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  • Closures or cancellations of a facilty or program;
  • Air quality updates;
  • Cautionary advice;
  • Other informal notices.

 

July 23, 2018 - Harris Road Pool Opens for the Summer After Repairs

Harris Road Pool will open for the summer on Tuesday, July 24 at 9am. After a delay in opening due to repairs, the pool is ready for another summer of swimming lessons and public swim sessions.

Due to lessons being cancelled for the remainder of this week, public swimming hours will be extended for this week only to include 9am to 12pm, as well as usual public swim hours.

Public Swim Hours for the week of July 24-29
9am-12pm
12:30pm-4pm
5pm-8pm

Swimming lessons will begin on Monday, July 30. Public Swim hours from July 30 to the remainder of the summer will revert back to regular hours of 12:30pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm.

Free Admission July 27-29
The City would like to thank residents for their patience during this time, and are pleased to offer free admission to Harris Road Pool on Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29.

Have a great summer and see you at Harris Road Pool!

August 3, 2018 - GEBP Phase 3 & 4 - New Outdoor Parks & Recreation Space

What the Space Will Be – Community Engagement

The July 30 celebration kicked off the opportunity for residents to voice how they would like to see the new field space used. A comment board was available at the event to give residents the opportunity to share their ideas. There is still an opportunity to share input using the City’s new engagement portal at haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca.

The input from the event and online feedback will be integrated into the Parks and Recreation Master Planning process beginning later this fall.

The New Recreation Land Amenity Contribution

The City has negotiated with Onni Group Developments the land as an amenity contribution as part of the Golden Ears Business Park Phase 3 & 4.  The land, located at the Pitt Meadows Athletic Park, includes 13 acres of field space including buffer areas, with an estimated value of $22.5 million.

Eight acres of the amenity contribution land will be owned by the City for recreation and park use. The remaining five acres, allocated for buffers and berms, is secured through a statutory right of way that gives the public exclusive use while owned/maintained by Onni. This means that Onni is responsible for the cost of installing and maintaining the buffers and berms.  This land will enable the City to develop additional park, recreation and field space that will connect to existing sports fields.

A four metre pathway will be included within the buffers which will facilitate north, south, east and west connectivity, which will be used by walkers, joggers, and cyclists, and encourage active transportation.

The Golden Ears Business Park Phase 3 & 4

As part of the GEBP 3 & 4, considerable road improvements will be made, including the expansion of Airport Way to four lanes and fully signalized intersections in several locations, including a signalized pedestrian crossing along Airport Way adjacent to the amenity.

Council has increased the allowable commercial use from five to 15 percent to encourage greater retail amenities for the community. Part of the 15 percent will also allow for daycare uses, which will support local working families.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If the City receives land as an amenity contribution, won’t we still have to pay to develop the land into useable recreation space?

The City has set aside $4.7 million through the collection of parks Developer Cost Charges (DCCs), separate from residential tax revenue that will contribute to the land development costs. The City is seeking feedback from the community to inform how the new field space will be used, which will inform the final development cost.

2. Can the new recreation land be a pool?

The space is currently envisioned as outdoor recreational space – sport fields, trails, and running track. However, the feedback we receive on the use of this space will be considered along with future input we receive during the Parks and Recreation Master Planning process, set to begin this fall. This process will help the City to plan and to resource future parks and recreation services/spaces and infrastructure the community wants and needs, including the desirability of a pool.

3. How is the land value estimated at $22.5 million?

The land was valued at $40-45 per square foot of serviced land by an independent appraiser in May 2018. The total area is 13 acres; therefore, the total amenity contribution land value is estimated at $22.7m to $25.6m. Eight acres of the amenity contribution land will be owned by the City, and the remaining five acres includes buffers and berms as a statutory right of way.

4. What environmental requirements will be made regarding the fill used in development of the land?

The developer is required to fill the amenity land to grade with environmentally and structurally appropriate fill. The fill must be environmentally certified by an independent consultant of the City’s choice, at the developer’s cost. The developer must also adhere to all federal, provincial and municipal requirements.

5. What about impacts on local neighbourhoods during development of this recreational land?

Council has committed to developing a community interface working group to engage on construction impacts on neighbourhood livability. Consultation will occur during the development permit process.

6. What are the benefits of the GEBP Phases 3 & 4?

The GEBP Phase 3 and 4 development project will:
• assure the economic base of the community through additional tax revenues, estimated to be $2 million per year (in addition to phases 1 and 2 revenues of $2 million,) resulting in a lower tax burden on residential homeowners in Pitt Meadows;
• mean that significant replacement and maintenance costs for sewer, water and road infrastructure for single family homes are borne by the developer instead of the City via property taxation;
• require the developer to pay to construct the buffers and berms, which the public will have access to. All maintenance costs for the buffers and berms will be borne by the developer;
• enhance business and employment opportunities, allowing for a variety of uses that will bring a range of services and job opportunities to our own community; and
• expand our parks and recreational space, providing an opportunity to re-envision the entire athletic park complex and to expand the user base for all of our residents of all ages and all abilities.

