Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Minutes of the AGM Meeting

September 2013 Annual General Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the previous meeting are now available online!

In an effort to save paper and printing costs to have copies available at the meetings, please check here to download your very own copy of the minutes. 

For the September 25, 2013 Annual General Meeting minutes, please click here.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Minutes of the Meeting

July 2013 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the previous meeting are now available online!

In an effort to save paper and printing costs to have copies available at the meetings, please check here to download your very own copy of the minutes. 

In future they will hopefully be posted further in advance of the next meeting so that all members have an opportunity to review them.

For the July 24, 2013 general meeting minutes, please click here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A great line up for the 2013 AGM

Wednesday September 25 - 7 pm
514 Carnarvon Street 
(Holy Trinity Parish Hall) 


  • Board elections
    nominations and elections for officer and member-at-large positions

  • Chief Constable Dave Jones
    community safety and police initiatives in our neighbourhood

  • Connecting the Quay to Queensborough
    Carolyn Armanini from the City of New Westminster

  • Farmer’s Market news with Andrew Murray

  • Committee Updates
    • NW Traffic Committee report
    • NW Police Advisory Committee report
    • Development sub-committee update
    • Proposal to form a NWDRA traffic committee

  • New Plaza 88 Tower preview
    Tom Lancaster from VIA Architecture

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Now Open: Outdoor Sand Courts at Westminster Pier Park (Opening Activities - September 7)

New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation invites you to sample the new outdoor sand courts at the Westminster Pier Park. The courts, located at the eastern end of the park (also known as the Timber Wharf), are now available for use by the general public on a first come/first served basis.

Poles and nets will be provided and users will be required to supply their own volleyballs. Volleyballs can be rented at the Westminster Pier Square concession (Concession Hotline 604-527-4634 ext 4) and at Fraser River Bike Tours at the River Market http://www.fraserriverbiketours.com.

On Saturday, September 7, from 9:30am-12:30pm (rain or shine), Parks, Culture and Recreation staff will be on hand to introduce this new amenity and sport to the community. With casual games for children and families on one court, and high level instruction for youth and adults on the next, everyone will have a chance to play. Play with local beach volleyball champion, Mike Sayers, who just brought home a silver medal from the World Beach Volleyball Championships in Torino, Italy. Balls will be provided during this event and concession services will be open for extended hours from 9:30 am - 7:00 pm. 

Public feedback on the sand courts and other park activities is welcomed and encouraged. Here is a link to the survey: http://www.newwestpcr.ca/2013/07/22/westminster-pier-park-free-program-survey.php
LOCATION:         Westminster Pier Park, Timber Wharf
                            Access from Begbie Street via parking lot adjacent to the Fraser River Discovery Centre

CONTACT:           Sloane Elphinstone
                            Recreation Programmer
City of New Westminster | Parks, Culture & Recreation
600 Eighth Street, New Westminster, BC  V3M 3S2

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

NWDRA Meeting, Wednesday, July 24

New Westminster Downtown Residents Association
Wednesday July 24 @ 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

Live between Royal Avenue and the Fraser River?
Join us!
* Meet your neighbours
* Find out about local initiatives
* Express your ideas and concerns

  • New West Brand & Neighbourhood/Tourism Discussion
Tej Kainth Executive Director, Tourism New Westminster
  • What does multi-unit composting mean for you?
Kristian Davis Supervisor, Solid Waste & Recycling Branch

  • Community Updates, Issues and Discussions
    • Traffic & Police Advisory Committee
    • Downtown BIA (Business Improvement Area)
    • *New* Development Sub-committee - Tim Schmitt
    • Truck Traffic on Royal - Matt Lorenzi, Brow of the Hill RA

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2013 Summer Activities at Westminster Pier Park

There are a range of activities taking place this summer at Westminster Pier Park, suitable for families, children, and adults. These include:

  • New West Walks the Pier! (All Ages)
  • Inner Heat Power Yoga (14+)
  • Dancing (All Ages)
  • Zumba (All Ages)
  • Youth Drop-in (Grades 6 - 12)
  • Connecting Kids to Nature (6 - 10 years)
  • Park Night at Pier Park (6 - 12 years)
  • Team Yellow Tuesdays (3 - 12 years)
  • Music & Movement (All Ages)
  • Music & Theatre Academy (All Ages)
  • Kundalini Yoga (14+ years)
  • Karate (All Ages)
  • Free Yoga (July 10 & July 24, All Ages)
  • Free Hoola Hoop (All Ages)

For more information, including dates and times,  please see: http://www.newwestpcr.ca/parks/westminster_pier_park.php.

