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A Tale of Two OCP Amendment Proposals

New Westminster Council recently debated an Official Community Plan amendment to allow a six-storey affordable rental building to be built on land that had been designated to only allow townhouses. During the public engagement and feedback period, including the public hearing, people opposed to the project said that it did not respect the OCP, that […]

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Local New Westminster

What’s Coming to New West Council on June 21, 2021

A new name for the new Canada Games Pool (maybe!), mail in ballots in the next municipal election, BRING DOWN THE WALL, Monkey Rebel, and the worst motion I’ve ever seen.

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Local New Westminster

What’s Coming to New West Council on June 7, 2021

Here’s what’s coming to New West Council on June 7, 2021: turning car storage into homes, a new Poet Laureate, COVID-19 updates, construction noise, and climate change!

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Local New Westminster

What’s Coming to New West Council on May 3, 2021

Here’s what’s coming to New West Council on May 3, 2021: Police reform, taxes going up, affordable housing, more space for beer drinkers, and maps of where you’ll soon be able to drink in parks!

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Local New Westminster

What’s Coming to New West Council on April 26, 2021

Here’s what’s coming to New West Council on April 26, 2021: COVID-19 response, noise bylaw exemption (again!), watermain work, flooding…?, keeping a pool closed (still!) and a community oven in Queen’s Park!

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Local New Westminster

What’s Coming to New West Council on April 12, 2021

Here’s what’s coming to New West Council on April 12, 2021: Pattullo Bridge multi-use paths, arenas, a NIMBY councillor, and alcohol in parks!

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Local New Westminster

What’s Coming to New West Council on March 29, 2021

Here’s what’s coming to New West Council on March 29, 2021: new pool, bold steps, safe consumption, more people drinking beer, pot shop updates, flooding, keeping a pool closed, and COVID-19 vaccines!

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Housing New Westminster Yes In New West

Respect the OCP Process!

There’s a petition going around New Westminster asking people to “oppose the proposed multi-story development for Sixth Street as it does not conform to either the existing zoning Single Family Detached (RS2) or the recent OCP’s designation of RT Residential in-fill townhouse ‘small scale, side-by-side townhouses and rowhouses which are compatible within areas of single […]

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New Westminster Photography

The Chain-Link Fences of Queens Park

The purpose of the Queen’s Park Heritage Conservation Area is to retain the existing heritage values of the neighbourhood while, at the same time, managing change. Of greatest importance is that changes respect the existing heritage character of the streetscape, and that major design elements be traditional and appropriate for the neighbourhood. City of New […]

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Local New Westminster

Barnburner at Queens Park Meat & Deli Public Hearing

One of the people who spoke out in support of the recent Heritage Revitalization Agreement and Heritage Designation for Queens Park Meat & Deli spoke rather awesomely so I had to capture the transcript and share it. Enjoy! This is the first public meeting we’ve ever taken part in, that’s probably how much we believe […]