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!

New, June 2017: MCCA Facebook

Upcoming:

Ongoing through summer, at Rocky Point Park, 2:00 pm: Summer Sunday Concerts. More information here.

July 21-23, 2017: RibFest, at Rocky Point Park. More information here.

Tues., July 25, 2017, 7:00 pm, at City Hall: Public hearing; Flavelle Oceanfront OCP amendment. Material can be accessed here or here. Comments to the city can be sent by email no later than noon on July 25 to clerks@portmoody.ca, and/or comment in person at the public hearing. More information available on this site; scroll or use the search bar. Recent post below: Flavelle Public Hearing (“Oceanfront”)

Tues., July 25, 2017, following 7:00 pm public hearing, at City Hall: Council Meeting. Material can be accessed here or here.

Wed., July 26, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm: Community Information Meeting for Wooodbridge Properties proposal for a 6 storey, purpose built rental residential project containing 142 units with underground parking at 3131-3137 St. Johns Street (west of Dairy Queen). Meeting will be held at Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street. More details to follow when available.

Friday, July 28, 2017, 1:00-8:00 pm: Mayor’s Summertime Celebration. Behind civic complex, 300 Ioco Road. Free. Entertainment and activities, hotdogs (until 4:00 pm or while supplies last), CP Canada 150 train (after 5:00 pm), and more. Visit city webpage for more information here.

Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 12 noon-7:00 pm: Car-free Day on St. Johns Street between Douglas and Moody cross-streets. Entertainment and activities, food, beer garden, and more. Visit city webpage for more information here.

Sat., Sept. 30, 2017: By-election to elect new Port Moody councillor (to fill spot vacated by Rick Glumac who is now our local provincial MLA.

See the city calendar link from city home web-page for more events.

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

Starting in September 2017, Port Moody Council will seek feedback from a Citizen Advisory Group on a variety of topics, from budgets and master plans to new City projects and community development. All Port Moody residents are eligible to join – youth, seniors, and everyone in between. Members will be required to attend a minimum of two meetings per year. For more information, click here (city webpage).

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Handy links:
Council meeting video recordings (since September 2012)
2017 Council Agendas and Minutes
Committee Agendas and Minutes, multiple years (links)
Council Agendas and Minutes, multiple years (links)
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

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Flavelle Public Hearing (“Oceanfront”)

Flavelle Public Hearing (“Oceanfront”)

July 25, 2017, 7:00 pm, City Hall

Public input can be provided in writing (clerks@portmoody.ca) no later than noon of the day of the hearing and/or in person at the public hearing.

Image immediately below is from agenda materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The complete agenda material is available here or here. We encourage review of the document in whole. Please note the material does not include any public input received after the January 2017 open house. Public input from the February Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) is not included, nor is comment received after that date. We are told there will be “on-table” materials including public input that was not included in the agenda package. This is disappointing as it does not allow interested parties time to review these comments in advance.

Comments from both public and official materials note both positives and negatives associated with the proposal.

Below are some agenda excerpts.

Summary of positives and negatives from pages 31-32 of the 80 page agenda:

Positives
“In summary, the elements of the proposed plan mentioned most frequently as liked included:

¦ Improved public access to the waterfront;

¦ The park space;

¦ The trail network;

¦ Bringing more businesses and jobs to Port Moody;

¦ Adding more housing to Port Moody;

¦ The mix of uses;

¦ Shopping opportunities;

¦ The barge basin; and

¦ The plaza.”

Negatives
“In summary, the elements of the proposed plan mentioned most frequently as of concern included:

¦ The density of the development;

¦ The height of the towers;

¦ The number of towers;

¦ The traffic impacts;

¦ The population and other community impacts;

¦ Insufficient park space; and

¦ Rising sea levels/geotechnical conditions.” [See city OCP map, Hazardous Lands.]

Excerpt from page 19 of the 80 page agenda:

“Executive Summary

Flavelle Oceanfront Development (Flavelle), the owner of the waterfront mill property located at 2450 Columbia Street, has applied to amend the OCP to redesignate the 11.9ha (29.Sac) site1 that it owns from “General Industrial – Special Study Area” to “Mixed-Use Oceanfront District” to allow the redevelopment of the lands to a high-density mixed-use neighbourhood (see Attachment 1 for location map).

The plan put forward by Flavelle proposes 3,397 residential units and a mix of other uses including light industrial, commercial, office, private indoor amenity space, and possibly a congregate care facility and a hotel (see Attachment 2). Approximately 3.1 ha (7.53ac) of the site is proposed to be publicly dedicated as parks and open space, which is 25% of the site area currently owned by Flavelle.”

