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!

New, June 2017: MCCA Facebook

Upcoming:

Ongoing: PCT work, 7 days per week, days and nights, January-May 2017.

Tues., June 20, 2017, 7:00 pm at City Hall: Special Council Meeting (COTW). Material can be accessed here or here.

Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm: Community Information Meeting for Marcon proposal, 3000 block St Johns, at the Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade Street, Port Moody. See post below.

June consultations: Ioco Lands (Brilliant Circle Group), public engagement. Visit iocolands.ca for more information.

June 30-July 3, 2016: Golden Spike Days, Rocky Point Park. Website here. Also, Canada Day celebrations July 1st at the park hosted by Port Moody, more info here.

See the city calendar 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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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. 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 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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Aragon’s “Platform” — affordable housing?

Aragon’s “Platform” — affordable housing?

Complete brochure at link below (PDF)
2017-05_19-Aragon Platform_Brochure

Full PDF document at link below.
2017-06_05_Platform_Price_Sheet-PDF

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Neighbourhood for sale, London Pacific land assembly, Coronation Park, Port Moody

Neighbourhood for sale, London Pacific land assembly, Coronation Park, Port Moody

“Opportunities” (and more details) available from London Pacific’s website.

Many steps and hoops to jump before redevelopment.  Word is “sellers” must still sign off on final agreements.

More information is available on this site (search Coronation Park).

Update: Oddly, there appears to be a discrepancy in the numbers of parcels identified for sale by London Pacific than the total number of homes, easiest to spot in the “Windsor” area. It begs the question of whether the LP marketing is misleading.

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