Welcome to the Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) website

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Adopt-a-street: MCCA adopted the street area of Queens Street Plaza early in 2015, and teams meet periodically to clean the area with equipment provided by the city. If you can spare an occasional hour or so to help, please email us at mcca.pm@gmail.com, and we’ll add you to our list. This would not commit you to a set schedule, but more people willing to pitch in once in awhile will help us to keep the area clean. It’s not just cleaning — it’s interaction and community building!

MCCA Membership:  We welcome new (and lapsed) members at any time.  Must be 19+ and reside in the Moody Centre catchment area (see map).  Annual fee is $5/year. Payment can be made at any event, or by contacting MCCA to arrange (mcca.pm@gmail.com).

New, June 2017: MCCA Facebook

Upcoming:

Tues., July 10, 2018, 7:00 pm at City Hall: Public Hearing(s). Materials available here or here. Includes condo/apartment applications, new zoning bylaw.

Tues., July 10, 2018, following 7:00 pm public hearing(s) at City Hall: Council Meeting. Materials available here or here. See post below with agenda table of contents.

Friday nights, Night Market at Station Museum, Murray Street: see TCN: Market lights up Port Moody night.

Summer Sundays at Rocky Point Park: see TCN: Steely Dan, Eagles’ tribute bands at Summer Sundays.

Exact timing unknown: Demolition of 6 homes for Bold Properties townhomes development (Clarke, Douglas, St. Johns, 38 new units) COMPLETED (see photos below), and 22 homes for Marcon development (3000 block St. George, 252 new units), in progress (see photos below).

See the city calendar link from city home web-page for more events, and the Tri-City News.

Various dates and events:  Port Moody Station Museum/Heritage Society.
Various dates and events: PoMo Arts Centre.

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Handy links:
Council meeting video recordings (since September 2012)
2018 Council Agendas and Minutes
2017 Council Agendas and Minutes
Committee Agendas and Minutes, multiple years (links)
Council Agendas and Minutes, multiple years (links)
Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted 2014/2015 (lawsuit delay)
Former OCP, adopted January 2011
Council’s Strategic Plan 2015-2018
Development applications (Port Moody), Excel format
Summary of all-candidates meeting hosted by MCCA, Nov. 5, 2014
Municipal election 2014 disclosures
Campaign spending, totals, breakdowns
News portal, GVRD (Metro Vancouver)

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Platform? Construction site July 14, 2018

Platform? Construction site July 14, 2018

Facing Moody Street

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July 10, 2018 at council — public hearings incl. new zoning bylaw, condo/apartment applications, Ioco Lands connector route, and much more

July 10, 2018 at council — public hearings incl. new zoning bylaw, condo/apartment applications, Ioco Lands connector route, and much more
Condo/apartment applications are Dewdney Trunk (PC Urban) and Centro (Panatch) Electronic Ave; see below

Image below from public hearing material on zoning bylaw, see links below for more information.

Public Hearing(s) — 3, starting at 7:00 pm, regular council meeting to follow, all material available at links here or here.

  • Zoning bylaw — comprehensive re-write, important document to guide land use and development in Port Moody
  • OCP amendment and rezoning application — 3370 Dewdney Trunk Road, PC Urban proposal for 6-story residential rental building at site of mobile home park
  • Rezoning application — 50 Electronic Avenue, Centro-Panatch proposal for 6-storey residential condo building, with commercial space (just west of Klahanie off Murray)

The zoning bylaw re-write has been talked about for years now, but was delayed due to the re-opening of the Official Community Plan in 2012 (re-opened just one year after an OCP final document was adopted in 2011). See earlier post Zoning bylaw update — Blueprint — and déjà vu.

Anyone wishing to comment can do so in person and/or by email (by noon on day of hearings) at clerks@portmoody.ca, but note that written submissions will not be captured in the official minutes. (And, no, we don’t know why Port Moody no longer lists written submissions; it’s been a few years now.)

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Council agenda TOC, July 10, 2018, following public hearing(s)

Total package is 1,147 pages, links here or here. Too much for most people to read, but you may wish to pull up the file and select certain items for review. Some of the material repeats public hearing information.

