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ALTErnative approval Process - Grimston Park Amendment Bylaw No. 8219, 2020

Pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, the City of New Westminster is proposing to seek the assent of the electors of the City of New Westminster by an alternative approval process (AAP).  This alternative approval process applies to the entire City of New Westminster. The current AAP applies to the entire City of New Westminster, and allows electors to indicate opposition to Grimston Park Amendment Bylaw No. 8219, 2020, without first obtaining the assent of the electors by voting.

If 10% of eligible electors submit an elector response form indicating their opposition to the bylaw, Council may not adopt the bylaw. For the purposes of this AAP, the number of eligible electors is estimated to be 50,616. If 5,062 electors submit an elector response form, Council must hold a full vote if they wish to adopt the bylaw.

The City will also give separate notice of disposition of the portion of Grimston Park pursuant to the Community Charter.

What am I being asked?

The question before electors is whether you are opposed to New Westminster Council adopting Bylaw 8219, 2020.

What is bylaw No. 8219, 2020 about?

The lands within the Grimston Park site are dedicated as public park.  The alignment of the newly constructed Stewardson Way pedestrian and bicycle overpass requires the disposal of a small portion of Grimston park lands to the Province of B.C.  Grimston Park Amendment Bylaw No. 8219, 2020, in accordance with the requirements of Section 30(3) of the Community Charter, authorizes City Council to remove the park dedication of a portion of land from Grimston Park and dispose of that land to the Province of B.C. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) subject to the approval of the electors.  The land, with a total area of 684.4 m2, is “Area A” on the reference map.

How do I get more information?

You can access the bylaw and related material:

How do I participate in the AAP?

  • Each Resident Elector and Non-Resident Property Elector of the City of New Westminster may submit one form.
  • Only submit a form if you are opposed to the adoption of the bylaw without it first receiving assent of the electors by voting.
  • AAP elector response forms will be accepted only if they are on the form established by Council.
  • Resident electors must include their name and residential address on the response form.
  • Non-resident property electors, must include the address of the property in New Westminster that allows them to vote.
  • A person may not withdraw their name from an elector response form after 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020.

How do I get an Elector Response Form?

  • September 29 to November 9:
  • Download, print and fill out the form
  • request for mail or in-person pick up at City Hall through or 604.527.4523
  • In-person pickup at Canada Games Pool, Moody and Queen's Park Arenas, Century House, Queensborough Community Centre and the uptown branch of the Library

How do I Submit an Elector response form?

  • Submit your Elector Response Form by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020:
    • In person at Legislative Services, Second Floor, City Hall
    • Dropped off at the mailbox on the north side of City Hall
    • By mail to: City Clerk, City of New Westminster, Second Floor, City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C.  V3L 1H9.