7. Why did the City host a celebratory event on July 30 and what was the cost of the event?

On July 30 the City hosted a celebration to recognize the completion of negotiations with Onni Development Corporation for the new park/field space. The event was well attended by the community and sports groups. This event provided an opportunity to solicit public feedback on how the community would like to see the new park/field space utilized. It was also a first step to inform a robust Parks and Recreation Master Planning process, set to begin in the fall of 2018.

The cost of the July 30 celebration was approximately $3,500, which included advertising, equipment rentals, refreshments, staff time, and supplies, and was managed by staff within the approved 2018 budget.

August 13, 2018 - Air Quality Advisory

Metro Vancouver is issuing an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to wildfire smoke from fires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Smoke concentrations can vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as fire behaviour changes.  On Saturday clean marine air swept through our region resulting in a clearing of the smoke from last week. As we transitioned to the next weather pattern the winds changed to a northwest flow and by late evening on Sunday (yesterday) smoke was measured throughout the region. Elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to persist until there is a change in fire and/or weather conditions. 

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.  Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.  If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your healthcare provider.  As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated.  Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.  

Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at www.airmap.ca and http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/find-stations-map.html.

Background

What is fine particulate matter?
Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres (μm) or  less.  PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of its small size. PM2.5 concentrations tend to be highest around busy roads, industrial operations, major ports as well as areas with residential wood burning.

Tips to reduce your personal health risk

  • Avoid roads with heavy vehicle traffic and areas with wood smoke.
  • Stay cool and drink plenty of water.
  • Continue to manage medical conditions such as asthma, chronic respiratory disease and heart failure. If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.
  • Maintaining good overall health is a good way to reduce health risks resulting from shortterm exposure to air pollution.

And especially for persons with chronic underlying medical conditions:

  • Stay in a cool, air-conditioned environment and reduce indoor sources of pollution such as smoking and vacuuming.
  • Run an air cleaner. Some room air cleaners, such as HEPA filters, can help reduce indoor particulate levels provided they are the right size for your home and filters are changed regularly.
  • Consider taking shelter in air-conditioned buildings which have large indoor volumes and limited entry of outdoor air.

Voluntary emission reduction actions

Reducing sources of fine particulates throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will be beneficial to air quality. Actions people can take:

  • Minimize the use of diesel powered equipment.
  • Consider taking transit or carpooling rather than driving to your destination.
  • Follow local regulations for recreational fires. Avoid lighting a fire where possible.

For more information, contact:
Metro Vancouver Air Quality
Email: Metro Vancouver Information Centre 
Tel: 604.432.6200

August 24, 2018 - Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception Aug 25: Ode to Summer

Ode to Summer - August 13, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Artist: Lauren Morris | Anne Gudrun

Wild and Free.  Explore natural beauty in a full bloom of interpretations featuring selected works of a variety of stunning florals.  From vibrant and modern to soft and classic, the show captures the beauty of the natural world around us.

August 27, 2018 - Call for Artists: Hydro Box Beautification Project

Call for Artists: Hydro Box Beautification Project

The City of Pitt Meadows is looking for artists, youth, students, professional or emerging artists, photographers or digital artists to submit original designs images to be considered for a series of art wraps to beautify BC Hydro utility boxes along Harris Road and other key locations in Pitt Meadows.

Background

The projects aim is to enhance public space and articulate Pitt Meadows unique community culture, while honoring the traditional territory of Katzie First Nation.

This is a chance for Pitt Meadows artists to take part in the beautification of and provide artistic expression in Pitt Meadows.

Eligibility

This call will be open to Pitt Meadows residents only.  All ages and artists in any media are encouraged to submit Hydro box design proposals including photographs, digital designs or paintings.

Chosen artists will have their work produced and installed as a wrap on a BC Hydro box with their name printed with their artwork on the wrap as well as each artist and their designs will be recognized on the City’s website, Facebook and Instagram page.

Artist Fee: There will be no honorariums offered as part of this program however the artists name will be printed with their artwork on the wrap as well as each artist and their designs will be recognized on the City’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Installation costs will be paid by the City of Pitt Meadows in partnership with BC Hydro Beautification Program.

Deadline:  September 7 2018, 4:30pm PST

Installation: Fall 2018

Artist Responsibilities:  The selected artists will be responsible for providing final artwork files in print ready format at 300 dpi in .jpg or .tiff format.  Artists will be responsible for editing the design to the City’s satisfaction, and ensuring the design meets the guidelines provided.