From page 5 of the 80 page agenda material

“2. Amendment

2.1 Chapter 4 of Schedule A of City of Port Moody Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2014, No. 2955 is amended by adding the following as section 4.1.4 and renumbering subsequent sections accordingly:

“4.1.4 MIXED USE – OCEANFRONT DISTRICT – The Mixed Use – Oceanfront District designation applies to the development of a mix of residential, commercial, light industrial, institutional, and public open space uses on the waterfront site currently occupied by the Mill and Timber sawmill.”

2.2 Chapter 8, section 8.9.2 of Schedule A of Bylaw No. 2955 is amended by adding the following new subsection:

“(e) High-Density Multi-Family Form: High Rise (up to 38 storeys)

This designation is limited to the Oceanfront District and provides for high density residential development predominantly in the form of apartment buildings. Building heights are limited to 38 storeys.”

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At the June 27, 2017 regular council meeting, staff’s recommendation was to lower the density requested by Flavelle, but council voted to keep Flavelle’s request on the table.

Page 24 of agenda material:

“Staff believe that this scaling back in density should be on the residential side and not at the expense of the employment generating floor space since creating intensive employment generating activities is one of the key themes of the OCP vision for the site. Staff, therefore, believe that the number of residential units at the Flavelle site should be reduced from Flavelle’s proposed, 3,397 to a maximum of 3,000, which would yield a UPA of 102. Even with this reduced density, it can only be accommodated by most, if not all, of the residential building forms on the site being high-rise.”

On the same page, staff note that the amount of employment generated is dependent somewhat on unknown future demand:

“Flavelle is proposing that the hotel and congregate care facility only be labelled as “potential” uses in the plan because of uncertainty over market demand. These two uses together account for 16,815m2 (181,000ft2) of the employment generating floor space, and 144 of the jobs.

With respect to the office building, which is 9,197m2 (99,000ft2) of the employment generating floorspace, Flavelle’s commercial market consultants concluded that the demand for this building is likely limited, which calls into question whether it will eventually be constructed. This office space accounts for 375 of the jobs on the site.

If the hotel, congregate care facility, and office are ultimately not built due to lack of demand, the amount of employment generating floor space on the site will drop by 62% to only 16,257m2 (175,000ft2) and employment on the site will drop by 46% to only 611 jobs.”

There are quite a few “unknowns” due to uncertainty over future market conditions.

This is a very significant proposal and MCCA encourages residents to consider the plans and provide input to council. MCCA also welcomes your comments.

There are many related posts on this site including:
Flavelle proposal to Community Planning Advisory Committee (formerly Land Use Committee) — Feb. 7, 2017
Flavelle open house update (January 2017)
Flavelle Oceanfront Development — open house, part two (December 2015)
Flavelle/Mill and Timber development plans — update June 29, 2015

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Please note, on the regular council agenda following the public hearing council may vote to pass 3rd reading of the Flavelle OCP bylaw amendment. Fourth reading follows at a later date and is largely a formality.

Following the public hearing, the regular council agenda, also available here or here contains more items for discussion, including “Zoning Bylaw Amendment to add RS1-S Zone for Small Lot Subdivisions – Adoption.”

General interest:
Port Moody mania: population could increase by up to 15,000
The Tri-City braces for massive housing developments as industry exits and SkyTrain arrives
Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, June 22, 2017

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Another gigantic agenda (financial report, Andres, Flavelle, Ioco, and more); Marcon open house, busy weeks ahead

Another gigantic agenda (financial report, Andres, Flavelle, Ioco, and more); Marcon open house, busy weeks ahead

Residents, please note it appears that there will be a lot of activity during a time when many are planning or enjoying holidays, activity including big items on agendas and public hearings. It can be difficult at the best of times to keep on top of what’s going on in our city in terms of the numerous proposals and projects that can affect our city profoundly. This is a long post trying to summarize 100s of pages of information, and won’t capture everything.

For any of you who may have questioned the city’s OCP population growth projections, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the Ioco item below. Also, note that the projections for Moody Centre TOD alone are roughly 10% of Port Moody’s current population. Flavelle is more than double that (the two combined equal almost 1/3), and so on.

There is additional information on this MCCA site on many of the items mentioned —just scroll or use the search bar.

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, council will discuss some major land areas and development proposals, including Andres (Westport), Flavelle Oceanfront, and the Ioco lands. See below for more information on the agenda, complete agenda information online from city website here or here.

