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. Also, TCN opinion: Letter: Developers have their eye on little Port Moody, June 22, 2017 )
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
6.1.1 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.
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.
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.
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.