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Announcement of Public Hearing and Third Reading for what is being called the "Flamingo Square" will be held at Surrey City Hall Chambers on Monday June 26, 2017 at 7 pm. This Development Proposal is for the piece of land that currently holds the Flamingo Hotel/ Byrd Pub, etc. This development is being lead and proposed by Charan Sethi of Tien Sher Group of Companies, who also developed the Quattro development and Balance on Grosvenor Road.

Attached below is a link to the Information and Corporate Report from City of Surrey.
http://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/PLR_7915-0305-00.pdf

Link to Recent Newspaper article about the Development and the proposal of the Flamingo Square Arts Connection. http://www.surreynowleader.com/news/surrey-developer-staging-pep-rally-monday-wanting-to-start-a-movement-in-whalley/

Link to Tien Sher Group of Companies Website: http://www.tiensher.com/properties

Link to Flamingo Square Arts Connection Website: https://urbansurrey.com/tag/flamingo-square-arts-connection/

Article in "Darpan Magazine" regarding the "changing face of Whalley, and the importance of the Flamingo Square Development: http://www.darpanmagazine.com/magazine/feature/the-changing-face-of-whalley/

Older Vancouver Sun Article about the Proposal: http://www.vancouversun.com/plans+afoot+Flamingo+Hotel+site+developer+eyes+creating+Surrey+Yaletown/11791581/story.html
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I attended the meeting last night, and although I think everyone (including the CoS Planners) would prefer that a road did not have to go through this beautiful park, it seems that in order to prepare for future growth and road demand, this road will have to be necessary.

I do think the residents should still advocate for Skytrain on 104 Avenue instead of LRT, but either form of train is going to require some more road network to be built in this area, so unfortunately, I can only see that this "two lane" road will have to be built. It will include raised cycling paths as well as Street Trees and Sidewalks, so will provide a safe way for Pedestrians and Cyclists to travel East-West in this part of Surrey. In speaking with a CoS Planner, it was mentioned that the construction of the Port Mann/ City Centre Bike Corridor (with Bon Accord Bridge), was also built partly as an acknowledgement that it would not be feasible to build bike lanes on 104 Avenue.

Does anyone else have thoughts on this network?
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Yes, this proposal is outside of Bolivar Heights, but just thought I would mention that there is a proposal to put a new road through Hawthorne Park. It is to be called the 105A Avenue Connector, and seems largely necessary due to the future LRT train going down 104 Ave. The Information Session is tonight (June 7/ 2017) at Guilford Park Secondary, from 5:30-8:30.

     I think we should be arguing for a Skytrain Line down 104 Ave, which will only become more congested with future growth. This way traffic will not be as impacted on 104 Ave as it would with a ground level train. Then "possibly" this new road wouldn't be necessary, or at least not for a number of years into the future. Having a road like this through Hawthorne Park will sever the park into two chunks.

Newspaper Article attached, and information about the meeting below. If you have an opinion on this, there is a link to a Petition in the Newspaper article.

http://www.surreynowleader.com/news/hundreds-sign-petition-against-aggressive-plan-for-roads-in-surreys-hawthorne-park/

http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/23402.aspx
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Community Events / Whalley District Town Hall Meeting May 29, 7 pm Whalley Legion
« Last post by Mark on May 25, 2017, 02:52:01 PM »
Whalley District Town Hall Meeting

Location: Whalley Legion, 13525 106 Ave

Date & Time: May 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Contact:Cathrine Levan: 604-562-0300 or info@whalleydistrict.com

Community: North Surrey

Cost: Free

Whalley District needs your input to help us shape and grow the community!

Come and see the new, proposed Flamingo Square Arts & Culture area and hear how Tien Sher is proposing to preserve the history of Whalley with its latest project. Help us name the buildings after historic people and places.

Let us know what arts & culture you want in your Whalley community.
- See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/23341.aspx?startDate=May-23-2017#sthash.lgg0m9Be.dpuf
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Community Events / Surrey RCMP Citizen & Youth Police Academy (Sept. 13- Nov. 8 2017)
« Last post by Mark on April 27, 2017, 01:05:23 PM »
Surrey RCMP Citizen & Youth Police Academy

Sept 13 – Nov 8, 2017
Surrey RCMP Main Detachment
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey

The Citizen & Youth Police Academy is a 9 week course designed to give residents and students an inside look into policing in Surrey. This interactive learning series aims to foster a better understanding between citizens and the RCMP.

Youth Application forms available May 1-31, 2017 http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=1484&languageId=1&contentId=1974

Adult Application forms available June 1-30, 2017 http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=1483&languageId=1&contentId=37776
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Hello All,
 
Please find attached details regarding another Emergency Preparedness Session being held Tuesday May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm at the City Centre Library. Please cascade out to your Block Watch participants and RSVP if you are looking to attend.
 
Thanks and have a great rest of the week!
 
