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Sapperton/United Boulevard Evalutation update

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Now that the workshops of Phase 2 are done, this will be the last update on the Sapperton/United Boulevard Evaluation process. Although there was significant discussion and consultation with the community, the project will not proceed. Our public consultation team has passed along this wrapup for the whole process:

Our Sapperton/United Boulevard Extension process has now wrapped up. More than 100 people came out on May 19 to listen to Sany Zein, our Director of Roads, share the final recommendation for a future United Boulevard Extension and supporting community improvements.

In his presentation, Sany explained that TransLink does not have a solution that is agreeable to the community. TransLink will therefore not be requesting an endorsement of a UBE concept from the Cities of New Westminster and Coquitlam. Without support from the Cities, the project will not proceed.

The solution that TransLink selected based on further extensive technical analysis of the many proposed concepts, meets the project objectives, and also reduces traffic queuing, congestion and emissions in the Sapperton neighbourhood while improving traffic safety. However, little support was expressed for TransLink’s selected concept, and the United Boulevard Extension project will therefore not be proceeding.

Generally, the people who attended the meeting were happy with this decision. Some also expressed concern about the impacts on other projects in the North Fraser Perimeter Road corridor, such as the Pattullo Bridge and Front Street. Sany reiterated that the North Fraser Perimeter Road is not part of TransLink’s Base Financial Plan, further to the decisions of the Mayors’ Council. Without the United Boulevard Extension, TransLink would not do any further work on the rest of North Fraser Perimeter Road, and planning and consultation for the Pattullo Bridge will proceed on this basis.

Importantly, the work the community did to identify ideas for community enhancements, including improving pedestrian and bike routes, reducing noise in the community and calming traffic through neighbourhood streets, will be shared with the City for future consideration.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this process.

Sapperton/United Boulevard Phase 2 workshops – a recap

Phase 2 of the Sapperton/United Boulevard Extension Transportation Planning Process has wrapped up. There were two workshops that took place on April 13 and 30, 2011. Here’s what our consultation team said about them:

About 70 community members participated in each workshop, where they developed and helped review potential concepts for a future UBE. Community impacts, costs and traffic changes were noted as some of the key concerns about the concepts. For background, traffic data and statistics have been posted online, showing traffic volumes, emissions and other data, for today and in the future, and with or without a UBE.

Participants also spent time discussing local improvements to enhance the concepts and benefit the community. They came up with ideas for pedestrian and bike connections, traffic calming and noise mitigation

Feel free to check out the presentation, minutes and other material from the workshops. with the assistance of independent consultants are now going through everyone’s feedback from the workshops as they generate a recommended solution strategy. Our effort is focused on finding an agreeable solution that works as well for the community as it does for the transportation network.

To find out about the recommended solution, come out to the information meeting next week. Here’s the info:

Thursday, May 19, 2011
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster

Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed to the process!

Reminder: phase 2 Sapperton/United Boulevard workshop on Sat Apr 30, plus notes from the last workshop

So, just a reminder: the Sapperton/United Boulevard Extension workshops are still ongoing, and the last workshop in the second phase will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall in New Westminster!

Phase two of the workshop series is about refining the concepts presented in phase one: you can find out much more about the workshops and the project on the main Sapperton/United Boulevard page, and in the past Buzzer posts on this topic.

Also, the public consultation team has passed along wrapup notes from the last workshop. Here they are!

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Reminder: Sapperton/United Boulevard Phase 2 workshops start Wed Apr 13, 2011, plus phase 1 wrapup notes

Note: This is a scheduled post as I’m away this week, returning Monday April 11, 2011. If you need to reach TransLink info or staff, see this post!

Two notes for the Sapperton/United Boulevard workshops!

Phase 2 starts on April 13, 2011

A reminder that the phase two workshops for the Sapperton/United Boulevard Extension process begin on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

These workshops will focus on reviewing and refining possible transportation concepts for the area, based on the work done in the phase one workshops.

