“Port Moodytown” — towers and numbers

What do the OCP numbers mean — and what might they look like?

3D rendering-Merrick Presentation-Sept 10 2013
Looking west (Inlet Centre area in foreground)

Council has agreed to lower Port Moody’s projected population numbers from 59,000 to 50,000, but it is unclear as to how that will affect the draft OCP map or the Evergreen Line sub-areas.

Sub-area pop increases

See OCP backgrounder fact sheet for more.

Numbers — Port Moody’s high rises (all in Inlet Centre area)
The average number of storeys is 26 (the range is 20 to 28).
The average number of units is 169 (the range is 133 to 216).
Towers, Port Moody examples












If  the population increases for the Evergreen line “sub-areas” were all housed in “average” high rises, it would require:

51 total new towers for Moody Centre and Inlet Centre (approximately, assuming averages of 25 storeys each and 338 people per tower).

If the average # of people per unit is calculated at 2, then the average population per building would be 338 people (169 average X 2).

Based on the above numbers, three “average” high rises would provide an additional 1,000 population (approx).

New towers required to meet population targets per sub-area, moving west to east:
11 — Westport
3 — Heritage District
12 — Oceanfront
6 — Murray St Boulevard
9 — Moody Centre TOD
7+ — Inlet Centre TOD

If the high rises were 12-13 storeys, then 102 would be required.  At 6 storeys, more than 200 buildings with the same footprint would be required.  And so on …

So, for example, combining the Moody Centre TOD area and the Murray St. Boulevard, a total of 15 new 25 storey high rises would be needed to accommodate the 5,000 plus projected increase in population.  The area looks like this:

Pink = Murray St. Boulevard, Area “D”
Blue = Moody Centre TOD, Area “F”
MC TOD and Murray Blvd-Areas D and FArea for 15 new 25 storey high rises, based on 5,000+ new population

To see the entire map with all of the sub-areas, click here.


3D rendering from Merrick presentation to council, September 10, 2013
Moody Centre TOD (Merrick)
Moody Centre TOD sub-area, with Inlet Centre in background

3D rendering from Merrick presentation to council, September 10, 2013
St John's - looking east (Merrick 3D)
St. John’s St — street level, looking east

3D rendering from Merrick presentation to council, September 10, 2013
Note the elimination of single family homes just south of the cluster of high rises.  The Skytrain line is not shown in these illustrations.  Park land area remains the same.
Moody Centre TOD and south area (Merrick)
Moody Elementary is the grey area at the bottom.  The school district has approved the sale of the land, with the school to be relocated further east on the Moody Middle school property.

Fun with numbers!

Because the changes proposed in the draft OCP are so dramatic, it is difficult to imagine what it might mean.  The maps, population numbers and 3D illustrations above are from city material.

It is important to note that the numbers provided by the city (above) do not include areas from outside the Evergreen Line named sub-areas; that is, any other area of the city, including two large special study areas (Ioco on the north shore and Suncor on the west side off Barnet).

Whether the population increases came in the form of high rises or lower buildings, there is no doubt the proposed OCP would have a huge impact on Port Moody.

The goal here is to stimulate discussion.

The end goal is for Port Moody to adopt a good, sound, sustainable community-based Official Community Plan.

Lastly, a reminder …

As noted in council’s January 7, 2014 committee of the whole meeting, and in the post OCP — Still a Pandora’s Box of unknown outcomes

Mr. Savoie explained the Local Government Act specifies that:

  • The OCP sets long-term policy direction for growth and development, but doesn’t grant development approvals or commit the city to proceed with projects.
  • However, it does require that once an OCP is adopted, every bylaw and land use decision made has to be consistent with the plan.

An additional resource —
Best practices for 3D modelling and visualization. Yes, we have the technology. Let’s use it.
With thanks to MetroVanWatch and CityHallWatch:  http://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/best-practices-for-3d-viz/

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One Response to “Port Moodytown” — towers and numbers

  1. urbanizta says:

    Reblogged this on MetroVanWatch and commented:

    Moody Centre Community Association has put together a good analysis of population targets and 3D images being used in Port Moody’s discussions about its 30-year Official Community Plan. Port Moody is one of a number of municipalities taking its time to discuss a long term plan. Others, like Vancouver rammed through their plans to meet the July 2013 “deadline” to submit their “Regional Context Statement” to Metro Vancouver. Though Port Moody’s plans are controversial, at least the time extension is permitting more public involvement and scrutiny.

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