood called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.

ROLL CALL OF DIRECTORS: Present: Andrew Boyd, Paul Goodrick, Judy
Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

ATTENDANCE: 26 persons, including Directors and guests.



JULIE RAMIREZ, River Market: Julie gave a brief update on the new tenants at the Market – The Vancouver Raw Food School and the Great Wall Tea Company, and the Grand Wednesday morning programs of tea for seniors and a 5% discount at Donald’s Market and free parking. The Raw Food School will be doing a demonstration and offering free samples.

BEV GREEN, Planning Department Manager, City of New Westminster, and Joannne Edey-Nicoll, Assistant Director of Parks, Culture and Recreation, presented the plans for the Civic Facility to be built on Columbia Street between 8th Street and Begbie Street. The proposed facility will include office space, as well as Arts and Museum space, a conference hall, theatre, underground parking and, at street level, a restaurant and retail space. A stipulation of the 35 million dollars in DAC funding is a completion date of December, 2013. Currently, “due diligence” is being done to the proposal and a public rezoning hearing will be held at City Hall on February 21, 2011. The floor was then opened for a question and answer period.

VEN. JOHN BAILEY, Rector of Holy trinity Cathedral, updated us on the plans for redevelopment of the Parish Hall site to include a possible 20-storey tower with profit/non profit housing as well as hall, offices, kitchen and parish spaces, with underground parking. A ground–level plaza and open space as well as improved access to the Skytrain station are also in the plans. Holy Trinity has hired a consulting firm to work through the issues with the Diocese of New Westminster, BC Housing, and the City of New Westminster. We will be kept advised as the project develops. Rev. Bailey requested a letter of support from the Downtown Residents Association. The floor was opened for a question and answer session.

M/S/C: That we write a letter to the City in support of this project to rebuild the Holy Trinity Parish Hall.


Due to time constraints, Committee reports and correspondence were referred to the Directors for attention.


The Downtown Community Barbecue and Street Festival was discussed and the many problems considered, including financing – our City grant has been cut back severely; site – ten years ago we could accommodate our 50 guests very easily, in 2010 400 guests were beyond the comfort level, with long line-ups for food, over-crowded house tours, and guests at the outside edges of our site could not see or hear the entertainers or speakers. It was agreed that there would be no Barbecue in 2011. We will bring new ideas to our March meeting for a bigger and bolder event or a smaller and simpler event. Do we need a larger location, or limit the number of tickets sold, or increase the price? Are there new sources of revenue? Can we partner with the Quayside group and/or the BIA?


Next meeting March 23, 2011.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, Advisory Planning Commission Meeting on Multi Use Civic Facility

The City of New Westminster is proposing to rezone 777 Columbia Street from Columbia Street Historic Comprehensive Development Business District (C-8) to Comprehensive Development District (Multi Use Civic Facility) (CD-35) in order to enable the development of a Multi Use Civic Facility and office tower. The Multi Use Facility would be located in the lower 60 feet of the building in three storeys plus mezzanine. The office tower, which would be up to 8 storeys in height, would be located on the westerly side of the site. The total development would have a maximum floor space ratio of 7.0 and a height of 220 feet. A liquor primary license is part of the application.

The Advisory Planning Commission will consider this proposal on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 6:30 pm in Committee Room #2 at City Hall. Written submissions should be sent by Friday, February 11.

For more information on this proposal, please phone Development Services -- Planning at 604-527-4532.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Traffic Intersection Cameras

Cameras at traffic intersections have been installed in various places all over the greater Vancouver area. Please drive safely.

View Intersection safety cameras (ISC) *locations subject to change in a larger map

Monday, January 24, 2011

General Meeting, Wednesday, January 26, 2011

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

On the Agenda

Guest Speakers

Lisa Spitale, Director of Development Services, New Westminster
  • Presentation on the new Civic Centre 
Venerable John Bailey, Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Holy Trinity’s plans to rebuild the parish hall to include additional space, parking, and a residential tower of subsidized housing for seniors 
River Market update.

Regular Business
  • Committee reports from Homeless Coalition, Traffic Advisory, Community Policing.
  • Waterfront Park, Civic Centre, and other work in progress.
New Business
  • What do we want to do about the Community Barbecue?
    Can we skip it this year and make plans for something bigger and better next year as we have outgrown our present site, budget, and energy? What type of community celebration would you like to see and where should we hold it?
Membership fees are now due: only $5 per family.
This is our only source of revenue, so please remember to bring your wallet.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Minutes, November 24, 2010 Meeting

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Lila Wood called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.

ROLL CALL OF DIRECTORS: Present: Andrew Boyd, Barbara Elliot, Paul
Goodrick, Judy Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

ATTENDANCE: 44 persons, including Directors and guests.



KEN HARDIE, Translink

Hardie provided a comprehensive overview of Translnk services, highlighting New Westminster as a “critical traffic hub” with major arterial routes for cars and buses as well as host to five Skytrain stations. He mentioned that the Transit police will move to a new head office in Sapperton in 2012. Of specific interest to us in the downtown is the push for encapsulation of the North Fraser Perimeter Road – no decisions on this yet. Due to financial reasons the NFPR will be unfolding in phases. First phase is due to begin in 2011, the United Boulevard connector.

Translink is currently in a “holding pattern” again due to financial reasons, so no word on the Evergreen Line or further Skytrain service to Langley or Surrey. Also, no word on the creation of a new Pattullo Bridge. Current policy is to “renovate and maintain” the existing structure.

At this point the floor was opened for questions and queries. A wide range of topics were discussed; i.e. “tolling” on a new bridge, bicycle and pedestrian safety on existing Pattullo Bridge, Skytrain hours of service, safety of stations, passes for low-income seniors, etc.

Due to time constraints, Hardie asked if he could be brought back in January or March.

HARVEY HATCH, Architect, and PETER NEWALL, owner, of Ballenas Project Management, re proposed development for 125 Columbia Street (at Elliot St.)

Newall told us that Ballenas has done a number of projects in New Westminster, most recently the Interurban development on the old Windsor Hotel site. He had a copy of the latest Official Community Plan and mentioned that his proposed 20 storey/11 townhomes development aligned itself with the new OCP.

At this point the Architect for the project, Harvey Hatch, discussed the handy proximity of the proposed development to Skytrain and also to the site of the new school to be built at the former St. Mary’s Hospital site.

The floor was then opened to questions and judging by the audience response there did not seem to be much support for this project. One major concern was lack of street access to the site and present lack of street parking in the area. There is no access or parking on the Columbia Street or Elliot Street sides of the property. There is no street on the east (park) side, leaving only narrow Clarkson Street for constructions vehicles, deliveries, emergency vehicles and residents and their visitors. The planned underground parking will have to take into consideration the Skytrain tunnel under the upper portion of the site. The property is presently owned by the city for unpaid taxes. The developer has an agreement to purchase and feels that he can overcome these difficulties. Both Hatch and Newall agreed to come to a future meeting when plans have advanced.

Due to the late hour the regular committee reports and business were put over to the January meeting.

Next meeting January 26, 2011.