Updated: In the dark … until now — PoMo plan to Metro July 11

Thank you to Metro Van Watch for bringing this to MCCA’s attention today. See post:  http://metrovanwatch.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/metro-board-agenda-july-11-2014/.

On Friday, July 11, 2014, starting at 9:00 am, the Metro Vancouver (GVRD) board of directors will be reviewing Port Moody’s zoning amendment requests for:

  • Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development Area
  • Murray Street Boulevard Area
  • Andres Wines Site, and
  • Mill and Timber Site (Flavelle)

Metro Vancouver Boardroom
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

Agenda link: http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD%20Board/RD_Jul-11-2014_AGE.pdf
Speaking to a board or committee:

Unfortunately, this information is not posted on Port Moody’s website in the OCP timeline, or in upcoming events, nor has it received media attention.

The meeting will be webcast live, and the link can be found here (left-hand side of page):

To be updated.

Update: July 12, 2014

The Port Moody zoning amendment requests to Metro Vancouver consisted of the following sites:

  • Moody Centre TOD Area – 3.5 ha, Mixed Employment to General Urban and the addition of a Frequent Transit Development Area;
  • Murray Street Boulevard Area – 4.8 ha, Industrial and Mixed Employment to General Urban;
  • Andres Wines Site – 1.3 ha, Industrial to General Urban; and
  • Mill and Timber Site – 14.7 ha, Industrial (with a Special Study Area overlay) to General Urban and removal of the Special Study Area overlay.

Voting results

  • Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development Area — amendment approved
  • Murray Street Boulevard Area — amendment approved
  • Andres Wines Site — amendment denied
  • Mill and Timber Site (Flavelle) — amendment denied

Director discussion at the meeting suggested they believe Port Moody’s draft OCP is accepted within the community.

The agenda material also suggests no development proposals are currently in the works, with language such as:

  • “While the OCP provides a high level vision statement for the site, no detailed area planning has been completed yet, nor has a development concept been proposed, as recognized by its designation as a Special Study Area in the OCP.”
  • “no development proposal for the site at this time”
  • “While there is no specific development proposal accompanying the amendment request, the OCP provides a vision for the site that includes a residential tower of up to 26 storeys on the subject site as part of a broader plan to redevelop the Westport area.”

… all of which seems a little odd, given that Andres has presented concepts for a number of years now (including a public open house) and the mill site owners have had discussions with the city, and a conceptual rendering was made public in one of the city’s agenda packages, and subsequently included in a news column (https://portmoodycommunity.wordpress.com/in-the-news-2/still-a-sardine-city-despite-ocp-changes-tri-city-news-nov-14-2013/).

Timing and next steps — unclear.

Report from Vancouver Sun, July 11, 2014:
The meeting discussion was somewhat confusing, and so is the article, since Port Moody did submit a request to change the zoning from industrial to general urban (see bullets above).


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