Discuss initial concepts based on Phase 1
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
Google map

Discuss the refined concepts
Saturday, April 30, 2011
9:30 a.m. to noon
Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
Google map

As always, you can find more info on the TransLink Sapperton/United Boulevard consultation page, or the past Buzzer blog posts on Sapperton.

Notes from the Sapperton/United Boulevard second workshop

And yes, the Sapperton/United Boulevard second workshop on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 wrapped up phase 1 meetings. Here’s the update from our public consultation team, discussing what we heard and what’s next.

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Reminder: second Sapperton/United Boulevard hands-on workshop, Wed Mar 16, 2011

A reminder that there’s a second Sapperton/United Boulevard extension hands-on workshop tonight, Wednesday March 16, 2011.

Share your ideas
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
Google map

United Boulevard Extension is a necessary part of a safe, reliable, connected and consistent North Fraser Perimeter Road for goods movement. The UBE needs to be sensitive to local values and local community concerns. It also needs to be part of an integrated corridor-level vision.

We are committed to listening to you and getting your input to help shape the solutions for the extension and your neighbourhood. Share your concerns and ideas at these two hands-on workshops, and watch for more opportunities to get involved!

This Wednesday’s workshop is a follow up to the first workshop held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, which asked attendees to “Share your transportation concerns.” At the Wednesday workshop, attendees will be asked to “Share your ideas” on solutions for the area. They’re both part of a set of four hands-on workshops in March and April. (Plus one reporting-out meeting in May!)

They’re planned to be quite different from earlier discussions on the United Boulevard area, which presented options for a roadway extension (try this post for more info). Instead, these workshops are going to be a broad consultation with the community, asking you to identify the transportation issues and help come up with solutions to fit your neighbourhood.

Here’s a summary of what happened at the first workshop. You can also check out the Sapperton 2011 Flickr group for photos of solutions submitted by attendees of the first workshop (if there are any sent in so far!).

Plus, here’s the interview with Gary Andrishak, our workshop facilitator from IBI Group. And here’s the main TransLink page about the Sapperton/United Boulevard extension planning process.

Please do pass this note along to anyone who might be interested!

Notes from the first Sapperton/United Boulevard workshop, Sat Mar 12, 2011

Here’s a quick update via our public consultation team, about the first Sapperton/United Boulevard workshop, held on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

More than 60 people attended, including many residents from the Sapperton area. As we talked about before, Gary Andrishak from IBI Group facilitated the session and started it off with a brief presentation (see the presentation here).

People then separated into small groups to discuss their community values and transportation concerns. (The groups were kept small to give everyone a chance to have a say!) They rolled up their sleeves and got down to business, describing on maps the things that mean the most to them in their communities, and what they would like to see fixed.

Here’s a summary of the key things we heard (full details are in the meeting minutes, which will be available soon are available here):

  • A sense of community pride and livability
  • Emphasis on connectivity, walkability, cycle-friendliness and crossings over Brunette
  • Need for river trails and traffic calming were expressed time after time
  • Need to reduce air pollution, congestion, noise, rat running and other issues associated with traffic.

We also heard questions about why the United Boulevard Extension is needed in the first place.

And from the feedback, most people rated the session pretty high and that is very important for working together through this process.

In preparation for the next workshop on Wednesday March 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the Pensioners Hall, participants were asked to get out and take a walk around your community—you can do this too, even if you didn’t attend the first workshop!

You can submit your pictures and ideas via Flickr (flickr.com/groups/Sapperton2011), showing what you think should be done to address the transportation issues in your community, or simply bring your ideas along to the meeting on Wednesday, and we’ll help to display them.

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to take part in the first workshop!

More about the Sapperton/United Boulevard workshops: a Q&A with Gary Andrishak, workshop facilitator

We’ve got two Sapperton community/United Boulevard workshops coming up soon, so to give us a bit of background, I talked to Gary Andrishak, who works with IBI Group and will be facilitating these workshops.