There are public input opportunities near the beginning of the meeting and at the end. Written input can also be sent (clerks@portmoody.ca; council@portmoody.ca) but please note written input is not included anymore in official meeting minutes.

 

Two items account for more than two-thirds of the total agenda package:

Item 7.1, Zoning Bylaw (Pages 81-500); and

Item 9.5, Ioco Lands Connector Options Study (Pages 667-1086), a hot-button topic. “The public open house attracted over 550 attendees and nearly 1,300 survey responses were received.”
Staff Recommendation: that the June 29, 2018 report be received for information.

Much more information on the above and other items is available for review in the agenda package (links above).

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Updates: ERH expansion plans, park expansion, CPAC meeting, mayor seat challenger, in the news

Updates: ERH expansion plans, park expansion, CPAC meeting, mayor seat challenger, in the news

Image below, Eagle Ridge proposed expansion, rejected by CPAC July 3, 2018

Park Expansion
In the June 26, 2018 council agenda, one of the hot topics was Councillor Vagramov’s call to consider park expansion in light of a growing population. It was Item 9.11, A Call to Park Expansion … Rocky Point Park – Flavelle Oceanfront Development — see post below June 26, 2018 at council — annual financial report, citizen survey, zoning bylaw, park expansion, and much more.

Out of the seven members of council, the item received support from only two: Councillors Madsen and Vagramov. The other five were very clear in their rejection and suggested Councillor Vagramov’s math didn’t make sense (e.g., that if the city followed it’s own guideline/goal in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan for additional park space for additional population, the Flavelle site is smaller than what would be required, ergo the report from Councillor Vagramov was bad math).

The counter argument is that the report was actually pointing out the problems with intense density without planning properly for park space as defined in the Master Plan.

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Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC), meeting on July 3, 2018
There were three items on the agenda.

  • OCP Amendment, Eagle Ridge Hospital — unanimous agreement to not support this application to sell public land — intended for health care — for condo development, and without assurances of where land sale proceeds would go (e.g., for local health care needs and hospital expansion). A little bit of irony that CPAC admonished Fraser health for selling land to pay bills while Port Moody is promoting the same with the city owned lands. See news links below for Tri-City News follow-up article.
  • Rezoning and development permit application, 2301-2307 Clarke Street (Paulsun Holdings) — three single-family lots to change to 30 stacked townhouse units in four buildings over underground parking with a central amenity courtyard between the buildings. There was some discussion on accessibility issues. This application now moves forward to council.
  • Rezoning and development permit application, 2421 Clarke Street (CityState Consulting, on behalf of the owner 600614 B.C. LTD., INC. NO. 600614, Damir Dugandzic) — a proposal to develop what is currently a parking lot for the Burrard Public House into six commercial retail units at grade, 35 apartment units, and eight townhouses. After what appeared as a strong, comprehensive presentation with mostly positive feedback from the committee, the proposal is moving forward but with more discussion on a few points. Mayor Clay appeared less onboard when he said near the end, “… This can’t happen. Like, we just can’t allow this to happen [holding up something visual]. And I don’t know what we can do but I think our staff need to come back and give us some advice on how we stop that from happening because that’s terrible for everybody. And I don’t think we should be putting anything forward that ends up looking like that …” It’s not clear what specifically he was referring to, though there was earlier mention of 85 Kyle Street, location of Boothill Junction repair shop.

The minutes are not yet available, but the video can be viewed online: Council Meeting Video Archive (select specialty tab).

Note: Historically, this committee (formerly known as the Land Use Committee) has offered opportunity for public input. The public input option was removed in the latest re-write of the terms of reference, although the public can still attend (just not speak). The committee has been expanded to include three additional people to offset the disbanding of the Advisory Design Panel.

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Councillor Vagramov to run for mayor, election October 20, 2018
Councillor Vagramov announced he will run for the position of mayor, with a press release on June 28 and in-person gathering at the pier at Rocky Point Park on June 30, 2018. His election website is: https://www.robertvagramov.ca. See news links below.

