Neighbourhood Watch

Image: A selected image from the Spacing Vancouver Flickr pool. Image courtesy of waferboard

A selected image from the Spacing Vancouver Flickr pool. Image courtesy of waferboard.

A weekly roundup of noteworthy news in municipalities across B.C.

A new shelter in Whalley, expanded drop-in services, a better mix of housing types, and more outreach services are just some of the recommendations being made in a new city plan to address homelessness in Surrey.

Kamloops City hall is hoping to keep its social media momentum going as public meetings on the budget continue. Last week’s meeting on parks, recreation and cultural services was live-streamed with an online chat room and discussed on Twitter with the hashtag #kamloopsbudget.

Residents concerned with proposed amendments to a project planned for the former White Rock Muffler site will soon have a chance to voice those concerns. But council’s move to authorize a public hearing on the issue was not welcomed by area residents who had been heartened by a land-use committee decision earlier this month to recommend rejecting the amendment as written.

With City budget discussions fast approaching, Courtenay staff recommend a focus on underground infrastructure upgrades in the coming years. Council is expected to start budget talks later this month, and during this week’s committee of the whole meeting, staff updated council on the general status of city infrastructure and strategic improvements.

A proposed new two-storey,  heritage-style office complex for the western entrance to Fort Langley was rejected Monday after a majority of Township councillors complained the exterior didn’t look heritage enough.