Moody Centre development: a slow wave … or tsunami?

Moody Centre development: a slow wave … or tsunami?

2015-10-31-Moody Centre web building

Hard to say.

But safe to say the events listings area at the top (home) of this site is getting more crowded lately.

Coming up in the next two weeks are:

—Land Use Committee meeting to review the Aragon development proposal (Moody/Spring/Clarke streets) — Nov. 3, 2015.

Peller Open House (Andres Wine site) — Nov. 9, 2015.

2621 St. Johns Street Open House — Nov. 12, 2015.

Additional information for these events can be found in recent posts below.

The Flavelle/Mill and Timber site owners are also in the process of developing and presenting plans, after hosting an open house in the summer as well as having a few information kiosks at events.

All of the above are in the Moody Centre area. There are also land assemblies taking place in Moody Centre, though no plans have yet been presented publicly. It’s very likely we’ll hear of additional proposals in the near future.

Many development applications will request variances to what is currently allowed. The process will include open houses (also called community information meetings), discussions at Land Use Committee meetings, and if approved further steps (public hearings, council approvals). Variances usually involve additional density, and approved variances can set precedents for future applications, and affect planning goals and outcomes for the city.

Outside of Moody Centre, the biggest project currently is the Ioco area lands, now stated as about 100 acres in Port Moody (and more in Anmore). The Brilliant Circle Group, with architect James Cheng, has held three information sessions over the summer into September.

Some of the bigger projects will require longer timeframes than smaller proposals.

The sum of all known proposals could be quite significant for Moody Centre, and Port Moody as a whole.

The Official Community Plan suggests population growth of up to 50,000 total residents in Port Moody by 2041. There are various estimates for the city’s current population, ranging from 34,000 to 38,000. The most recent census information comes from 2011, four years ago, and the city has grown since then.

Since we don’t have detailed plans for all of the current and upcoming applications, it’s difficult to know what the impact will be on population, and what else might be impacted (e.g., infrastructure needs.)

During the OCP approval process, the Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) — and others — urged council to have measurement tools in place to be able to monitor whether the city is on target (or not) with its goals. It’s not clear how the city will do this.

[Picture above taken in Moody Centre: “What a web the spider weaves …”]

In local news this week:
Dev’t. rumblings in Moody Centre – Oct. 27, 2015, Tri-City News
Design work underway for public works yard at Barnet landfill – Oct. 29, 2015, Tri-City News
Port Moody approves $10.5—million loan for civic repairs – Oct. 29, 2015, Tri-City News

Opinion: Canada needs a new vision for the suburbs
Thriving, sustainable ‘posturbs’
By Larry Beasley, Special to The Vancouver Sun, October 30, 2015
Excerpt; click title above for full article.
“… we have an idea of what some of the basic themes for posturbs might be. For example, most people tell us that a lower scale is preferred — the massive tower schemes out in the posturbs will likely not be very popular. They tell us that the least disruption to existing neighbourhoods the better — few people look forward to fighting endless political battles just to protect the sanctity of their homes.”

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