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In the news, a sampling, general:

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The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments, via email or as an online comment.

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Marcon development, St. George, model representation

Marcon development, St. George, model representation

Partial model of development in progress (land currently cleared of former homes)

Recent related post:
Changing neighbourhoods, May 2018 — photos

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June 26, 2018 at council — annual financial report, citizen survey, zoning bylaw, park expansion, and much more

June 26, 2018 at council — annual financial report, citizen survey, zoning bylaw, park expansion, and much more

Images below, from agenda Item 9.11 (Flavelle site and discussion on park expansion), and related item presented at June 12th mtg, respectively. See below for more.

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Council agenda TOC, June 26, 2018
Total package is 801 pages, links here or here. Too much for most people to read, but you may wish to pull up the file and select certain items for review.

There are public input opportunities near the beginning of the meeting and at the end. Written input can also be sent (clerks@portmoody.ca; council@portmoody.ca) but please note written input is not included in official meeting minutes.

A few notes …

Item 3.3, Annual Report (year ending 2017). Always full of information. Recommended reading; check out the table of contents and you will likely find something of particular interest. Includes assets, liabilities, debt, spending, major taxpayers, and much more. Just one tidbit (and people may feel there are good reasons for it) … Out of 19 local municipalities listed in its comparison chart of taxes, Port Moody is 4th highest, while the City of Langley is the lowest (page 6 of report, 84 of agenda).

Item 9.3, Zoning Bylaw – about 200 pages. Important document which needed a complete review and re-write.
Excerpt from cover memo: “The City’s existing Zoning Bylaw, No. 1890, was adopted in 1988 and was primarily based on a Bylaw from 1974. Over the past 30 years, the Zoning Bylaw has been amended many times, both to rezone properties and to make text amendments. In its current form, the Bylaw has become increasingly challenging to effectively use as an implementation tool for the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP). There are also definitions and terms used in the Bylaw that are no longer relevant, and other definitions and terms that should be added to improve clarity and ease of interpretation, both by staff and the public.”

Recommended reading. Many significant changes. A shortened version of the proposed changes can be found on city website here. If approved, will go to public hearing on July 10, 2018. Discussed at council committee of the whole one week earlier (June 19) after public comment which included an online survey.

Item 9.1, 2018 Citizen Survey (Ipsos). Pages 181-248 with cover memo.
Image below is from first page of the executive summary. Click on PDF link below image for 7 page executive summary, or for the complete report use the council agenda links near the top of this post.

7-page Executive Summary from Citizen Survey, PDF link below.
Citizen Survey-Executive Summary 2018

Item 9.11, A Call to Park Expansion … Rocky Point Park – Flavelle Oceanfront Development — see images at top of this post.
Submitted by Councillor Rob Vagramov. Excerpt: “Recommends modification of the Land Use Plan for the Oceanfront Village future development site in order to enlarge substantially the coastal land allocation set aside for the westward expansion of Rocky Point Park, recognizing that this is Port Moody’s last and only opportunity to make a major augmentation to the size of the City’s most heavily-used and best-loved city park before major impending densifications of the immediate and surrounding neighbourhoods.”

The report references the Port Moody Parks and Recreation Master Plan recommendation/goal of park space creation at a rate of 2.5ha per 1,000 new residents. See the agenda for the entire report/recommendation.

Image below from Councillor Vagramov’s public FB account as of June 22, 2018. Note the size of Rocky Point Park just west of the proposed development on the Flavelle site.

This is not an easy topic with an easy solution, but the Moody Centre Community Association has long advocated for more park space, especially important to consider as population grows. It’s not a topic to ignore, or kick down the road. Councillor Vagramov’s report and the topic itself is worthy of review and serious discussion.

Much more information on the above and other items is available for review in the agenda package (links above).
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In the news, a sampling, general:

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments, via email or as an online comment.