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, development company Marcon is hosting a public open house to present concepts for 252 new residential units on St. George St. west of Williams. See post below for more. On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) will review material from Marcon re the St. George Street proposal.

At its last regular council meeting on June 13, 2017, council defeated Councillor Glumac’s motion for an action plan to acquire parkland given the continuing population growth in the city. See post below. (And best wishes to Rick Glumac on his new role as MLA. Thanks for your work on behalf of Port Moody as councillor.)

At the same meeting on June 13, council agreed to bypass its own procedural rules to reduce public input on the Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development. See post below (the Tri-City News has published on this topic, and links are included).

Prior to the June 13 regular council meeting, there was a public hearing for two development proposals in Moody Centre: (1) 2313-2315 St. Johns Street; and (2) Bold Properties, Clarke and St. Johns Streets, west Moody Centre. At an upcoming meeting, the 4th and final reading will be held for both. More information in posts below, scroll or click on highlighted links above.

On the upcoming long Canada Day weekend, Golden Spike Days will be held at Rocky Point Park, and the city is hosting activities on July 1. See the top of this site for information links.
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Below is a sampling of items on the June 27th agenda (500+ pages, available online here or here). Please note that buried in the information below it may be easy to miss the recommendation for the Flavelle Oceanfront proposal to go to public hearing on July 25, 2017.

PoMo Annual Report (item 3.3), recommended reading (sample graph below)

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Bylaw amendment to prohibit outdoor burning (item 7.1)
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Ioco Townsite Development (item 9.1)

“Recommendations:
THAT staff be directed to draft an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment that removes the special study area designation from the OCP as it relates to the Ioco Townsite and accompanying lands, identifying only the industrial lands for special study as recommended in the report dated June 14, 2017 from Councillor Meghan Lahti regarding Ioco Townsite Development;

AND THAT staff be directed to draft policies which reflect a view to prioritize density in the Inlet Centre and Transit Oriented Development Areas;

AND THAT staff communicate to the current land owner of the Ioco Townsite and accompanying lands that the City prefers to limit development in this area to the current zoning – Heritage Conservation and Single Family.”

“Discussion
The City of Port Moody has been experiencing an extraordinary surge of development applications, so much so that, if Council were to approve all of the applications that have been submitted to date, we would double the projected population increase established in our Official Community Plan (OCP) and our Regional Context Statements related to growth. This estimate does not include the potential growth being considered in the two Special Study Areas (SSA) located in Moody Centre on the Flavelle and Andres Wine sites. In addition to applications that are in line with the OCP, there are a number of applications for OCP amendments that propose increased density in areas that do not meet the City’s long-term strategic vision regarding concentration of growth.”

The above is just the first paragraph from the memo from Councillor Lahti. For more, see the council agenda online.

NOTE: Landowner Brilliant Circle Group (BCG) has been hosting public meetings in June to discuss ideas and concepts.

What is the population envisioned for this area? By the city? By the landowner?
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Flavelle Oceanfront Development’s Official Community Plan Amendment (item 9.2)

“Recommendations:
THAT City of Port Moody Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2014, No. 2955, Amendment Bylaw No. 7, 2017, No. 3087 (Flavelle) be read a first time as recommended in the report dated June 16, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Flavelle Oceanfront Development’s Official Community Plan Amendment.

THAT Bylaw No. 3087 be read a second time;

AND THAT Bylaw No. 3087 be referred to a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at City Hall, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody.”
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Westport Village Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application – Status Update (item 9.6)

“Recommendations:
THAT section 6.2.7 of the Metro 2040 Regional Growth Strategy be enacted to exempt the Westport Village application from the Regional Growth Strategy amendment process as recommended in the report dated June 16, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Westport Village Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application – Status Update;

AND THAT staff negotiate the sale of the unopened portion of Vintner Street on the basis that the proposed floor area and land uses are distributed as if the unopened road were a portion of the site for density calculation purposes;

AND THAT the applicant be directed to provide the detailed studies required in support of the OCP amendment and rezoning application as outlined in the report dated June 16, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Westport Village Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application – Status Update.”
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Multi-Family Residential Parking Restrictions (item 9.8)

“Recommendations:
THAT a system of vehicle identification be instituted to exempt residents of multi-family housing developments from the restrictions otherwise imposed on non-residents for street parking adjacent to their homes as recommended in the report dated June 19, 2017 from Mayor Mike Clay regarding Multi-Family Residential Parking Restrictions;

AND THAT the system be based on registration of one vehicle per residential address;

AND THAT parking stickers or tags be issued to identify registered vehicles;

AND THAT the cost of implementing the identification system be recovered through annual registration and user fees.”
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The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments.

