May 15, 2015 — Metro Vancouver to consider Port Moody’s OCP amendments

UPDATE: After discussion on other items, the May 15, 2015 regional meeting went “in-camera” (closed to the public).  Since Metro Vancouver doesn’t archive its video for these meetings, they can’t be reviewed.  [Why don’t they archive video?]

Though the item was public on the agenda, the actual discussion appears to have been private.  Since the OCP is now up for adoption by Port Moody council (4th and final reading, May 26, 2015), the regional board must have given approval (no minutes are currently available).

Reminder — when the Metro Vancouver/GVRD board approved filing a lawsuit on this issue on October 24, 2014, the decision was in-camera.  The public didn’t find out until about three weeks later.  The public also doesn’t know the voting record for members of the board.  Minutes are sparse in information, and not revealed for in-camera items.

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At its upcoming meeting on Friday, May 15, 2015, the Metro Vancouver/GVRD board will review Port Moody’s revised Official Community Plan (OCP) and Regional Context Statement (RCS).

The regional board had several areas of concern, but the most talked-about involves the conversion of industrial lands to a General Urban designation, which included the Andres site in west Moody Centre, and the Flavelle/Mill and Timber site west of Rocky Point Park, also in Moody Centre. Reichhold Industries (chemicals) and Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) are in-between the two areas.

2015-05-09-industrial land dispute

The Andres site is on the left side of this image just to the right of the “A” and the Flavelle/Mill and Timber site is the area marked “E.”

If the regional board approves Port Moody’s revised submission, the lawsuit triggered by council’s premature adoption of the OCP in October 2014 will be discontinued.

The REVISED agenda for the upcoming meeting is here [large file size]. Below is a brief excerpt:

“On October 14, 2014, Port Moody Council adopted OCP Bylaw 2014, No. 2955, without first submitting the RCS to the GVRD Board for acceptance. In response, on November 13, 2014, Metro Vancouver filed a petition to quash the new OCP bylaw on the basis that Port Moody had not sought or obtained Metro Vancouver acceptance of the proposed RCS, as required by legislation. Port Moody and Metro Vancouver agreed to extend the typical 21 day response period for the petition to March 31, 2015, to allow the City time to resolve the outstanding matter.

On February 10, 2015, Port Moody Council gave first and second readings to Official Community Plan Bylaw 2014, No. 2955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4, 2015, No. 3001. The amended proposed RCS reflected the GVRD Board’s decisions, showing the Andres Wines site and Mill and Timber site as ‘Industrial’, consistent with the regional land use designation. In addition, several minor mapping discrepancies were corrected. The Moody Centre Transit‐Oriented Development Area and Murray Street Boulevard Area continue to be shown as ‘General Urban’ to reflect the fact that the latter two proposed amendments are still under consideration by the GVRD Board.

The OCP amendment bylaw was referred by Port Moody for comments in February 2015, and went to public hearing. An updated version of the bylaw containing additional amendments received third reading on March 24, 2015. The RCS (as amended) was sent to Metro Vancouver (Attachment 1), and received on March 30, 2015 (Attachment 2). The required 120‐day response period ends in late‐July 2015.

In the event that Metro Vancouver accepts Port Moody’s proposed RCS, and Port Moody subsequently adopts the proposed RCS as part of its OCP amendment bylaw, the legal proceedings initiated in November 2014 would be unnecessary, and Metro Vancouver would file a Notice of Discontinuance in the proceedings.”

Related: see Flavelle mill site redevelopment in the news (again)

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