Access from Begbie Street via parking lot adjacent to the Fraser River Discovery Centre

Friday, May 24, 2013

Town Hall Meeting, May 30, Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Proposal

New Westminster residents are invited to learn more about the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks direct transfer coal facility and share their views at a special Town Hall meeting.

Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m
Douglas College Theatre
700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster.

The Town Hall meeting will be hosted by
  • Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)
  • Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody)
  • Judy Darcy, MLA-elect (New Westminster)
  • the City of New Westminster.
Representatives from Metro Vancouver, Fraser Health, the environmental community and Fraser Surrey Docks have been invited to participate. The Town Hall meeting will also be web-broadcast live on New West TV. Viewers may access the web feed at www.newwest.tv and clicking on the COAL icon.

For more information, please call 604-775-5707 or 604-664-9229.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pattullo Bridge Review - PlaceSpeak

The City of New Westminster, City of Surrey and TransLink are working together to review and evaluate potential alternatives to rehabilitate or replace the Pattullo Bridge and to determine a solution that meets the needs of communities connected by the bridge, as well as the broader region served by the bridge.

PlaceSpeak is one tool being used in the review process.  Here is the link to the topic page - https://www.placespeak.com/topic/751-pattullo-bridge-review-consultation/

The topic page was launched this morning and more features will be added as the consultation plan rolls out over the coming months.

Please feel free to pass on this information to other interested friends, neighbours or colleagues especially those who share an interest in the future plans for the Pattullo Bridge.

Renate Bublick, Advisor - 604-736-6707

Monday, May 20, 2013

General Meeting, Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm

Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

Live between Royal Avenue and the Fraser River?

Join us!
* Meet your neighbours
* Find out about local initiatives
* Express your ideas and concerns


  • Downtown Density Bonusing
discussion leader: Tim Schmitt
  • New Westminster Summer Events
calendar of upcoming events (including some insider information on the upcoming heritage home tour)
  • Committee/Community Updates
    • Traffic Committee
    • Police Advisory Committee
    • Downtown BIA (Business Improvement Area)
    • Upcoming Development Proposals

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May in New Westminster

42nd Annual Hyack Festival

May 17–26, 2013

The Hyack Festival is the City of New Westminster’s premiere annual arts and cultural celebration. Festival Week events encourage affordable, multicultural and inter-generational activities so children, youth, adults and seniors can participate together in the ‘Spirit of Community’. Festival Week highlights include the Ancient and Honorable Hyack Anvil Battery Salute, May Day Celebrations, the DiverseCity Multicultural Festival, the acclaimed Uptown Live street festival and the iconic Hyack International Parade.

Second Time Around Market

Saturday, May 18 from 9AM to 1PM

Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon Street)

For more information or table rental, contact Richard at 778-833-0068 or email verger@shawcable.com

11th Annual DiverseCity Multicultural Festival

Saturday, May 18 from noon to 6PM

Head over to Westminster Quay boardwalk for a full day of ethnic culture from all over the world. Enjoy a wide selection of foods, traditional dances and much more!

Royal City Farmer's Market Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction

Conversations, connections and cuisine on May 23

Wild Rice Restaurant at the Quay
Discussions ignite creative ideas and this event is a great opportunity to engage in discussions with others who are also passionate about local food and supporting New Westminster’s local businesses. A $25 ticket will get you dinner and a drink, with a portion of the proceeds going towards supporting your local farmers market. 

New Westminster Public Library

Check out what's happening at the library this month. http://www.nwpl.ca/events_programmes/index.php

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea, Sunday, May 26th

The New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society presents its 34th Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea on Sunday, May 26th, from 10 to 5.

Tickets are $35 and are available at various locations including:

  • Royal City Colours
  • Irving House
  • GardenWorks (Lougheed Hwy. and Mandeville sites in Burnaby), and
  • Cadeaux Gifts

Tickets are also available for sale online, starting May 8th.

