Incentives – Council Recommendations

These are the recommendations Council made on each of the 16 Incentives from the Incentive Package for houses in the Advanced Category of the Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)  during the Special Council Meeting held on May 14.  1.1 and 1.4 received 1st and 2nd reading at the May 28th council meeting.

1.0 Increase in Density

YES to 1.1 Increased Floor Space Ratio for the Principal Dwelling.  Increase the FSR by 0.20 for all                                                   protected properties.  Bylaw for 1st and 2nd Reading passed on May 28th.  Public Hearing for 3rd Reading on Tuesday, June 19th.

NO to     1.2 Existing Basement Floor Space Exclusion

NO to     1.3 Existing Attic Floor Space Exclusion

YES to    1.4 More Achievable Laneway and Carriage House Density.  Allow a larger density transfer of unused density from the principal house to enable a laneway or carriage house to be 10% of the total site coverage or up to 958 square feet whichever is the lesser of the two – anything larger requires an HRA.  Bylaw for 1st and 2nd Reading passed on May 28th.  Public Hearing for 3rd Reading Tuesday, June 19th.

NO to    1.5 Larger Laneway and Carriage House.   Allow only for large properties with houses that are already over density.  This would have been for large (size still to be determined but estimated to be fewer than 50 homes).  Max size for laneway or carriage house 1200 square feet.  This can be done through a Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA).

2.0 Relaxation of Regulations

YES to     2.1 Policy to Support Additions to Buildings that do not Conform with Zoning Bylaw.  The existing policy for Development Variance permits is being reviewed and a guide is to be created hopefully by late 2018 or early 2019.

YES  to      2.2  Relaxation to Laneway and Carriage House Regulations and Guidelines.  This will be the same approach taken citywide; allow for thicker walls, retaining trees or for an accessible unit. Enacted now.

YES to      2.3  Relaxation of Sewer Separation Requirements for Laneway and Carriage Houses.  This is/will be citywide when the principal dwelling is being retained.

YES to       2.4  Building Code Relaxations.   Opportunities for owners will be identified when they apply to renovate.  To be used where applicable as requested starting now.

3.0  Change of Tenure

REFERRED TO STAFF    3.1    Stratified Laneway and Carriage House    (Suggested to attach it to a Designation or HRA)  Recommended that staff review it and bring it back to council with conditions at a later date likely late 2018 or the early Spring of 2019.

NO to       3.2   Stratified Principal Dwelling    For over density homes on large lots allow a maximum of 3 units and any changes would need a Heritage Application Permit (HAP)   Moved to place in the HRA process.

YES to     3.3  Multiply Unit Conversion  (Rental)    3 unit maximum but no laneway or carriage house and allow it only for large properties with houses that are already over density.   Councillors want staff to look into consequences of rental units in homes i.e. sprinkler systems, exterior entrances etc.   Changes must have HAP.  Recommended that staff review it and bring it back to council with recommendations at a later date likely the early Spring of 2019.

NO to   3.4  Small Lot Subdivision     Only allow through a Heritage Revitalization Agreement.

4.0  Process and Other Changes

YES to    4.1 Heritage Home Grant    Explore possibility for citywide program for 2020 and beyond

YES to   4.2   Interpretive Sign Program   Incorporate into the citywide program for 2020 and beyond.

YES to   4.3    Expedited Approval Process.   A.)City permits, B.) Additional services to assist owners when they apply to renovate, C.)Refine Evaluation Checklist and D.) Provide more direction by adding additional design guidelines during Heritage conservation review.  Recommended that staff review it and bring it back to council with recommendations at a later date likely in late 2018 or the early Spring of 2019.

New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project – Construction Update

April 30, 2018: Minor traffic control measures now in place

As a result of revised priorities, the date for the mechanical demolition of the Mercer Park skateboard park has been moved to May 7.  In moving forward with site excavation, traffic management plans are now in place. Local drivers are seeing construction notices and flagging on Sixth Street controlling exits around the site as trucks turning (right only) leave the site. Expect some minor delays as measures ensure vehicle traffic can safely exit the site.

In addition, signage is in place on Eighth Street and Eighth Avenue clarifying parking arrangements for patrons of Massey Theatre. Patrons with mobility issues are directed to clearly designated stalls behind the Massey Theatre; the general public is directed to appropriate parking stalls in the New Westminster Secondary School parking lot to the North.

Come to the Burnaby | New West Walking Festival on May 12!

Walk30 Festival Poster

Burnaby and New Westminster are holding a Walking Festival to promote walking for better health, to re-think how we get around—and to celebrate the WALK30 Burnaby | New West Challenge. The Walking Festival is at Edmonds Community Centre on Saturday May 12, 10:00 – Noon. Enjoy free games, music, food and resources, with a focus on walking in our communities.

Use giant maps to illustrate your favourite walking routes, help create a walking song playlist, and learn about walking clubs and walking safety. Pick up resources from Fraser Health, ICBC and TransLink booths, and check out Parks, Culture and Recreation programs. Enter prize draws for recreation passes and gift cards for local retailers.

A music combo from New Westminster Senior Secondary will jazz things up, children can do crafts, play giant chess, checkers or Jenga, and people of all ages can compete in the three-legged race.

The Walk30 Burnaby | New West Challenge launched April 9 and wraps up May 11. More than 3200 community members and students have been walking to school, work, shop or play, aiming for at least 30 minutes a day for better health. Which City will win the inaugural “WALK30 Challenge Cup”? Come to the Festival to find out!

WALK30 Burnaby | New West partners include the City of Burnaby, City of New Westminster, Burnaby School District 41, New Westminster Schools, Fraser Health, New Westminster Walkers’ Caucus, ICBC and University of the Fraser Valley Kinesiology Program. Funding is provided in part by the Active Communities Grant from the Ministry of Health.

For additional information:
Mariam Larson, Project Coordinator
Phone: 604-515-1718

Public Works Day

The City of New Westminster is excited to announce our participation in this year’s national Public Works Week festivities! Public Works Day will be heldSaturday, May 26th from 12:00 – 4:00pm at the Engineering Operations Yard (901 First Street).

This is a truly a unique opportunity for all ages to experience and learn about the work that we do across the City of New Westminster. The event will include interactive displays, demonstrations and tours from departments such as Engineering Operations, Electrical Operations and others. Proceeds from food sales and raffle draws will benefit the Camp Kerry Society. The Camp Kerry Society is a non-profit organization providing retreats, support groups, counselling and education for families coping with grief and loss.

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New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project Notification of Site Fencing and Geotechnical Investigation

We are now moving into the construction phase for the New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project. As part of site preparation for building the new school, the contractor Graham Design Builders LP will be installing site fencing and conducting additional geotechnical test investigations to better understand the soil and earth conditions on the site.

Geotechnical Investigation Procedure

  • Investigation of 24 test areas
  • All tests to be completed with a small excavator
  • Each test will take around 20 minutes

 What to Expect

  • Site fencing will be installed prior to testing
  • Small equipment will be used
  • No street closures will be required

 Start: Week of March 12, 2018

Estimated Duration of Investigation: 2 days

Work Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To learn more about the NWSS Replacement Project, please visit If you have any questions about the project or would like to sign up for construction updates, please email

 Thank you,

NWSS Replacement Project Team