New Westminster, B.C. – The City of New Westminster has launched a comprehensive engagement process to create a bold vision for transforming the area surrounding the 22nd Street SkyTrain station into a climate-friendly neighbourhood where everyone can thrive. This area has long been recognized as a place that has the potential to be a more vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood, with diverse housing options, a broader mix of services, and improved community amenities.
In alignment with Council’s strategic priorities, the City is taking a new approach to neighbourhood planning with this project by putting a significantly greater focus on climate action and reconciliation. The engagement process will seek input from residents, businesses, and subject-matter experts to find creative ideas to mitigate the effects of, and adapt to, climate change. The City will collaborate with local First Nations to explore ways the neighbourhood vision can advance truth and reconciliation.
“The area around the 22nd Street SkyTrain station presents a major opportunity for the City to bring much-needed housing and leverage the existing transit infrastructure to create a more sustainable and inclusive community,” said Mayor Patrick Johnstone. “We are excited to be able to start engaging the community and bringing together Indigenous partners to create a bold vision for this neighbourhood.”
Community engagement starts today. The City invites community members to share their thoughts on the future of this neighbourhood by completing the online survey, participating in the online discussion forum, attending a workshop in-person at Anvil Centre on Oct. 11 or virtually on Oct. 18, or visiting City staff at any of the multiple scheduled pop-up engagement sessions. Following the community engagement phase, keep an eye out for information about the reGENERATE Ideas Challenge later this year. Find details at: beheardnewwest.ca/22ndSt
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