This is your chance to see a variety of historic homes including Honour House, the recently renovated Kirk House aka the Dance Academy and a 1950s Massey Heights gem.

For more information, please go to www.newwestheritage.org.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Survey: Off-Leash Dog Strategy

New Westminster is seeking input from local residents (both dog and non-dog owners) on off-leash dog issues in the City.
  • do we need more off-leash areas?
  • what kind of off-leash areas you would like to have?
  • where do we need an off-leash area?
  • what are your concerns with off-leash dogs in the City?
Two ways for you to have input:
  1. Complete a short survey online at www.newwestcity.ca (or pick up the survey at any of the City Parks, Culture & Recreation Facilities).
  2. Drop by the Off-Leash Dog Open House on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Century House in Moody Park.
There is an open house on this issue Tuesday May 7th from 6 - 8 pm at Century House.

The survey deadline is May 12.

For information please call 604-527-4567.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NWDRA General Meeting, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Westminster Downtown Residents Association

Wednesday March 27 @ 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

Live between Royal Avenue and the Fraser River?

Join us
Meet your neighbours
Find out about local initiatives
Express your concerns and Ideas


  • Proposed development at 314 Agnes
guest speaker: Don Andrew from Creekside Architects

  • Fraser River Discovery Centre News
guest speaker: Catherine Ouellet-Martin

  • Committee/Community Updates
    • Traffic Committee
    • Police Advisory Committee
    • Waste disposal inquiry
    • BIA, potential for collaboration
    • upcoming development proposals

  • Expanded Coal Port Proposal (discussion)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

New Westminster Envision 2032 Initial Descriptions of Success Feedback

On April 30, 2012, Council supported the development of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) to establish a sustainability-based decision-making framework for the City.  Envision 2032 is the name of this plan and process. On July 9th, 2012 Council endorsed the detailed process and timeline for the creation of the Envision 2032, including a Sustainability Fair, to initiate the process and establish an initial vision for each of the 11 Policy Areas to be covered by the plan.
The first step in Envision 2032's community engagement was to confirm the definition of sustainability and the sustainability principles that guide the process. This was followed by a confirmation all of the Policy Areas that should be addressed and the scope of these Policy Areas. Once this was done, an initial vision was to be created for each Policy Area using input from the community, expressed as “Descriptions of Success.” This was the main objective of the Sustainability Fair visioning workshop and online visioning survey.
At the heart of the plan will be a set of future vision statements for each of the 11 defined Policy Areas, called “Descriptions of Success,” which guide sustainability-based decision making and clearly state what the City will be working towards by 2032. 

An initial set of these statements has been prepared for discussion purposes using input from a visioning workshop, held as part of Envision 2032 Sustainability Fair events on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at the Inn at the Quay, and from an online visioning survey conducted from November 5th to the 30th.  The Sustainability Fair also featured an inspirational evening event on Friday, November 2nd, which included an additional exercise that asked participants to describe what a sustainable City would look like in 2022, 2032 and 2042.
Once the initial set of Descriptions of Success has been reviewed by the community, they will be updated with feedback from the review and presented to Council for consideration and adoption as the foundation for Envision 2032.
Did we get it right? The feedback from the visioning exercises survey are now in (click here for raw data) and it's now your turn to provide the City with feedback on the Descriptions of Success! Click the link below to participate:

Description of Success Feedback

A paper copy is also available at City Hall on request.
The survey is comprehensive, so feel free to provide input on
every policy area, or just those areas that interest you.

The survey closes March 15, 2013.
Thanks for participating!

Julia Dykstra  |  Envision 2032 Process Coordinator

cid:image001.png@01CB03C9.D6E8C540 City of New Westminster  |  Development Services, Planning
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

Thursday, January 17, 2013

General Meeting, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Westminster Downtown Residents Association
General Meeting
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

Live between Royal Avenue and the Fraser River? Join Us!
Meet Your Neighbours
Find out about local initiatives
Express your concerns and ideas


  • Learning Centre at the new school guest speakers: Betina Ali & Janet Grant
  • Community Photo Project
  • Downtown Picnic
  • NWDRA open board position election
  • Parking study - possible changes to regulations, rates