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Council ditches pesky council-approved procedures: Moody Centre TOD

Council ditches pesky council-approved procedures: Moody Centre TOD
Public input curbed on massive development concept

 

Why? Was the outcome pre-determined?

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, council (4:2) deemed it unnecessary to send the Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development (MC TOD) plan for review by the Community Planning Advisory Board (CPAC), despite that step listed as a requirement in council’s own established procedures.

Is public input valued? Is there any point to having established procedures? Is there any point to volunteering on civic committees if the input can be disregarded or, worse, deemed unnecessary or inconvenient for decision-making?

Does the OCP have any meaningful value? It can be amended as council sees fit, which may entail curbing public input as happened on Tuesday, June 13th. On the other hand, if residents object to a proposal that falls outside of the OCP parameters, they might be chided as unreasonable, ignorant of the facts, NIMBY, or other pejoratives.

Councillor Lahti motioned to change the preferred scenario from B to A, meaning no 40-storey towers, but more 26-storey towers (4×12 storey, 9×26 storey). A few councillors questioned skipping sending this matter to CPAC for review, but in the end all but two (Glumac, Vagramov) agreed to do it anyway.

The meeting can be viewed online by selecting the June 13 video link from 2017 Minutes & Agendas. The item is 9.2. As well, there are some thoughtful comments on this topic in the public input part of the meeting, primarily at the beginning and the end (item 2).

The city’s Moody Centre TOD webpage (with links to more information) is here.

There is much more information on this site, the most recent post being:
Monster council agenda, June 13, 2017: development, parks, more

Also, see Tri-City News story, Moody Centre to become an urban centre,
TCN opinion: Letter: Developers have their eye on little Port Moody, June 22, 2017, and
Editorial: Are you ready for more people in Port Moody?

For reference, below are excerpts from council’s own procedures relevant to the above discussion.

PROCEDURES FOR PROCESSING OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN ZONING BYLAW, AND LAND USE CONTRACT AMENDMENT APPLICATIONS

6.1 Review

6.1.1 Depending on the particulars of the Application, it may be referred to other City staff and applicable external agencies by the Director of Development Services or designate for review and comments.

6.1.2 Under the direction of the Director of Development Services or designate, staff shall prepare a report for submission to the Community Planning Advisory Committee for review prior to consideration of Council.

6.1.3 Under the direction of the Director of Development Services or designate, staff shall prepare a report to Council advising on the merits of the Application and include the Community Planning Advisory Committee’s recommendation.
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Consultation Regarding OCP amendments

6.3.1 Pursuant to s. 154(1)(b) of the Community Charter, Council delegates to the Director of Development Services, the duty to consider and provide, if necessary, early and ongoing consultation with persons, organizations and authorities.

6.3.2 Prior to proceeding to Community Planning Advisory Committee with the proposed Bylaw Amendment, the applicant may be required to conduct one or more community information meetings on the Application preferably within the same neighbourhood as the proposed Application, if required by the Director of Development Services in accordance with approved guidelines for community information meetings.

Notification

6.4.1 The applicant shall post a notice on the subject land(s):

(a) not less than ten (10) days of proceeding to the Community Planning Advisory Committee;

(b) not less than ten (10) days prior to the public hearing, include the meeting information with respect to the public hearing on the posted notice;

(c) in a manner that is highly visible from a public road adjoining the land;

(d) in accordance with the size, form and content specified in Schedule “A” to this bylaw;

(e) where more than one parcel of land is involved in the Application and the parcels are contiguous, a single notice may be posted providing that it clearly shows all the parcels of land that form part of the Application and specifies how each is affected by the Application.

6.4.2 Not less than ten (10) days prior to the application proceeding to Community Planning Advisory Committee, the City shall mail or otherwise deliver notice of the Community Planning Advisory Committee meeting.

6.4.3 Notice of public hearing shall be published and mailed or otherwise delivered in accordance with the Local Government Act.
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NOTIFICATION AREAS

11.1 For the purposes of providing notice as required of applications for a bylaw amendment or issuance of a permit under this bylaw, the notification area shall be to all owners and tenants in occupation of each parcel of land which is the subject of the proposed bylaw and to all registered owners of property and tenants in occupation of property within one hundred and forty (140) metres (459.3 ft) of the perimeter boundary of the parcel.

