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HIGHBURY INTERCEPTOR

 

The Highbury Interceptor sewer main runs through Musqueam Park; we walk on top of it along the trail that goes from the bottom of Alma down to the River. An Interceptor Air Management Building (photo above) was installed in Musqueam Park along the sewer line in 2019. The West Southlands Residents Association negotiated for it to include a public washroom open during the day.

New filters were installed in August 2022 to eliminate odours coming from the building.

 

A sign at the building indicates a site to assemble in case of emergency at the facility. It is meant for Metro staff and doesn't signal any risk to the community.

IONA TREATMENT PLANT

The Highbury Interceptor takes Vancouver sewage to the 60-year-old Iona Treatment Plant on the south side of the Fraser. Work is underway on a $10-billion upgrade of the plant from primary to tertiary treatment.

 

Barges may be used to haul away dirt during construction; they would replace 250-500 dump truck trips/day. Three barge berth sites are being studied. People who live across from the proposed barge sites near Deering Island and near Musqueam have concerns about potential noise, light, and particulate exposures.

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ANNUAL MEETING NOTES

 

2023 Annual Meeting Notes

2022 Annual Meeting Notes

2021 Annual Meeting Notes

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

2024 Jan Newsletter

2023 Feb Newsletter

2022 Dec Newsletter ( 简讯中文 )

2022 September Newsletter

2022 August Newsletter ( 简讯中文 )

2022 May Newsletter

2021 Dec Newsletter ( 简讯中文 )

2021 May Newsletter

2020 Sept Newsletter

 

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SOUTHLANDS SCHOOL

 

In February 2024, a traditional Musqueam Housepost by Brent Sparrow was raised at Southlands Elementary School, the catchment school for many children in our area.

TRAFFIC CONTROL

 

In June 2023, the City made 51st Avenue safer by lowering its speed limit to 30 km/h, installing speed humps, and repainting the crosswalk at the Wallace Trail. We are still advocating for the speed limit everywhere in the neighbourhood to be reduced to 30 km/h.

CHANGES AT THE AIRPORT

 

NavCan is planning changes to airport flight paths meant to reduce noise and plane emissions using sophisticated navigation technology. A public information & consultation process was completed in 2023. Information to date suggests it will not affect our neighbourhood.

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VANCOUVER PLAN

(photo credit: Werner Bayer, Flickr)

The Vancouver Plan, a 30-year City strategy was adopted in 2022. As part of the Plan, in 2023, the City approved new zoning to allow "missing middle housing" in all residential areas. 

 

In keeping with the plan, some of the new housing being built in West Southlands are duplexes: on 50th and on Alma. There is an existing multiplex on Holland.

 

New R1-1 zoning allows 4 units on every 33-ft lot and 6 units on every 50 to 66-ft lot. There may be exceptions that affect our neighbourhood: homes with designated heritage status; and lots in a designated floodplain. Here is a guide.

FLOOD PREVENTION

 

Recent planning work has included a geotechnical field investigation along the Wallace St. trail (April 2024) and a detailed topographical survey done by the City to identify areas of flood risk (summer 2023). This is part of the ongoing follow-up of our neighbourhood after the extreme rainfall of November 2021. Work on some drainage issues on 49th west of Dunbar is planned for early 2024.

 

Other measures have included​

  • drainage fixed at Collingwood & 49th, Alma & 48th, 49th east of Dunbar, 50th west of Dunbar

  • Dunbar & Wallace tide gates fixed

  • ditches cleaned & dug deeper

  • curb inlets installed to control runoff across Marine Dr

  • pump placed at foot of Wallace

  • catch basins checked & cleared

  • frequent neighbourhood checks during heavy rains & high tides

简讯中文

The newsletter is posted also in Chinese, translated by director Cynthia Fung.

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