In the news: OCP lawsuit, Arts Centre project costs, Ioco lands, environmental standards

Port Moody’s OCP amendments part of next week’s council agenda
by Sarah Payne – The Tri-City News
posted Jan 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Port Moody council will be considering a timeline to amend the city’s official community plan in the wake of a Metro Vancouver lawsuit filed last November.

The regional government filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court on Nov. 13 to quash PoMo’s OCP, stating two land use designation amendments did not comply the Metro’s Regional Growth Strategy (RGS).

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Costs rise for Port Moody Arts Centre addition
by Staff Writer – The Tri-City News
posted Jan 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Costs for the Port Moody Arts Centre’s Appleyard Centennial House addition have gone up again to pay for unexpected and last-minute works that had to be completed before the September grand opening.

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Ioco lands an opportunity for Anmore, Port Moody to work together — Geller
by Diane Strandberg – The Tri-City News
posted Jan 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A Vancouver architect who advised Imperial Oil for nearly a decade on its Ioco land holdings expects no sod to be turned on recently sold land in Anmore and Port Moody until a lengthy community planning process is undertaken.

And Michael Geller would like to see the two municipalities work together with architect James Cheng on a comprehensive plan for the 232 acres now owned by Brilliant Circle Group Investments Ltd. so the community is designed as a whole rather than piecemeal.

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New environmental standards sought for development in Port Moody
by Diane Strandberg – The Tri-City News
posted Jan 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM— updated Jan 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Port Moody’s Mossom Creek — alive with salmon thanks to the work of volunteers — should serve as an inspiration for state-of-the-art sustainable development of the former Ioco lands, say members of the group that looks after the Mossom watershed and hatchery.

Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar, who founded the hatchery, which is now run by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (BIMES), said the creek is home to several species of salmon and the forests are full of wildlife, and neither should be displaced by development in any plans for development of 232 acres bought by Brilliant Circle Group Investments Ltd.

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