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Community Information Meeting, 252 new residential units on St. George Street east of Williams (Marcon)

Community Information Meeting, 252 new residential units on St. George Street east of Williams (Marcon)
Invitation from Marcon below
Marcon St. George (GP)Ltd. invites you to a Community Information Meeting to discuss the future of 3010-3042, 3009-3029 and 3037-3113 St. George Street.

Marcon is pleased to present a proposal (Application File No. 6700-20-140) for multi-family housing in the transit-oriented district of Moody Centre. The proposal is to rezone from RS1 and RT1 to a CD zoning, to allow for 73 3-storey, family-oriented townhomes, and a 6-storey residential building with 179 homes. The proposal also includes an amendment to the Official Community Plan to allow for a variation in height and stream setbacks. This proposal will also include the restoration of Dallas Creek as well as a partnership with Simon Fraser Society for Community Living.

Please join us, your comments and feedback are welcome.

Meeting Details:
For more information please contact:
Tim Schmitt: tschmitt@marcon.ca
Marcon St. George (GP) Ltd.
Time: 6:00pm –8:00pm (drop-in)
Venue: Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade St, Port Moody

Flyer at link below:
2017-06-28-[Marcon St.George] Community Information Meeting Notification
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The above area is primarily single-family-homes at present. The OCP identifies rezoning potential for low-rise multi-family residential up to 3 storeys.

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Monster council agenda, June 13, 2017: development, parks, more

Monster council agenda, June 13, 2017: development, parks, more

Ambitious agenda, with 428 pages, available online here or here.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the items:

  • If forwarded from the earlier public hearing(s), council will discuss passing 3rd readings for rezoning for both items: (1) 2313-2315 St. Johns Street; and (2) Bold Properties, Clarke and St. Johns Streets, west Moody Centre.
  • David Avenue Extension – Review of Potential Alternative Routes [Bert Flinn Park]
  • Development Permit, Suncor Energy, 9995 Barnet Highway
  • Coronation Park Neighbourhood Plan Financing Strategy
  • Consultation on “Monster Homes” in Glenayre

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In addition to the above …

Parkland Acquisition Strategy

“Recommended Resolution: THAT the City of Port Moody develop a parkland acquisition strategy which includes an implementation plan and timeline for the acquisition and expansion of new parkland, trails, and pathway systems relative to population growth in Port Moody. […]

Moody Centre has no Community Parks and very small, substandard Neighbourhood Parks; […]

The residents of Port Moody place a high value in their parks and trails. In 2016, Port Moody conducted a citizen satisfaction survey which showed a high satisfaction rating with current parks, trails, and other green space. However, residents would like the City leaders to continue to keep parks high on their list of priorities.

When asked, “What is the most important issue facing your community that is the one issue you feel should receive the greatest attention from your local leaders?” Parks/Recreation/Culture was the third most important issue on people’s minds after Transportation and Growth/Development.”

Update: Council defeats motion to prioritize this item, citing it as unnecessary and that the Master Parks and Recreation Plan covers the matter sufficiently. The vote was 4:2, with councillors Glumac and Vagramov arguing unsuccessfully that this prioritization was necessary given the rapidly increasing number of development proposals and applications.

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Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Area Plan — Recommended Land Use Concept

“Recommended Resolutions

THAT the Recommended Land Use Concept for the Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Area be endorsed as recommended in the report dated June 6, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division.
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AND THAT staff prepare an Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Bylaw, which will include land use designations, policies, and Development Permit Area Guidelines, for Council consideration;

AND THAT the requirement […] to prepare a report for submission to the Community Planning Advisory Committee prior to consideration by Council be waived for this OCP Amendment

This recommended concept represents a massive change to the area.

Should any steps be waived? Should a town hall be included?

Update, shadow imaging sent by a Moody Centre resident.

Link below contains short video clips for different times of the year:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9jBLNHESAZFeWt1dGhhc0VmaFU?usp=sharing
If you have trouble with the link, copy and paste into your browser, then press enter.

Update: Council agrees to waive requirement to send matter to Community Planning Advisory Board (CPAC). The vote was 4:2, with councillors Glumac and Vagramov against skipping the standard council-approved CPAC step.

Related on this site:
Port Moody planning updates — progress?
Port Moody and Moody Centre growth and speculation: sections vs. overall picture
Moody Centre TOD planning — Open House #2, March 1, 2017
Moody Centre TOD plan: Changing concepts and visions … ?

