The draft Official Community Plan (OCP) is back before council on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
There will be no opportunity for in-person public input, because this is a Council Committee of the Whole – not a regular council meeting.
On December 10, 2013, most council members appeared to recognize and acknowledge that this plan needs much more work to achieve a reasonable degree of community consensus.
Also on December 10, it was suggested that planning staff work with neighbourhoods to get more input and consensus. That has been lacking since this process began.
However, it is very possible that council may vote to move the plan forward without addressing the many concerns raised by the community.
Mayor Clay has stated the OCP doesn’t guarantee or enable anything to be built, instead calling it a vision document (see https://portmoodycommunity.wordpress.com/in-the-news-2/port-moodys-ocp-is-still-evolving-december-18-2013/).
The reality is that an OCP “vision document” guides the development and future of the city in a very significant way. If a bad development proposal comes forward but is within the guidelines of the OCP, it would be very difficult for the city to say no.
Standard definitions –such as allowable units per acre, floor-space-ratio (FSR), parks and green space per capita – are lacking in this plan (with the exception of the mill site, a special study area). As this plan currently stands, it is a Pandora’s Box of unknown outcomes.
For comparison and context, the estimated population for Klahanie and Newport combined is about 3,300 people – about 2,000 units.
This plan proposes several Evergreen sub-areas to densify in the range of 3,000-4,000 people (see https://portmoodycommunity.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/ocp-backgrounder-fact-sheet-november-18-2013/) – essentially adding about five more Klahanie/Newport densities from the west end of Moody Centre to Inlet Centre.
What will happen at council’s January 7th meeting? Hopefully, agreement to fix the many problems in this plan, and provide the community adequate opportunities for meaningful consultation.
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Poll: Should the OCP (community plan) be passed before the civic election in 2014?
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Happy New Year to all!