Welcome to the Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) website

MCCA-welcome

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).

June 2017: MCCA Facebook

Upcoming:

Sunday, April 14, 2019: Earth Day in Port Moody. More information at city webpage here.

Tues., April 16, 2019, 6:00 pm at City Hall:  Finance Meeting.  Materials available here or here (council chambers, live-streamed).

Tues., April 16, 2019, 7:00 pm at City Hall:  Council Committee of the Whole Meeting.  Materials available here or here (council chambers, live-streamed).

Saturday, April 20, 2019: Port Moody’s annual City-Wide Garage Sale. More information at city webpage here.

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Port Moody Museum Heritage Society Easter Extravaganza. Easter egg hunt and more. More information here.

—Gatensbury Road Closure, Road Improvement Project:  October 2018-May 2019. Construction updates: portmoody.ca/gatensbury.

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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 webpage with livestream video link
Council meeting video recordings (since September 2012)
2019 Council Agendas and Minutes
2018 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 — Link changed, updated Sept. 2018
Zoning Bylaw (NEW)
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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April 10: Open house, development proposal, 3105-3113 St Johns at Buller, Forte Living

Open house, development proposal, 3105-3113 St Johns at Buller, Forte Living
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm, PoMo Arts Centre

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Update, April 8, 2019: The proposal was discussed by the Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) on September 4, 2018. Before changes were made to procedures in 2018, the open house would have been the first public step in the process. Please see end of this post for more.
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From invitation:
“The proposed development consists of 72 units, one to three-bedroom residential units ranging from 522 – 1,179 Sq. Ft and 7,764 Sq. Ft of commercial floor space facing St. Johns Street. Seven of the residential units will be one, two and three-bedroom rental units to provide a variety of housing options in the project. The Development features an L shaped design to enhance the corner of St. Johns and Buller street and to provide an extra large south facing courtyard space for the residents of the building featuring landscaping, seating, BBQ area, exercise area, and children’s play area. Individual outdoor living space is also provided by way of private patios or balconies for all units.

Underground parking is proposed with access from St. Andrews Street. 108 parking stalls are proposed, including 77 for residence, 17 for commercial, and 14 for visitors. 119 Bicycle spaces are also proposed.

The proposed corner commercial unit creates an opportunity for a local cafe or food business with a great outdoor seating area.”

For complete flyer, click on link below.
2019-04-10-Forte Living Open House Invitation

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Update — Information from earlier review at CPAC, Sept. 4, 2018

Related, MCCA post from August 31, 2018, link here:

From Sept. 4, 2018 CPAC agenda (complete document available here)

From Sept. 4, 2018 CPAC minutes (complete document available here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 4, 2018 CPAC meeting video here.

The Moody Centre Community Association welcomes your comments.

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Mayor takes leave of absence

Mayor takes leave of absence

 

On March 28, 2019, news outlets reported a charge of sexual assault had been filed against Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov. The assault is alleged to have occurred on April 1, 2015. Port Moody council held an emergency meeting at 3:00 pm on March 28, and agreed the mayor would take a paid leave of absence to deal with the charge. Following the meeting, the mayor spoke briefly to the media.

Press conference video at link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9XW0ALJ_2c

On April 2, 2019, council held a meeting to discuss an acting mayor rotation. The video can be accessed here.

Since it’s unknown how long the city will require an acting mayor, three 3-month time slots were filled. Councillors who were available for any or all time slots had their names put into a glass for a random draw to determine the schedule.

If necessary until the end of the year …

From April through June, the acting mayor will be Councillor Lahti.
From July through September, the acting mayor will be Councillor Madsen.
From October through December, the acting mayor will be Councillor Milani.

From the Vancouver Sun:
Port Moody mayor charged with sexual assault, takes paid leave of absence
Vancouver Sun, March 28, 2019

“Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov is taking a paid leave of absence after being charged with sexual assault relating to an incident alleged to have taken place four years ago.

Vagramov has denied the allegation.

“When the allegation surfaced during the election campaign last year, I was horrified and taken completely by surprise,” Vagramov told reporters on Thursday afternoon. “I want to be absolutely clear: This allegation is false. I intend on fighting it every step of the way, including filing a suit for defamation for this continued attack on my character.”

Vagramov said he had taken a lie-detector test and passed the results on to “authorities”.

“As someone who has been in contact with victims of sexual assault, I hope this does not take away from the validity of other cases. I am thankful to live in a place where the police take such claims extremely seriously,” he said. “I look forward to clearing my name in court.”

The charge was sworn in B.C. provincial court on Wednesday, and announced by the B.C. Prosecution Service in a statement on Thursday. Vagramov’s first court appearance is scheduled for April 25 in Port Coquitlam.”

[Full article at title link above.]

More local coverage at Tri-City News.

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More Tri-City News local stories:  Mary Anne Cooper documentary, mud flats rescue, city celebration funding, Queen’s Plaza

More Tri-City News local stories:  Mary Anne Cooper documentary, mud flats rescue, city celebration funding, Queen’s Plaza

Photo from Tri-City News, see link below for story

Do it Mary Anne Cooper’s way if you want to live to 104, April 4, 2019
A documentary is underway about one of Port Moody’s very special residents (and Freedom of the City recipient).