 
BLAIR BERKNER
 
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR | COORDONNATEUR DES PROGRAMMES COMMUNAUTAIRES


Surrey RCMP - Fleetwood/Guildford
10395 148th Street
Surrey, BC, Canada  V3R 6S4
T 604.502.6509| E Surrey_Crime_Prevention_District_2@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Non-Emergency 604-599-0502
www.surreyrcmp.ca
 
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Community Events / Surrey RCMP Spring Neighbourhood Safety Meetings
« Last post by Mark on April 09, 2017, 03:23:31 PM »
Surrey RCMP host spring Neighbourhood Safety Meetings

This spring, the Surrey RCMP and partners will once again be hosting a series of Neighbourhood Safety Meetings to share information about localized crime trends and current actions underway to address these crimes. Residents will also have an opportunity to discuss their concerns and make recommendations to improve safety in their neighbourhood.

The Neighbourhood Safety Meetings will be hosted by senior Surrey RCMP police officers and attended by local Community Response Unit and Youth Unit officers. Representatives from the City of Surrey’s Bylaws and Parks departments will be attending as well as those from the Safe Schools program. The City of Surrey’s Public Safety Strategies Director, Dr. Terry Waterhouse, will also be speaking at these events (with the exception of April 5th).

The Neighbourhood Safety Meetings will build on the success of previous events which have helped bring police and the community closer together to help resolve issues and foster a continued dialogue about public safety, says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. Together with our city and community partners, we are committed to sharing information and engaging with the public to address their public safety concerns.

Neighbourhood Safety Meetings:

City Centre – April 13th from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13458 107A Ave)
Cloverdale – April 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary (6151 180th Street
South Surrey – May 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Elgin Park Secondary (13484 24th Avenue)
Guildford – May 25th from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Fleetwood Park Secondary (7940 156th Street)
Pre-registration is not required however if you would like more information please contact your local District Office (visit www.surrey.rcmp.ca for contact info).
 

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
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ARE YOU PREPARED? Surrey RCMP Emergency Preparedness Session announced for Wednesday February 15


Emergency Preparedness Session
Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30-8:30pm
Cloverdale Recreation Centre (6188 176 Street, Surrey)

Remember that resolution you made after the last earthquake to get prepared? Time to act on it!

Join the City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP for an overview on personal preparedness for emergencies and disasters.

Seating is limited Please reserve your spot by contacting the Surrey RCMP by e-mail or 604-502-6265.
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Announcement that the next meeting of the Bolivar Heights Community Association will occur on Monday December 5, at 7 pm, at the Masonic Hall located at 14042 Grosvenor Road. We encourage all residents to attend!

    Some of the topics of discussion include "Public Safety" in our neighbourhood, a review of the successful "Downzoning Proposal" in the "Bolivar Park" area of BH, some general information about the new "Off-Leash Dog Park" at Lower Bolivar Park, and general updates on several "Development Proposals" in our area. Please bring your ideas and questions as well.

    A flyer is attached, please feel free to circulate among your neighbours. The meeting will run from 7 to about 9, and then there will be a brief AGM. We are looking for new neighbours to join us in making a positive contribution to our neighbourhood, and would value your input.

Look forward to seeing you there,

Mark Styles
BHCA Director

(778) 228-6702 (12-1 or evenings after 6 pm are best)
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More Than Just Steel on Steel, How Surface Light Rail Transit Can Build a City — Ideas for Metro Vancouver From Toronto’s Chief Planner

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 7:00 PM[/b] at Council Chambers Surrey City Hall


City of Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat sees transportation infrastructure as much more than ‘steel wheels on steel rails,’ and much more than just a means of moving people from point A to point B. As the public face of Toronto’s many urban initiatives, Jennifer turns our attention to the opportunities that surface light rail transit can bring to a city—from connecting local people with local jobs, to re-envisioning streets and entire communities. Jennifer demonstrates that progressive city building requires a new approach to rapid transit and that the two are intrinsically intertwined.
 
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7–8:30 pm
Admission: Free, but advance reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite.
Venue: Council Chambers, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, B.C.
Surrey City Hall is a short walk from Skytrain's Surrey Central Station. See Map.
Parking at Surrey City Hall
Related topic: Community Building
keesmaat-jennifer
Speaker
Jennifer Keesmaat is the chief planner of the City of Toronto, and a former urban design consultant. Before that, she had worked on master plans in Toronto, Vancouver, Mississauga, Vaughan, Regina, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Moncton, London and Halifax, and was a founding partner at DIALOG. She became the chief planner of Toronto in September 2012.
Jennifer is a registered professional planner, an award-winning member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a member of the Congress for New Urbanism. She holds a master’s degree in urban planning from York University, where she studied the political processes that shape urban environments. She is a regular guest lecturer at York University, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
She was named one of the ‘most influential’ people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine in 2015, and one of the ‘most important’ people in Canada by Macleans Magazine in 2013.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @jen_keesmaat
Questions?
Email: city@sfu.ca
Telephone: 778-782-5254
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