Design Guidelines and Considerations

Designs should be influenced by the uniqueness of Pitt Meadows, “The Natural Place”.  Our area’s history, culture, community, landscape, nature, wildlife and more are welcome themes, as well as First Nations submissions including traditional themes and designs.   

Minimum requirements for photographic or digital images are 300dpi as they need to be blown up quite large.  Photo digital format should be .jpg or .tiff.

Please keep in mind that due to the three dimensional nature of the Hydro Box your image will have to warp around all five sides (four side panels and one top panel.) and some changes to the design may be required to accommodate site specific requirements.  The artists will be expected to work with City staff and the City’s printing contractor to facilitate the final artwork.

Artists should keep in mind that busier designs are more successful in deterring graffiti and vandalism, while open spaces in the design are often targets for unwanted tagging.

  • Designs must be your original and may not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, or brands. 
  • Designs may not include any logos, credits, advertising, or offensive material.
  • Artists should be aware that some changes to the design may be required to accommodate site specific requirements.
  • The completed art wrap will be placed on equipment that may be repaired or replaced without notice.  While the City of Pitt Meadows will aim to remove any graffiti or vandalism, deterioration may occur and the City of Pitt Meadows cannot guarantee that the wrap will be restored to its original condition.
  • All designs will be approved by BC Hydro.

Submission Requirements

(E-mail all documentation as one (1) pdf document, not to exceed a file size of 5MB to: artsandculture@pittmeadows.ca)

 Statement of Interest:  A brief description and rationale of your design/s as it pertains to the community. 1 -2 paragraphs explaining your artistic practice and why you are interested in this opportunity.
CV or Resume:  A one page resume or cv with samples of your work.
Design:  Submit up to ten (10) design submissions as digital images.  Each design submission must be a separate file that is clearly named with the title of the piece.  They should be high quality to allow for proper assessment and review of your work.
Submission of an image/s file/s via email in .jpeg or .tiff format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or more reflecting the color and design scope of the submission.  If your files are too large for regular email please use “wetransfer.com”.

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY Friday, September 7, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.

Please e-mail your submission, subject line “Hydro Box Design Submission” to artsandculture@pittmeadows.ca

Questions?  artsandculture@pittmeadows.ca

August 29, 2018 - Call for Participation: Be a Part of Culture Days 2018!

Call for Participation: Be a part of Culture Days 2018!

Calling all painters, musicians, dancers, potters, performers, designers, curators, chefs, poets, artisans, photographers, writers, printmakers, quilters, singers and other creative people! Culture Days returns to Pitt Meadows for a fourth year this September. We would love for you to join this national celebration of arts and culture by presenting or supporting an event.

We're looking for artists and cultural organizations of all types and forms from amateur to professional to share their love of culture with the community. Whatever your passion or mission, Culture Days is a wonderful chance to cast a spotlight on your creative projects.

Send your idea of how you can share your creative or cultural project with the community by Friday, September 7. Find out more below!

Why get involved in Culture Days in Pitt Meadows?

Culture Days is a grassroots movement designed to help you:

  • Create meaningful connections in your community, while collaborating with new people
  • Share your passion with the local community, while being part of a nation-wide movement
  • Promote the importance of arts and culture and enrich your local community

Call for Proposals – Free Venue Space on September 30th!

The City of Pitt Meadows is offering FREE venue space at the South Bonson Community Centre for creative people, groups or organizers to host free Culture Days activities. Do you have an activity that would work well in a small space? We are seeking expressions of interest to program spaces at the South Bonson Community Centre. Art installation? One-on-one activities? Tell us your idea for a dynamic and inviting activity! Spaces are available for free use in the Upper Ballroom, Activity Room 1, Activity Room 2, Upper Hall, Outdoor Patio and Outdoor Plaza. Weather permitting, Waterfront Commons Park is also available.

Requirements:

  • Free to the public
  • Involves audience participation or reveals a behind the scene aspect to give the public a better understanding of the inner workings of arts and culture
  • Register for free on culturedays.ca

Send your activity idea, space requirements and preferred time and location within the Community Centre to the Culture Services department for consideration. Deadline for Submissions is Friday, September 7, 2018.

How to Register your Activity
Registration is now open on the Culture Days website, culturedays.ca, where you will also find a wealth of resources to help you plan and promote your event, including a step-by-step Participation Guide, activity idea tip sheets and customizable marketing materials.