Of general interest:
Major developments loom on Port Moody horizon
City eyed for massive residential projects as industry exits, SkyTrain arrives
By Frank O’Brien | June 7, 2017
Business in Vancouver (BIV)

“The exit of major employers and the arrival of transit is leading to a big transformation of tiny Port Moody, once a multi-company town heavy with industry and now a waterfront link in the SkyTrain Evergreen Line extension.
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As of last week, the city was handling 30 development applications – 23 of them in Moody Centre, which is fronted by the Evergreen extension and is the focus of the city’s bid to encourage narrower housing lots. Most development applications are requests to rezone for higher-density residential.”

Click on title link above for full article.
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The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) encourages people to review the agenda material for more complete information. We welcome your comments.

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June 13, 2017 Public Hearing, Item 2: Bold Properties, Clarke and St. Johns Streets, west Moody Centre

June 13, 2017 Public Hearing, Item 2: Bold Properties, Clarke and St. Johns Streets, west Moody Centre

“Bold Properties (West Port) GP Inc. has submitted a Rezoning Application for the properties located between 2124-2130 St. Johns Street and 2127-2131 Clarke Street. The application proposes a townhouse development comprising 38 units in eight separate buildings.”

The site is currently 6 single family homes.

The developer has proposed to make a financial contribution to the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund based on $2/ft2 of gross residential floor area. The contribution would amount to $114,408. The developer also proposes $20,000 to the City’s Public Art Reserve Fund.

For complete information, review the public hearing agenda available online here or here. Comments can be submitted in writing by noon on June 13, 2017 to clerks@portmoody.ca; you can also comment in person at the public hearing.

This item was on council’s recent agenda of May 23, 2017, and further additional information including public input can be reviewed from the April 4, 2017 Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) material at this link: 2017 Committee Agendas & Minutes.

Update: Approved for third reading (unanimous). Fourth and final reading to follow at upcoming meeting. Staff to look into ability to establish a covenanted green buffer zone between new development and neighbours to the west.

Related on this site:
Port Moody planning updates — progress? (April 8, 2017)
Bold Properties — Community Information Meeting (38 townhomes) (March 16, 2017)

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June 13, 2017 Public Hearing, Item 1: 2313-2315 St. Johns Street

June 13, 2017 Public Hearing, Item 1: 2313-2315 St. Johns Street

Proposal was defeated January 12, 2016, and is back with revisions.

Excerpts from June 13, 2017 agenda:
“At the Public Hearing, a number of residents spoke in opposition to the project for a variety of reasons, including concerns with the impacts on views, the number of units being proposed, the narrowness of St. Andrews Street, street parking and the impacts on existing driveway accesses on St. Andrews Street, and the number of tandem parking spaces and visitor spaces being proposed.
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“The property at 2313-2315 St. Johns Street, which is designated Multi-Family Residential in the OCR, consists of three one-family residential (RS1) zoned lots that previously had two single detached dwellings on them.
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Project Revision
Following Council’s decision to defeat third reading of Bylaw No. 2982, the proponent reviewed the proposed project with a view to addressing the concerns raised at the Public Hearing.

Based on that review, the proponent has made a number of changes to the project, including:

  • The reduction of the number of storeys proposed for Buildings 1 and 2 which front St. Johns Street, so that they are a maximum of three storeys, in conformity with the maximum height as set out in the OCP. As a result, an OCP amendment is no longer required. The maximum heights for the three proposed buildings are as follows

o Building 1 reduced from 13.5m to 10.5m;

o Building 2 reduced from 11.7m to 10.5m; and

o Building 3 fronting St. Andrews Street remains at a maximum height of 10.5m;

  • A reduction in the number of proposed townhouse units from 17 to 15 units;
  • A reduction in the number of units in which tandem parking spaces are proposed. Nine of 15 units are proposed with tandem spaces, compared to 13 of 17 units previously;

and

  • An increase in the number of visitor spaces on-site from three to four spaces, one space more than required by the Zoning Bylaw.

For complete information, review the public hearing agenda available online here or here. Comments can be submitted in writing by noon on June 13, 2017 to clerks@portmoody.ca; you can also comment in person at the public hearing.

Update: Approved for third reading (unanimous). Fourth and final reading to follow at upcoming meeting.

Related on this site:
2016-01-12: Public hearing (17 townhomes), and regular council meeting
OCP and zoning amendments: 17 townhouses, 2300 block St. Johns Street (Nov. 2015)

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