UEL FACTSThe Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has launched a Community Information Initiative for the University Endowment Lands (UEL). The initiative provides information to help build a common understanding about the current nature and operation of the UEL.
UEL community members can explore factsheets about the area's current governance, services and financial arrangements. Community members are also invited to share their views on living in the UEL through a short feedback form. Feedback opportunity closes February 17, 2017. CLICK HERE for more information.
The UEL mailed out its Winter Newsletter to residents and property managers in December 2016. Find out about Christmas tree disposal, new parking decals for Areas A and B and more, CLICK HERE.
2017 GARBAGE SCHEDULE
SNOW REMOVAL POLICY
The UEL has updated its Snow Removal Policy in response to the recent weather events. Residents and business owners are asked to review the policy, located here.
INTEGRATED STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
The UEL is in the process of creating an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP). The plan is for the developed areas of the UEL (not Pacific Spirit Regional Park) which predominantly drain northward to Burrard Inlet.
The ISMP Development Process:
The UEL has retained AECOM Canada Inc. to develop the ISMP in line with the requirements of Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP) and British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act. Development of the ISMP occurs in four stages and based on the approach outlined in Chapter 9: Developing and Implementing an ISMP in Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia.
Stage 1 – What do we have? – Review background information and summarize existing conditions.
(Review and summary of study area, regulatory context, land use, hydrology, stormwater system, hydrogeology and soils, environment, hydraulic modelling and assessment).
Stage 2 – What do we want? – Establish the vision, goals, and objectives for stormwater management.
Stage 3 – How do we put this into action? – Develop an implementation plan, funding and enforcement strategies.
Stage 4 – How do we stay on target? – Develop a monitoring and assessment program.
The Stage 1 report has been completed. CLICK HERE to read the report.
2017 PARKING DECALS - HOW TO OBTAIN ONE
The 2017 parking decals are now available for multi-family residents who are eligible. To renew your parking permit, the following documents MUST be presented:
1. VALID ICBC VEHICLE INSURANCE with current UEL address. Resident should be listed either as the vehicle owner or principal operator; plus:
2. COPY OF CURRENT UTILITY BILL (i.e. Telephone, Hydro or Cable Bill) showing your name and current UEL address or your tenancy agreement.
NOTE: 2016 parking permits expire September 30. Vehicles parked in a multi-family zone without a valid parking permit may be towed without warning. Parking permits are obtained from the UEL Administration Office, located at 5495 Chancellor Boulevard.
The UEL purchases potable water in bulk from the Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD). The increase in cost of water from the GVWD for the 2016 calendar year is approximately 1.9% over the 2015 cost.
The 2016 UEL water rates listed below reflect the increase in cost from the GVWD with no additional increase in the UEL mark-up.
As shown, the water rates are based on the GVWD seasonal Peak (June 1 to September 30) and Off-Peak (January 1 to May 31 and October 1 to December 31) periods. This results in three billing cycles per year that correspond with these periods.
Effective January 1, 2016 UEL water rates will be as follows:
- Minimum period charge, Off Peak - $25.00
- Minimum period charge, Peak - $25.00
- Rate per cubic meter, Off Peak - $1.3872
- Rate per cubic meter, Peak - $1.734
Water meters are read at the end of May, September and December. Bills are mailed shortly thereafter.
Many people have commented on the chafer beetle infestation in the lawn in front of the UEL Administration building. The beetle’s larva are popular with crows, skunks, raccoons and other creatures who dig up the lawn to get at the larva.
Chafer beetle infestation has been moving this way for more than a decade and can be seen in many parts of the UEL. There are chemical and biological treatments available as integrated pest management options. None of them completely eliminate the problem as it is so wide-spread.
There are a number of good websites describing the problem and potential solutions. As we are a provincial agency, we’ll provide a couple of provincial websites as a starting point:
- City of Vancouver - Chafer beetle information
- City of New Westminster - Pests
- City of North Vancouver - Chafer beetle information
- City of Burnaby - Chafer beetle brochure
Residents are advised to discuss treatment options with their landscape professional and to make sure whichever treatment option is chosen, that they ensure the applicator is certified and compliant with pest management regulations. The UEL Administration does NOT oversee pesticide regulation or treatment.
If you are planning to treat for chafer beetle next season be a good neighbour and keep your neighbours informed as to what you are doing. Some folks are particularly sensitive to certain chemicals and will appreciate advance notice. Other neighbours may want to coordinate with you on treatment options.
For information pertaining to the Block Watch Program in the University Endowment Lands, please call the UBC RCMP at:
General information regarding the Block Watch Program can be found here.