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).

June 2017: MCCA Facebook

Upcoming:

Tues., Jan. 22, 2019, 5:00 pm at City Hall:  Council Committee of the Whole Meeting.  Materials available here or here. (Brovold Room, not live-streamed)

Tues., Jan. 22, 2019, 7:00 pm at City Hall:  Council Meeting.  Materials available here or here. (live-streamed)

Tues., Jan. 29, 2019, 7:00 pm at City Hall:  Budget Townhall.  City webpage here. (live-streamed)

—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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January 22, 2019 council meetings, agenda items

January 22, 2019 council meetings, agenda items

Full agenda material for the January 22, 2019 council meetings can be accessed from city webpages here or here.  Public input is allowed, in-person at meetings and/or by written submission to clerks@portmoody.ca. Please note written submissions are not currently recorded in the official minutes.

The special council meeting (Committee of the Whole) starts at 5:00 pm in the Brovold Room at City Hall (not live-streamed).

The COTW agenda table of contents is below.

The regular council meeting starts at 7:00 pm, Inlet Theatre Council Chambers (live-streamed).

Table of contents for regular council meeting, January 22, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some items are missing from the above list, including Items 5.1 and 7.1.

Item 5.1 — Finance Committee Resolutions for Ratification (contains several items)
The part that may be of most interest to the general public is FC19/011:  THAT a draft proposed net budget increase of $2,259,859 (estimated as a tax rate increase of 5.55%) be used for the Public Budget Consultation on January 29, 2019.  Note, the original starting point for discussions was a tax increase of 7.36%, so it’s been pared down by close to 2%.

Item 7.1 — Community Member Appointments to 2019 Select and Statutory Committees (postponed from January 8th)

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments.

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Budget Town Hall — January 29, 2019

Budget Town Hall — January 29, 2019

Image below from city webpage, live links at city webpage here.

As noted in the council agenda for January 22, 2019,  Item 5.1 — Finance Committee Resolutions for Ratification (contains several items), the part that may be of most interest to the general public is FC19/011:

THAT a draft proposed net budget increase of $2,259,859 (estimated as a tax rate increase of 5.55%) be used for the Public Budget Consultation on January 29, 2019.

Related (tax) media story all property owners should be aware of:
All homeowners in Speculation and Vacancy Tax regions must complete declaration
Every homeowner in affected areas will get declaration letters between January 18 and February 28, and must apply for exemption or pay up
Joannah Connolly / Glacier Media Real Estate, January 17, 2019

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments.

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St Johns Street retail changes

St Johns Street retail changes

 

As usual, a lot is happening in Moody Centre. This past week, we became aware of changes for three retail stores on St Johns Street.

The Share Family and Community Services thrift store at St Johns and Queen streets is planning to cease retail operations due to financial pressures. This will be sad news for many as the store has operated for more than 30 years.
Share shutters thrift store after decades of service, Tri-City News, January 17, 2019

Owners of local award-winning business (retail store) Pinball Alley Vintage are hoping for a buyer before the family moves to Spain in a year or so.
Pinball Alley owners hope shop won’t go tilt after sale, Tri-City News, January 19, 2019

Aroy Thai Kitchen, located in the 2800 block plaza on the north side of St Johns, will be relocating. The plaza ownership has changed hands and this may have affected lease terms and rates. The popular cafe Nicolelinas left the plaza more than one year ago. Appears Curves is closing/closed as well, maybe others …

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St George traffic jam, Marcon George construction

St George traffic jam, Marcon George construction

St George Street, closed from Williams Street to Buller, has been a hive of activity for many months now with construction of townhomes and planned 6-storey condos (Marcon George).

On Friday, Jan. 18th, it seemed especially busy with landscaping prep for Dallas Creek prior to showcasing the creek the following day. Images below from 2900 block St George (used as access route to construction site).

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Jan 8, 2019: Council meeting agenda, following Finance Committee

Jan 8, 2019: Council meeting agenda, following Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meeting starts at 5:00 pm (not live-streamed). The agenda can be accessed from city webpage here.

There are a number of items on the agenda. Use link above for full information.

Item 4.5 is the draft 2019-2023 Five-Year Financial Plan, excerpt below.