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June 12, 2018 at council — 5 public hearings, plus regular council meeting following

June 12, 2018 at council — 5 public hearings, plus regular council meeting following

Image below, St. Andrews United Church property, public hearing item 4

Public hearing(s):  Prior to the regular council meeting, there are five items for discussion at public hearing(s), all within Moody Centre. Full agenda material can be accessed here or here. Anyone wishing to provide input can do so in person at the meeting and/or by email to clerks@portmoody.ca by noon on June 12. Please note, written correspondence will not appear in the official minutes. The public hearing items also appear in the council regular agenda (see below), and are:

  • Rezoning Application — 2711 St. George St. (lot subdivision)
  • Rezoning Application — 2705 St. George St. (lot subdivision)
  • Rezoning Application — 2801 Henry St. (lot subdivision)
  • Amendment and Rezoning Application — 2318 St. Johns Street (St. Andrews Church property); in addition to agenda material, see news article Church and developer hoping to build community in Port Moody (TCN, June 8, 2018)
  • Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application — 2221 Clarke St. (allow a commercial use, Mint Hair Lounge, within the existing single-family residential dwelling)

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Council agenda TOC, June 12, 2018

Total package is 884 pages, links here or here.

There are public input opportunities near the beginning of the meeting and at the end, but input should not include items already discussed at the prior public hearings. Written input will not be included in official meeting minutes.

A few notes …

  • Item 7.1, Official Community Plan Amendment – Flavelle Oceanfront Development – Adoption. Pages 93-216. This item was discussed on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Metro Vancouver (aka GVRD) board meeting. See post below, Flavelle Oceanfront Development, official change from “industrial, special study area” to “general urban” for more.
  • Item 7.2, Amendments to Development Approval Procedures – Adoption. Pages 217-278. Related is Item 9.1, Community Planning Advisory Committee Terms of Reference. Pages 381-436.
  • Item 7.6, OCP Amendment and Rezoning Application – 2318 St. Johns Street, following earlier public hearing. This is the proposal by Catalyst Community Developments Society to allow a mixed-use project that includes 55 affordable housing units, office space, and a new church building for St. Andrew’s United Church.
  • Item 9.2, Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application — 3370 Dewdney Trunk Road. PC Urban proposal for 229 unit market rental apartment (site of mobile home park). Includes OCP amendment to increase the maximum permitted height of the building from four to six storeys. Parking — proposal to provide 205 parking spaces is 184 less than current zoning bylaw requirement of 387 (about 53% of current requirement, while proposed zoning bylaw would require 262, so 205 is about 78% of draft bylaw requirements). PC Urban (proponent) is now offering to include five affordable, below market rentals, as that is the number of current tenants at the park who face displacement. If approved, to public hearing on July 10, 2018.
  • Item 9.4, Rezoning Application, 50 Electronic Avenue (Centro/Panatch), to allow a mixed-use project that includes 358 residential units and approximately 1,692mz (18,212ft2) of commercial space. If approved, to public hearing on July 10, 2018.

Much more information on the above and other items is available for review in the agenda package.

Related recent posts on this site:

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In the news, a sampling, general:

Excerpted from “Coquitlam City Centre tower gets green light” (link just above):

“Neal Nicholson said council should wait and deal with the two proposals at the same time because together they will take up a full city block.

“This is not ready for decision,” said Nicholson, a former city councillor who lives a block away. “It’s a big significant site and it should be looked at as one.”

“Coun. Bonita Zarrillo was the lone vote opposed to second and third readings of Polygon’s rezoning application. She said she was torn after listening to the speakers.
“We need to start thinking this is where people live,” said Zarrillo, “[and] how we are affecting people’s lives and not listening to them.”

She finds “it really annoying” the city doesn’t have a density target for the area.

“There’s no lid on the number of units in here. We don’t talk about the effect on people’s lives,” said Zarrillo, who added she has gone door knocking in the area the last three months. “People are tired and they feel like we’re not listening with them. I’m finding it real hard to stop thinking about those people’s faces.”

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Flavelle Oceanfront Development, official change from “industrial, special study area” to “general urban”

Flavelle Oceanfront Development, official change from “industrial, special study area” to “general urban”

On council’s agenda for June 12, 2018, Item 7.1, Official Community Plan Amendment – Flavelle Oceanfront Development is set for adoption. Pages 93-216.