Gary and IBI Group have been hired to facilitate these workshops to give some independence to the proceedings, aiming to ensure residents and businesses in New Westminster and Coquitlam are heard in the process of coming up with solutions.

In this interview, Gary talks a bit about his background, the goals for the workshops, and what people can expect when they attend. Read on for the full Q&A!

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Come to our Sapperton/United Boulevard Extension hands-on workshops, Sat Mar 12 & Wed Mar 16, 2011

For those in the New Westminster area (or those just interested in it!), we’re holding a set of four Sapperton community/United Boulevard Extension hands-on workshops in March and April. (Plus one reporting-out meeting in May!)

They’re planned to be quite different from earlier discussions on the United Boulevard area, which centred around presenting options for a roadway extension (try this post for more info on the earlier open houses).

Instead, these workshops are going to be a broad consultation with the community, asking you to identify the transportation issues and help come up with solutions to fit your neighbourhood.

The first two are coming up on Saturday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 16, 2011, and here are the details:

Share your transportation concerns
Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:30 a.m. to noon
Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
Google map

Share your ideas
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
Google map

United Boulevard Extension is a necessary part of a safe, reliable, connected and consistent North Fraser Perimeter Road for goods movement. The UBE needs to be sensitive to local values and local community concerns. It also needs to be part of an integrated corridor-level vision.

We are committed to listening to you and getting your input to help shape the solutions for the extension and your neighbourhood. Share your concerns and ideas at these two hands-on workshops, and watch for more opportunities to get involved!

Btw: if you join us at TransLink’s Facebook page, we’ve added the workshops as upcoming events that you can put in your calendar.

You can also check out our Sapperton/United Boulevard Extension page for more info on the project, as well as the public summary from the earlier set of open houses in 2010.

And stay tuned: tomorrow, I’ll have an interview with Gary Andrishak, who is facilitating the workshops, which goes into a LOT more detail on the workshops’ approach and what to expect! Edit: Here’s the interview with Gary!

Please do pass this note along to anyone who might be interested!

Reminder: United Boulevard open house, Tue Dec 7, 2010

Just a reminder that a third United Boulevard open house has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2010, in response to a great deal of interest in this project.

The details:

December 7, 2010
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster
*Presentation in the theatre begins at 6:45 p.m. followed by a discussion.

On the blog, check out this United Boulevard Buzzer post for some of the discussion happening so far—you’ll find links there to other conversations happening online as well.

This project is also part of our proposed 2011 supplement plan.

And as always, general information, resources, and upcoming events related to this project can be found at the United Boulevard Extension public consultation page.

United Boulevard Extension: an interview with Sany Zein, TransLink Director of Roads

A map of the United Boulevard Extension with the issue areas delineated. This is pulled from the boards put up at the United Boulevard consultation sessions. Click for a MUCH larger version!

Please note: in response to the huge response on this project, another consultation session has now been scheduled for New Westminster, on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Justice Institute of British Columbia! Find out more at the United Boulevard page.

Sany Zein, TransLink's Director of Roads!

As you may know, we’re currently consulting on the United Boulevard Extension, a project to improve multimodal travel and regional goods movement in the Coquitlam and New Westminster areas.

The project, which is part of our 2011 supplemental plans, has raised a ton of discussion about implementation, its value, and what will happen next—for example, see these posts at Tenth to the Fraser and the New West Environmental Partners.

So I thought I’d also do an interview with Sany Zein, TransLink’s Director of Roads, to find out a bit more about the project and hopefully add to the discussion that is already out there.

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United Boulevard Extension open houses, Nov 18 and 25

A quick heads up to say that there will be two open houses held soon to discuss an extension to United Boulevard, part of the North Fraser Perimeter Road project (phase 1). Make sure to attend if you’re interested, and please share this with others who might find it useful.

The details:

November 18, 2010
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster

November 25, 2010
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place des Arts
1120 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam

You can find more information on the project at the United Boulevard Extension public consultation page. This project is also part of our proposed 2011 supplement plan.