Purpose / Introduction

To introduce the draft 2019-2023 Five-Year Financial Plan, inclusive of proposed new service requests, for deliberation by the Committee. The introduction of the operating plan is the preliminary step in the budget deliberation process to derive a proposed tax increase to be presented at the January 30, 2018 Public Budget Consultation.

Recommended Resolution

THAT a draft proposed budget increase of $2,997,500 (estimated as a tax rate increase of 7.36%) be used for the Public Budget Consultation on January 29, 2019 as recommended in the report dated December 20, 2018 from the Finance and Technology Department – Financial Services Division regarding Draft 2019-2023 Five-Year Financial Plan.”

NB: Note this is a preliminary discussion.

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Regular council meeting

The council meeting starts at 7:00 pm, Inlet Theatre Council Chambers (live-streamed).

Full agenda material for the January 8, 2019 council meeting can be accessed from city webpages here or here.  Public input is allowed, in-person at meetings and/or by written submission to clerks@portmoody.ca. Please note written submissions are not currently recorded in the official minutes.

Council meeting, table of contents, for January 8, 2019

The above is missing items 7.1 and 7.2, under Legislative Matters. They are:

7.1 Community Member Appointments to 2019 Select and Statutory Committees
7.2 Council Representative Appointment to Port Moody Heritage Society

See city weblink above for more information.

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments.

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BC Assessments — 2019 (valuation from July 1, 2018)

BC Assessments — 2019 (valuation from July 1, 2018)

BC Assessment has released its latest property/home valuations. The valuations are based on a six month lag (July 1, 2018).

In Tri-City News article Home sales plummet in the Tri-Cities (see link below), it’s reported than since the valuations, prices have decreased.

BC Assessment reports that Port Moody’s average residential increase is 8%.

However, there are some wild fluctuations from the average.

For example, in Moody Centre the traditionally RS1 area on St George Street — from Buller on the east to Moody Street on the west — is experiencing much higher valuations based on “potential” use, due in part to the city’s OCP and zoning bylaw changes which allow for rezoning applications for multi-family units. In one case the valuation jumped by 100%; in many cases the increases are 80% or more, and the primary reason appears to be the spike in assessed land value (and developers influence this value depending on what they pay for a lot).

Some homeowners can seek valuation based on “actual” use; e.g., if they’ve owned and occupied for 10 or more years.

For owner-occupiers of less than 10 years, or rental units, the owners can file an appeal and hope they can make a good case for an adjustment.

These valuation increases could produce extremely high tax bills.  The more they diverge from the average of 8% the steeper the potential tax hike. (The city is looking at a draft budget proposing a 7.36% tax hike; this represents early discussions and the number is a starting point.)

Below is information for a home on St George Street west of Moody Street, where the homeowner-occupier has valuation based on “actual” use. On the right-hand graph, the purple and yellow lines (property % change, and jurisdiction % change) are both in a downward direction from 2017 to 2019.

In the example below, the property is on St George Street east of Moody Street, and the graph information is based on “potential” use. Note the striking difference in valuation, and divergence from the city residential average.

 

Related, on this site:
Property assessments, BC, as of July 1, 2017 (posted January 5, 2018; contains links for earlier years)

Changing neighbourhoods: Demovictions, heritage, and taxes (posted June 2016)

Port Moody City Taxes — more graphs, samples, and information (posted June 2016)

External links:
BC Assessment (home page; includes a lot of information including the form for appeals)

Not happy with your property assessment? Here’s how to appeal it (CBC, Jan. 2, 2019)

Home sales plummet in the Tri-Cities (TCN, Jan. 4, 2019)
Excerpt: “In the last six months, detached homes have seen values fall 7.5% in Coquitlam, 8.1% in Port Coquitlam and 4.3% in Port Moody. Condominium values have also fallen during the same time period, with the benchmark value dropping 6% in Coquitlam, 7.8% in Port Coquitlam and 10.3% in Port Moody.”

2018’s Metro Vancouver home sales lowest in 18 years (TCN, Jan. 3, 2019

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments.

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Vanishing Moody Centre

Vanishing Moody Centre

The Niemela Residence was considered in 2018 for heritage status and relocation to 2214 Clarke Street, but an agreement could not be reached. Considered at council on April 10th and September 25th. It is now demolished.

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