Questions? Proposals? Need Help?
Not sure how you can play a role in Culture Days? Want to apply for free venue space? Anyone can host a Culture Days activity. Amateur or professional - you don’t need to be a non-profit organization to share what you love. For more information about how to participate in Culture Days in Pitt Meadows contact Susann Sigmund, Sr. Arts & Culture Coordinator, at ssigmund@pittmeadows.ca or 604.785.2307 or Jodi Foss, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at jfoss@pittmeadows.ca or 778.828.3247.

Deadline for Submissions is Friday, September 7, 2018
Please send all activity proposals, space requests and questions to:
artsandculture@pittmeadows.bc.ca

About Culture Days

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture aimed at increasing public participation in the arts, fostering appreciation and support of the arts and promotes interaction between artists and their community. This 3 day event features FREE hands-on and behind-the-scenes activities in communities across Canada! Artists, arts and cultural groups, organizations and institutions at any level from amateur to professional can participate. The fourth annual Culture Days will take place September 28, 29 & 30, and we want you to be involved!

The national 2018 programming theme is OnBeat! You are encouraged to create events that embrace rhythm as a universal cultural experience and drumming as an accessible art form. Participating in the theme is optional; activities outside the scope of the theme are always welcome.

Learn more at culturedays.ca.

August 30, 2018 - Public Hearing on Proposed City-Initiated Zoning Bylaw Changes Sept 4

The City routinely performs a review and updates to our Zoning Bylaw, which oversees how we use land in Pitt Meadows. The following updates are being recommended and will be open for public comment and Council consideration at a public hearing on September 4, 2018.  

Residents who would be impacted by any of these proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw are invited to provide feedback in writing or in person at the public hearing.

The bylaw and associated reports may be viewed at the City Hall during regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Please direct inquiries to the Development Services Department at 604.465.2428.  

Proposed changes include the following:

1. Introducing research and development, biotechnology and production studio uses in the Golden Ears Business Park, phases 1 and 2 only. 

This allows for a wider variety of uses in Golden Ears Business Park, west of Harris Road.  This would create greater economic opportunities in the area and the possibility of higher-paying employment. 

2. To not permit accessory buildings on a property to be used toward the calculation of the gross floor area of the first storey. 

This would limit the floor area of the second storey to 80% of the first floor area.  The current regulation allows homebuilders to potentially use the area of accessory buildings such as garages and sheds towards the calculation of the first floor area. This change is meant to encourage greater visual interest in family home design (and prevent big box design).

3. Permitting storage containers (aka shipping containers) in industrial and agricultural zones

Storage containers (also known as shipping containers) under 10 square metres in area are permitted in the residential and agricultural zones for residential uses (primarily storage) with restrictions.  The City is proposing to allow larger storage in agricultural, general industrial and public zones.

4. Limiting the length of docks on the Alouette River. 

Currently, the length of docks in the Alouette River is limited indirectly:  a 30 metre wide channel must be maintained at all times, otherwise, the length of docks is not addressed in the Zoning Bylaw.  The City is proposing to limit the length of dock, including docks running parallel to the shore, to 30 metres in length.

5. Prohibiting secondary suites and garden suites from the CD-11 zone

Single-family homes located south of Sutton Avenue are zoned CD-11.  Existing covenants registered on these properties prohibit secondary suites.  However, the Zoning Bylaw currently permits secondary suites in the CD-11 zone.  Removing secondary suites as a permitted use will mean that the City’s Zoning Bylaw is consistent with restrictions that are already on the title of these properties.

6. Simplifying the language for Commercial, Unlicensed and Recreational Vehicle Parking and Storage in Residential Zones section

This section would be changed to reference unlicensed vehicles in the section title, since they are addressed in the body of the regulation, and eliminate references to the side yard and front yard setbacks.    

7. Exempt municipal accessory structures from setback requirements  

Typically, buildings throughout the City, whether they are residential, commercial, industrial etc., must be located a certain distance from property lines.  The City is proposing to eliminate this requirement for public buildings located next to other public properties.

8. Excluding single family homes and townhouse developments from applying small car space provisions in the Zoning Bylaw

Currently, the Zoning Bylaw permits 25% of the total required parking spaces for all developments that have more than 30 parking spaces to be small car spaces, or spaces with reduced dimensions. This is not intended to apply to garages attached to single units, but to car parking lots; however, that is unclear in the Zoning Bylaw.

For more information and related documents, visit our Public Hearings page.

September 4, 2018 - Closure of parking lot at Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre

The City is facilitating drainage modifications and repaving of the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre’s north parking lot.

Access will be restricted starting the evening of Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  

Work is expected to start on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and will take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting.  Access to the underground parkade will remain unobstructed.  The gravel parking lot and the south paved parking lot may also be used.  The remainder of the surface parking stalls remain time-durated/restricted as posted. 

Please see the map below with the area of work outlined in red and adhere to all posted signage.  We thank you in advance for your patience.

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