2015-08-02: Bits and pieces

2015-08-02: Bits and pieces

PoMo city hall and blue treesImage: Port Moody City Hall in springtime

Ioco Lands public consultation
Architect James Cheng, team lead for consultation and planning for the Ioco Lands Master Plan (land owner Brilliant Circle Group), reported total attendance of more than 540 people to the two public open houses, held July 23 and July 26, 2015.

Further consultation is planned in the near future.

Material from the open houses and additional information is posted on the Ioco Lands website.

Ioco open houses draw record turnout
Sarah Payne / Tri City News July 28, 2015

Grant money for Barnet landfill remediation and PoMo rec centre remediation
At a press conference at Port Moody City Hall on July 24, 2015, it was announced that Port Moody would receive just over $700,000 from both the federal and provincial governments (for a total of just over $1.4 million) for remediation of the Barnet landfill site. The city will cover the remaining cost, estimated at $2.1 million in total (so Port Moody’s Share is also about $700,000).

Also announced was a $500,000 federal grant to rehabilitate the Port Moody Recreation Complex building envelope.

Public works yard will likely move to remediated Barnet landfill
Staff Writer / Tri City News – July 28, 2015

Artist in Residence program and Parks Caretaker to be located at Rocky Point Park
At council’s final meeting before summer break (July 28, 2015), a staff report proposed combining the parks caretaker position with an artist in residence.

“The proposed Artist Caretaker Program combines the artist in residence concept with our existing resident parks caretaker function. The proposed program would bring an artist to Rocky Point Park (2800 Murray Street), while maintaining the services of a resident parks caretaker. Rocky Point Park has a one bedroom caretaker’s residence located on the top floor of the Park Services Building. In exchange for living and studio space, the artist would provide the services of a resident parks caretaker, as well as 260 hours of community engaged art practices and projects over a two-year term.”

The proposal was approved.

The program is open to artists working in the following disciplines: writers, composers, musicians, poets, 2D, 3D (excluding ceramic). Artists must be legally permitted to work in Canada.

Port Moody OK’s new artist-in-residence/caretaker position for Rocky Point Park
Renee Sutton / Tri-Cities Now – July 30, 2015

Public input at July 28, 2015 council meeting (final before summer break)
Public input went on much longer than the 15 minute timeframe allotted for it.

The main reason was comment — for and against — a variance request for a new house build on April Road. The variance was granted.

Another topic was the expansion of Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT). One speaker noted the existence of rare marine life in the area that could be threatened, and another suggested that along with potential negative environmental impacts, the new building for potash would be the equivalent of 10 storeys high and more than one-quarter of a kilometre long.

To view complete public input or any part of the meeting, you can find a link to all meeting materials, videos, etc. from here or here (videos only).

Port Moody icon Mary Anne Cooper advocates for better transit access
Local legend Mary Anne Cooper is known for many achievements and, among other honours, was awarded Freedom of the City. She has been active in the community on many issues, and may be most well-known for her work on heritage preservation, including the Ioco townsite on Port Moody’s north shore.

Ms. Cooper was the subject of much local media attention this past week, due to her efforts to advocate for better transit access for people with mobility challenges. Still active at 100 years old, Ms. Cooper waited at her local bus stop for a community shuttle bus but couldn’t manage climbing the bus steps while holding a folded walker. Since there was no help available, Ms. Cooper returned home and filed an online complaint to Translink, which apparently went unanswered until the story appeared in major media reports. She explains she is not looking for a personal apology, but wants to see improvements to transit access.

The Global TV news story is here.

On densification
Editorial: Vancouver’s top planner quits as densification debate rages on
Vancouver Sun, July 30, 2015

“But perhaps a change in command will give the city some breathing space, a chance to revisit how Vancouver citizens would like to see the city evolve, an opportunity to conjure a more comprehensive plan for development and an examination of why densification has failed to achieved its widely touted benefits.”

On industrial land
Vancouver’s building pressure to release more industrial land 
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Aug. 02, 2015

The Lower Mainland’s industrial land has been the region’s escape valve for housing pressure for more than four decades.
In Port Moody, two significant pieces of land – the former Ioco oil-refinery site and the Mill and Timber site – are the subject of a tug of war. Metro Vancouver planners are trying to make the argument that Port Moody should hang on to them for industrial purposes. Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay has said those pieces of land, at the eastern end of Burrard Inlet, are too far from the port or other industrial hubs to be useful.

Both were designated by Port Moody as “special study areas,” something that municipalities did as part of the Regional Growth Strategy process to preserve the right to convert them, but the tactic means the future of a lot of land is up in the air.

That’s a devastating trend for the CEO of Port Metro Vancouver, Robin Silvester, who has been mounting an unusually energetic campaign to save industrial land.

“We’re still hurtling toward a brick wall,” says Mr. Silvester, noting that current estimates say the region will run out of industrial land – now with an inventory of about 10,000 hectares, a quarter of it undeveloped – within a decade. “And the Ioco lands, that’s 4 per cent of the total industrial land base.”

For full article, click on title above.

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