Past Event Materials and Council Reports
Throughout the process all of the event material and reports to Council will be posted on this webpage. Take a look through the material to see what has been accomplished to date. The material is divided into the following sections:
Your Plan for Our City Events | Infill Housing Update | Draft Development Permit Areas and Design Guidlines | Our Future City Events | First Draft of Infill Housing Design Guidelines | Community Conversation on Housing | Draft Vision and Goals | Neighbourhood Visioning Process | Pop-Up Planning | OUR CITY Photo Contest | Traveling Community Workshop | Newsletters | Past Reports to Council
These open houses, held in February 2017, presented the draft Official Community Plan. The Plan provides a renewed vision to the year 2041 and the framework to guide the future growth toward achieving the vision.
Open House Materials
- Event Handout
- Welcome Boards
- Stop One: Tell Us A Bit About Yourself
- Stop Two: How We Got Here
- Land Use Designation Boards
- Stop Three: Revised Future Land Use Map
- Stop Four: The Rest of the Plan
- Stop Five: Infill Housing Update
- Stop Six: Next Steps
- Last Questions Board
Reports to Council: What We Heard
General Feedback Including Glenbrooke North
- Council Report: Summary of Feedback and Discussion of Glenbrooke North Land Use Designations (April 24, 2017)
- Open House Feedback
- Online Survey and Feedback
- Email Feedback and Petition
22nd Street Station Area Feedback [Coming Soon]
The feedback received regarding the area around the 22nd Street SkyTrain Station will be covered in a future Council report, and is not included in the above material.
Infill Housing Feedback
Staff presented the feedback received regarding infill housing (laneway and carriage houses, and townhouse and rowhouses) to Council on March 27, 2017 (see additional detail below).
Staff has prepared a revised design guidelines and zoning regulations for laneway and carriage house and for townhouses and rowhouses. This draft material was presented to Council at an Open Workshop on March 27, 2017, along with the consultation feedback received.
On April 10, 2017 staff presented the first draft of the Development Permit Areas and associated design guidelines to Council.
The Development Permit Areas will assist with the implementation of the OCP. The DPAs would shape the form and character of new development, protect development from hazardous conditions, and encourage best practices for promoting water and energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose of these events, held in September and October 2016, was to present the draft vision, goals, policies, and Future Land Use Map, which will form the foundation of the Draft Official Community Plan. While feedback was received on each of these items the focus was on getting feedback on the draft Land Use Designation Map so that appropriate revisions could be made.
Council Reports Summarizing Findings
We compiled the feedback received and presented reports to Council that summarized what we heard.
- Our Future City summary report (without attachments) and presentation.
- Our Future City summary report with attachments. (This is a large file and may take some time to download.)
- 22nd Street SkyTrain Station Area Council Report (November 21, 2016).
- 22nd Street SkyTrain Station Area Council Report (January 16, 2017).
- Infill housing design guidelines Council Report and presentation.
- Event Handout
- How We Got Here + Next Steps
- Vision, Goals and Policies
- Future Land Use Map + Summary of Land Use Designations
- How is this Plan different?
- Land Use Map Colour Definitions
- Connaught Heights + West End Map
- Moody Park, Glenbrooke North + Queens Park Map
- Brow of the Hill Map
- Massey Victory Heights + McBride Sapperton Map
- 22nd Street Station Area Options
- Infill Housing Design Guidelines
In September 2016 we presented the first draft of the Infill Housing Design Guidelines for Laneway and Carriage Houses, and for Townhouses and Rowhouses.
- Click here to see the Council report
- Click here to see the draft design guidelines (attachment B of the Council Report)
- Click here to see the Council presentation
Infill Housing? See for yourself!
During the OUR CITY process, we’ve been discussing a variety of ground-oriented housing options such as laneway houses and triplexes. Our guided tour provides examples of these housing types in New Westminster and North Vancouver. Enjoy exploring but please be respectful of homeowners’ privacy!
Thank you to everyone that attended one of the open houses, workshops or filled out our survey between November 2015 and February 2016.
Click here to view the raw data from the survey.
- Council report (no attachments)
- Council report (with attachments - this is a large file and will take time to download)
- "Welcome" and "How Did We Get Here + Next Steps" Boards
- "Workshop Purpose" and "Things to Think About" Boards
The first question we explored was: WHAT Housing Fits? We wanted to know what you like and don't like about different ground oriented housing forms, and whether each housing form should be allowed in the city.
The second question we explored was: WHERE Housing Goes? We created three land use scenarios for each neighbourhood (based on residents' association boundaries) that imagined really low density, really high density, and an in-between density version of the visioning maps. We wanted to know which parts you liked about each scenario and how you would suggest arranging them when we create a future land use map.
- Brow of the Hill Maps
- Counnaught Heights Maps
- Glenbrooke North Maps
- Massey Victory Heights Maps
- McBride Sapperton Maps
- Moody Park Maps
- Queens Park Maps
- West End Maps
- Citywide Maps
Staff used the public input (the OUR CITY Visioning Process, Traveling Community Workshop and Pop Up Planning), Envision 2032, and research conducted to date to create a draft vision and draft goal for each of the OCP policy areas. The vision and goals will be two significant components framing the policy of the new OCP. This first draft of the vision and goals was presented to Council in May 2015.
