Moody Centre Community Meeting (AGM) May 28, 2015
Updated, post meeting:
Thanks to all who gave up such a lovely spring evening to be indoors at the AGM!
For those who couldn’t make it, as in past years we’ll happily accept your new or renewed $5 membership at any time during the year. (Some people prefer the outdoor community picnic!)
We had a lively discussion on all kinds of topics, including the OCP and what it might mean for Moody Centre, traffic issues, noise, green space, public lands, rat control, Evergreen Line construction impacts, heritage, and more.
MCCA will be taking part in upcoming city discussions for a new transportation master plan (TransPort Moody) in the very near future.
Please continue to send your input to MCCA on all these issues so as many voices as possible can be heard!
The current MCCA board is: Hazel Mason (president), Chris Staddon (vice-president), Dave Maxwell (treasurer), Rick Evon (secretary/director), and directors David Ritcey, Denise Meiners, Steve Milani, and Cathy Cena.
President’s report — past year in brief
MCCA has worked hard to provide information to the community and encourage feedback from residents. Working together to share ideas and information benefits all of us.
Visits to MCCA’s online blog/website have grown significantly since its start in November 2013, and spiked noticeably during the municipal election campaign.
In September 2014, MCCA hosted another community picnic at Rocky Point Park. Thanks to some generous donations from local business, board members, volunteer help, and city approval, the event was again successful.
In October 2014, MCCA hosted an information meeting at Kyle Centre. Main topics were the OCP and the upcoming municipal election.
In early November 2014, MCCA hosted a meeting at the Kyle Centre for all candidates for Port Moody council and mayor, inviting all candidates to participate, and the general public. The meeting was very well-attended with standing-room only. A notable development was candidates agreeing to provide campaign donation information prior to the November 15, 2014 general election.
In early 2015, MCCA signed up for the city of Port Moody’s Adopt-a-Street program. Our area is Queens St. Plaza between Clarke and St. Johns. We’ve had several clean-ups so far. All volunteers are welcomed, but city waiver forms must be signed, which are available online through the city, or from MCCA. Children are also welcome to participate if parents sign a completed waiver form.
In spring of 2015, Port Moody council amended the Official Community Plan (OCP) in order to comply with its commitment to the regional district (Metro Vancouver/GVRD), putting the Flavelle and Andres sites back to industrial uses, with a “Special Study Area” designation. The changes included other amendments including employment projections. The OCP is now officially passed.
Port Moody — and Moody Centre in particular — are facing big changes.
- Skytrain is under construction and due for completion in fall of 2016 if the schedule doesn’t change again; setbacks partially due to sinkholes.
- The OCP could mean huge changes for Moody Centre — the zoning bylaw will be updated and much higher density is envisioned. MCCA has heard a great deal of feedback on concerns with the plan: lack of clarity on density and density bonusing, parks and green-space, traffic, facilities and infrastructure, and so on. Flavelle/Mill and Timber is again indicating interest in redevelopment — Flavelle Oceanfront. We’ve asked to be kept informed of plans and timelines.
- Just recently, council has agreed that Moody Centre should have the benefit of a neighbourhood plan consultation, something we’ve been asking for since early in the OCP process. It’s in the new Strategic Plan, and mentions possible OCP amendments.
- Council has also approved some zoning changes for house height and size, and good neighbour guidelines.
- Initial planning has begun for a new Master Transportation Plan, and the city consultant has recommended plenty of community input — including a Public Engagement Plan and a Public Advisory Committee, with recommendation for MCCA to have a rep on the PAC. We’ve cited concerns in the past with traffic congestion, movement of emergency vehicles, parking, carbon emissions. MCCA encourages resident feedback.
- The new Parks and Recreation Plan has been underway for about a year now, and is likely close to completion. The draft plan calls for more park space, especially with increased population, and also stresses the need for programs and facilities to keep pace. It says Moody Centre is currently short-changed compared to other areas of the city.
- Residents have continued to express concerns about parks, community spaces including Kyle Centre and schools, rapid development, neighbourhood character, traffic, pollution, and infrastructure needs, to name a few.
Several Noble Court residents wrote to the city earlier this year with noise concerns about the Mill & Timber/Flavelle mill site, and a copy of their letter to the city and a response was given to MCCA at the meeting. A link to the correspondence is below.
All residents of Moody Centre are invited to a community meeting at Kyle Centre on May 28, 2015, starting at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:45 pm.
This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and discuss what’s happening in our neighbourhood and city.
In addition to a general discussion, we’ll be electing our association executive as we do annually. You do not need to be a member of the Moody Centre Community Association to attend this community meeting, but you do need to be a member ($5) to take part in the selection of the executive.
To view the flyer for additional information, and for a map of the Moody Centre area, click 2015-05-28-AGM flyer.
We hope to see you on May 28th!!