Recent summary: The Metro Vancouver (aka GVRD) board discussed this item again on Friday, May 25, 2018, and after declining the request in 2014, and recommending a further denial in February 2018, has now agreed to Port Moody’s requested change based on additional materials submitted by Port Moody.

Image below from Metro Vancouver (GVRD) board meeting agenda May 25, 2018, page 310.

Note: The circle above is double the usual 400m shown in these maps.

Metro Vancouver (GVRD) meeting, May 25, 2018: Regional Growth Strategy Amendment — Flavelle Mill Site, Item G1.2, begins on page 294, ends at p.441 (http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD/RD_2018-May-25_AGE.pdf).

Earlier this year: In a memo prepared by MV (GVRD) for its board meeting on Feb. 2, 2018, the recommendation was for the “MVRD Board [to] decline the City of Port Moody’s requested amendment to Metro 2040 for the Flavelle Mill Site and not proceed with a Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw.

Port Moody responded with additional material to support its request.

The public hearing minutes from Port Moody’s public hearing on Flavelle (July 25, 2017) were part of the submission to Metro Vancouver, and unfortunately did not capture all official public input since written submissions are not currently summarized in Port Moody’s official minutes.

A few excerpts are included below from the MV (GVRD) board agenda (available at link provided above, which has much more on the topic).

Port Moody responses in rebuttal [emphasis added] to Metro Vancouver’s staff comments in letter dated July 21, 2017 (available at link provided above).

From pages 328-329:

  1. The Flavelle site is no longer viable for industry and its current use as a sawmill:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. Re-designating the Flavelle site would not place added pressure for the conversion of adjacent industrial lands:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. The Flavelle site is not expected to negatively impact the Moody Centre Frequent Transit Development Area’s ability to accommodate anticipated density to support rapid transit:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. Additional detailed planning work has now been completed to address the Special Study Overlay on the site and to evaluate the proposal and the regional impacts of converting industrial lands to mixed-use transit-oriented development:

[… includes bullet points to support statement, including the following, page 330]

  • The light industrial employment generated from the required 9,570m² (103,010ft²) minimum floorspace equates to approximately 186 full time equivalent jobs (based on a ratio of 1.81 employees/1000 ft² used in the Urban Futures report). The redevelopment proposal therefore results in a net increase of 126 industrial jobs on the site.
  1. The viability of the site for industrial activities is considered to be limited, and the loss of particular characteristics can be mitigated by providing new and more intensive employment generating activities on site and relocating existing jobs to more appropriate locations in the region:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. The pressure for conversion of nearby/adjacent active industrial lands, including identification of how the industrial/residential interface, will be minimized as follows:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. The proposed development complements the strong planning work for Moody Centre and Coronation Park in terms of planned growth and density and provides additional density to support the new Skytrain stations and achieve Port Moody’s population and employment targets:

[… includes bullet points to support statement, including the following, page 331]

  • “The City’s RCS employment goal is 11,527 jobs by 2041 (Port Moody currently has an estimated 7,300 full- and part-time jobs). The estimated 1,130 full-time equivalent jobs on the site represents 26% of the additional jobs required to reach this 2041 employment goal.
  • The City’s RCS population goal is 50,000 residents by 2041 (Port Moody currently has a population of 33,550). The estimated population of approximately 7,000 residents on the site represents 42% of the additional population required to reach this 2041 population goal.

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Traffic analysis, from agenda page 356:

From council’s April 10, 2018 meeting:
Item 9.1, Flavelle Oceanfront District, excerpt:
“The site can only be re-designated by the City from industrial to other uses if its regional industrial designation in Metro 2040 is removed. A simple majority vote (50% +1) of the Board is required to amend Metro 2040 for this type of application. If the Board approves the amendment to Metro 2040, Council can then consider adoption of the OCP amendment bylaw which creates a new OCP designation of Oceanfront District for the Flavelle site.”

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) has followed this process closely and for more information, use the search bar (Flavelle, Mill and Timber, Oceanfront), or scroll.

For example, see: Flavelle Oceanfront Development — open house, part two.

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