The vision is a vivid description of the community’s aspirations for the future of the city. It provides a clear, yet brief direction for the plan.
The following is the draft vision:
New Westminster is a caring, healthy and livable city, where community members feel connected to the built and natural environments and to each other, and where investment, growth and development contribute to a high quality of life for all. Throughout the city a variety of services and employment opportunities are connected by vibrant public spaces that are easily accessible by foot, wheels and transit. Each neighbourhood has a unique character that includes buildings and open spaces with high quality urban design, that are well integrated with New Westminster’s heritage assets, help reduce environmental impact and contribute to the city’s cultural identity.
The goals are broad statements describing the results that the plan would seek to achieve in relation to policy areas (e.g. economy, housing, environment, heritage, well-being). Each goal is a present-tense statement that the OCP will aim to make true by 2041. Click here to review the draft goals.
This process included four phases: the LOVE OUR CITY Workshop, Processing Workshop Input, an Open House and a Final Report. The purpose of the Neighbourhood Visioning Process was to explore the following questions with the community:
- What do you think your neighbourhood and the city should be like in the future?
- Where is the heart of your neighbourhood? What do you love about it and what’s missing? How can new growth (housing and commercial) appropriately fit into your neighbourhood?
- What are the “Big Moves” that would make this city even greater and prepare us for the future?
After the conclusion of the visioning process we transcribed all of the post-it note comments received over all four days. (Click here to view all of the raw notes). With the help of the Advisory Group we reviewed and synthesized all of the comments. (Click here to view the synthesized comments). These comments will be used to guide the Official Community Plan review process. Location specific details were not included in the synthesis but will still be considered when draft land use scenarios and other maps are created
The consultants developed a report that summarized the overall process and all of the findings including drawings, sketches and vignettes produced throughout the process. This document, and the overall outputs of the visioning process, will be used by staff as one of many public inputs to help update the Official Community Plan.
A staff report reviewing the OUR CITY 2041 process to date, as well as the consultant report, were presented to Council on May 11, 2015.
What We Heard: Open House
Held on February 28, 2015, the Open House presented the key messages we heard during the LOVE OUR CITY workshop.
- Welcome Board
- Neighbourhood Heart
- A Growing City
- Big Ideas
- Processing Results
- Ideas Boards
Processing Workshop Input
The consultants worked with staff and the Advisory Group (volunteer community members appointed by Council) to further develop and refine the ideas generated during the workshop. The Advisory Group provided clarification and context information, and acted as representatives for the community at large. The consultant team synthesized key ideas from the workshop.
LOVE OUR CITY Neighbourhood Visioning Workshop
A workshop was held on February 14, 2015. The facilitated event explored with community members the heart of each neighbourhood, how the city should grow and what big ideas would make the city even better.
An OUR CITY booth “popped-up” at community events throughout the summer of 2014 and 2015.
In 2014 community members were asked to give their vision for the future by completed the sentence “In 25 years, OUR CITY will be…” on large poster boards. Over 400 comments were received and summarized a variety of issues: click here to view the boards and comments received.
Community members snapped photos of the best views, gardens, parks, special buildings and places that make them proud of OUR CITY. Community members like you voted for your favourite photo. Click here to see the winning photos!
The “Traveling” Community Workshop, held in June 2014, launched the Official Community Plan consultation process. This workshop “traveled” through the city to six different venues. The purpose was to build awareness about the review process and to engage the public in sharing what is important to them about their city.
The workshop included a number of different activities. Click on any of the following to see the feedback we received:
- Where Do You Live, Work and Play?
- How Do You Get Around?
- Postcards To The Mayor
- Mapping Important Places
- Important Heritage Places
- Policy Area Priorities
- What would you like to see New Westminster look like in 2041?
2017 March 27 - Infill Housing Update
2017 January 30 - Draft Official Community Plan (with attachments)
2017 January 30 - Draft Official Community Plan (without attachments)
2016 November 28 - Feedback Received Regarding Draft Infill Housing Design Guidelines
2016 November 7 - Summary of Our Future City Events and Land Use Designation Map Discussion (with attachments)
2016 November 7 - Summary of Our Future City Events and Land Use Designation Map Discussion (without attachments)
2016 August 29 - Draft Land Use Designation Map
2016 June 13 - Draft Policies and Revised Vision and Goals
2016 April 25 - Summary of OUR CITY Community Conversation on Housing Process
2015 January 19 - Consultation Requirements and Fraser Health Partnership
2015 January 19 - OUR CITY Neighbourhood Visioning Advisory Group
2015 January 12 - Neighbourhood Visioning Process
2014 October 27 - Summary of Community Consultation
2014 May 5 - Community Consultation Program
2014 January 20 - Proposed Workplan for the Official Community Plan Review