“For Cooper, working on projects is key to a long life.

Her most recent project, seeing the Ioco Townsite brought to life as a community, sport and cultural centre, is something she dearly wishes to see over the next few years as PoMo council wrangles over the future of the area.”

“To find out more about the documentary, a website has been set up and a fundraising dinner planned Saturday, April 27 at The Club, 101 Noons Creek Dr., Port Moody. (Tickets, $104 with a $60 tax receipt) can be purchased at the finance counter at Port Moody city hall).

There is also a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the project.”

[Full story at title link above.]

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Girls stuck in muck in Port Moody prompts warning, April 5, 2019
“They were pretty muddy,” but unhurt, Coulson said.

However, it could have been worse, the mud is not sand but organic material that can suck people in like quicksand and put them in danger, especially if the tide comes in and the water becomes deep.”

[Full story at title link above.]

Mayor’s summer celebration in Port Moody could be axed, April 5, 2019

“Jain said cutting the mayor’s celebration will also save Port Moody about $5,000 from its annual budget of more than $125,000 for city events. That money could then be put towards the community fair to make it bigger and better.”

[Full story at title link above.]

New life for barren Port Moody plaza?, April 3, 2019
“At its meeting March 26, Port Moody council gave its assent for the city’s arts and culture committee, which Royer chairs, to spend $3,500 of its budget to make that vision happen — ideally in time for this summer, she said.

Aside from a brief period when a farmers’ market alighted there, Royer said the plaza in the heart of Port Moody’s historic downtown on Clarke Street has never really lived up to its potential.”

[Full story at title link above.]

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March 26, 2019 council meetings, incl. Queen’s Plaza placemaking, Clarke Street revitalization, more

March 26, 2019 council meetings, incl. Queen’s Plaza placemaking, Clarke Street revitalization, more

Committee of the Whole (COTW) council meeting starts at 6:30 pm, council chambers (live-streamed). Complete agenda can be accessed from city webpages here or here.

Regular council meeting starts at 7:00 pm, council chambers (live-streamed). Complete agenda can be accessed from city webpages here or here.

Please note public input is allowed, in-person at meetings and/or by written submission to council@portmoody.ca and/or clerks@portmoody.ca. Written submissions are not currently recorded in the official minutes.

COTW table of contents, 6:30 pm, March 26, 2019

Regular council meeting table of contents, 7:00 pm, March 26, 2019

For more, click on links provided above.

Related:
Sleeping in your boat overnight without a permit could soon cost you in Port Moody, Tri-City News, March 22, 2019

The Moody Centre Community Association welcomes your comments.

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Around town, photos

Around town, photos

Rocky Point pier, high tide

 

Narrow lots applications (RS1-S), trending

 

Redevelopment, St Andrews United Church partnership, 2300 block St Johns

 

Clarke Street/Elgin, 2300 block Clarke, multi-family housing

 

Bold townhomes in progress (Clarke/Elgin/St Johns)

 

North side of Clarke Street, same area as Bold. Colourful fence wrap is gone.

 

Marcon George (St George Street east of Williams to Buller Street)

 

Related:
City list of development applications and updates here.

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March 19, 2019 council meetings, incl. budget presentation (financial plan/budget/taxes), development cost charges, more

March 19, 2019 council meetings, incl. budget presentation (financial plan/budget/taxes), development cost charges, more

Finance Committee meeting starts at 6:00 pm, council chambers (live-streamed).
Complete agenda can be accessed from city webpages here or here.
Please see below for more.

Committee of the Whole (COTW) council meeting starts at 8:00 pm, also in council chambers (live-streamed). Complete agenda can be accessed from city webpages here or here.

Please note public input is allowed, in-person at meetings and/or by written submission to council@portmoody.ca and/or clerks@portmoody.ca. Written submissions are not currently recorded in the official minutes.

COTW table of contents, 8:00 pm, March 19, 2019

Previous post related to Item 6.2 above:
Port Moody subsidizing development costs; plans to update fees

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Finance meeting table of contents, 6:00 pm, March 19, 2019

Budget and tax information from city website (and links for further information):

Proposed tax summary, based on “average” dwelling unit valued at $1,006,000 (a higher-valued household will have a higher increase).

  • 2019 proposed tax increase of 5.55% = $124 to the average household. This is approximately $10.33/month or $2.38/week.
  • 2019 utility increase of 4.18% = $50 to the average single-family household. This is approximately $4.17/month or $0.96/week.

Council receives report on 2019 Budget Consultation on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

City staff will present a report, Public Consultation Results for the 2019 Financial Plan (Item 4.4), at a March 19 Finance Committee Meeting. The meeting starts at 6pm in Council Chambers, 100 Newport Drive or you can watch the Finance Committee meeting live.

“Budget Consultation Results
We’d like to thank all Port Moody residents and business owners/operators who took the time to submit a feedback form. View the consultation summary and read all comments submitted.”

For more, click on links provided above.

Of interest:
BC Municipalities Property Tax Calculator, by Savii Financial Concepts. Note: numbers are for last year, January 2018, and not updated for 2019.

The Moody Centre Community Association welcomes your comments.

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