Recap – OCP to council Dec. 10, 2013; and Mossom Creek Hatchery burns to ground

Dear residents,

On December 10, 2013 council received the November 2013 draft Official Community Plan (OCP), together with the community feedback received since Nov 4th, 2013 and the proceedings of the November 27 town hall meeting.

Because this was a regular council meeting, public input was allowed at the beginning of the meeting and a few people spoke.

The meeting can be viewed online:
http://portmoodybc.swagit.com/play/12102013-1007

Council agreed to discuss the proposed plan again at a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Council also seemed to be in agreement that much more work needs to be done before the document is finalized.  It is not clear what steps will be taken, but there was a suggestion that city planning staff work to reach out and get more community input, particularly from the most impacted neighbourhoods such as Moody Centre and Coronation Park.

Although a city tweet said previously …
“Stats from folks who gave input at OCP Town Hall: 63.2% in favour of OCP & 36.8% not so much.”
… there is no evidence to support that claim.

In fact, as reported before, verbal and written comments from the community indicate widespread concern about many aspects of the plan.

In the Tri-City News, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, Mayor Mike Clay is quoted saying:
“many of those voicing objections over the OCP are only opposed to a part of the plan that affects them specifically.

“At the last meeting, there was what looked to be an angry mob of 350 people or so here,” Clay said, noting, “A number of people got up and said, ‘I support this plan generally except this aspect of it.”

The fact that 350 or so people in the community came out to the town hall meeting to listen and speak and get involved should perhaps not be characterized as an angry mob.  Many speakers spoke broadly and intelligently about their concerns with the plan – concerns not limited to their own backyards (with a few exceptions).  People also presented ideas for a vibrant, healthy Port Moody – one common theme was how to shape Port Moody’s waterfront in ways that could be positive environmentally and economically.

To review past updates and summaries, news and more, visit MCCA’s website:
https://portmoodycommunity.wordpress.com
If you wish, you can post your own comments at the site.  Depending on where you are on the site, you can “leave a comment” or “leave a reply.”

You can share your vision for Port Moody.  For example if Port Moody’s small town character is important to you, you could comment on what that means to you.  Or comment on any other aspect of your vision of a healthy community, and how you wish to see Port Moody move forward.

When this plan goes back to council for discussion, we hope council is listening and will take the time necessary to form a sound community plan, addressing the many concerns noted.

Below are email contacts for council and city planning.

Council – council@portmoody.ca
Planning – planning@portmoody.ca
OCP  –  ocp@portmoody.ca

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In other major news this week in Port Moody, the Mossom Creek salmon hatchery burned to the ground on Wednesday night, Dec. 11, 2013, a great loss to the community.  Many media outlets carried the story.  Here is one:
‘Vows to rebuild Port Moody’s Mossom Creek hatchery after fire’
http://www.tricitynews.com/news/235594491.html
The cause is unknown.  The plan is to rebuild.  The hatchery is one of the oldest in the Lower Mainland and served as an environmental and educational centre for many, including generations of high school students.  The not-for-profit group is receiving offers of support – the community coming together to help.
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As always, we welcome your comments and input to MCCA.

Please feel free to forward this email.  Talk to your neighbours and friends.

And Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy New Year to all!

Regards,
Hazel Mason, President
Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA)
Respond:  mcca.pm@gmail.com
https://portmoodycommunity.wordpress.com/

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2 Responses to Recap – OCP to council Dec. 10, 2013; and Mossom Creek Hatchery burns to ground

  1. December 10, 2013 – Speaking notes

    Hazel Mason, on behalf of Moody Centre Community Association
    Regarding the OCP …

    After the recent town hall meeting, the city claimed almost two-thirds of the community support this proposed OCP. Where is the evidence to support this claim?

    At the town hall — AND in recent correspondence — AS WELL AS prior community input, it’s abundantly clear a vast majority of people do not approve. Count the speakers opposed … count the letters opposed … IT IS VERY CLEAR. Look at the record turn-out for the town hall. People want to be heard.

    The numbers have appeared dodgy since this process began in 2012.

    SO … to end the confusion – we would like to see the city’s methodology and statistics, including responses by residents and non-residents.

    This council was elected based on promises to be accountable, and to be responsible in handling the pressures that would come from developers with the advent of the Evergreen Line. But within a very short time span, we were gobsmacked!

    People in Port Moody love to call this place home. People who are now anxious and distressed. People who cherish their neighbourhoods and their community. People who want to be heard.

    I look forward to receiving the information requested here – numbers and methodology – AND seeing answers to questions posed by others.

    Please also consider setting the next OCP discussion date back further than January 7th as many people are away on vacation.

    Thank you.

  2. Jacquie Boyer says:

    An angry mob of 350 people? Not what I saw. I saw a large group of mainly Port Moody residents who had genuine concerns and questions regarding the future of a city all care so much about. I heard concrete suggestions and ideas about how we can make our city an even better place. And, yes, I did hear opposition – to ideas that threaten our quality of life. Also heard some support for the plan or, in a few cases, support for aspects of the proposed plan. But what I mainly heard was that we have to have further community discussion and not be in a hurry to put things in place that we might regret a few years down the road.

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