Transportation Plan Update, and related news

Transportation Plan Update, and related news

Pages 289-542 on council’s agenda for April 26, 2016 (link here). More than 250 pages, with little time for review before the upcoming council meeting, by the public or the Moody Centre Community Association. Moody Centre is a key piece in the planning.

Below, page 344 on agenda package. Circle on left is area of “potential” Evergreen Line Station. Most of Moody Centre is within circles.
2016-04-26-Transportation Plan Map 1

A few excerpts:
“Based on direction from the OCP and input received through TransPort Moody engagement, residents identified Moody Centre as an area that could benefit from creating complete streets that provide inviting public spaces within this area. In accordance with goals and objectives identified in the third phase of the plan, development of a compact, complete city in Moody Centre was supported through comfortable complete streets, inviting public places, improved road safety, and better access to destinations such as the waterfront.” [page 291 of agenda]

Moody Street Bottleneck
One of the critical locations within the City’s transportation network is the Moody Street overpass. The City’s long-term aspiration is to improve connections across the rail corridor to serve local growth either by replacing the existing Moody Street overpass or constructing a new overpass at Mary Street in conjunction with redevelopment. In the short-term, the City should also investigate options to address this bottleneck. Several options were developed for the base of the Moody Street overpass, as well as the Moody Street and Clarke Street intersection and Moody Street and Grant Street intersection. Based on the options analysis, it is recommended that the City address the Moody Street Bottleneck over the short-term by adding new traffic signals at Moody Street and Murray Street, and at Moody Street at Grant Street. In addition, the City should restrict northbound left turns and southbound through movements at Moody Street and Clarke Street. By removing these minor movements from the Moody Street and Clarke Street intersection, and adding and coordinating signals at Grant and Murray Street, it is anticipated that improve traffic operations can be achieved over the short-term.” [page 318 of agenda]

“One of the primary goals of the City of Port Moody’s OCP is to create a compact and complete city.  The OCP defines a complete community as one that features a mix of residential and commercial uses, while encouraging the use of transit, walking and cycling.  Compact and complete communities also have the advantage of requiring less infrastructure investment per capita when compared to other types of communities. The City of Port Moody has been working towards creating a compact and complete city for some time and it is one of the most compact and densely populated cities in Metro Vancouver [emphasis added].  An example of this type of development can be seen in Inlet Centre, with higher density developments such as NewPort Village, SuterBrook Village, and Klahanie.  The Inlet Centre area is often cited as one of the most successful examples of a complete and compact urban development in Metro Vancouver. The OCP supports encouraging this type of growth and development to continue to occur within the Inlet Centre and Moody Centre areas by supporting higher densities and a greater mix of land uses in these areas, with a specific emphasis on areas around the Evergreen Line Station.” [page 339 of agenda]

“Port Moody’s transit system will be undergoing an unprecedented transformation with the opening of the Evergreen Line in 2017.  The Evergreen Line will include two stations in Port Moody and a possible third station in the future. The completion of the Evergreen Line is expected to have a significant impact on travel patterns within the City and the Northeast Sector. With the arrival of the Evergreen Line, there is an emerging focus on integrating Transit Oriented Development (TOD) around the new Evergreen Line Stations. This TOD has been identified in the City’s OCP as a designation within 400 metres of Evergreen Line stations and major transit corridors. The TOD land use designation will result in mixed use developments with higher densities and compact building forms, which will in turn increase population growth near the stations.” [page 377 of agenda]

Transcription of public feedback starts at page 484 of the agenda package.

Sorry, readers, the above excerpts are from less than 100 pages into the report, with more than 150 to go, but time’s run out for this reporter. Check out the agenda link for more.

Related on this site:
Update — Draft Master Transportation Plan Open House (Feb. 24, 2016)

Gatensbury crashes
Two crashes in two days, both at the hairpin turn near the bottom of the hill. Thursday, April 21, morning commute; and Friday, April 22, evening commute. Gatensbury Road is identified in the draft Transportation Plan as a problem area, and local residents have voice concerns for many years.

Coquitlam parking, taking another look
Moody Centre residents have increasingly expressed concerns about traffic and parking, and worries that the situation will continue to worsen with densification and the upcoming opening of the Evergreen Skytrain line.

Therefore, it’s interesting and timely that the Tri-City News reported on similar concerns in Coquitlam.

Problems prompt Coquitlam to ponder more parking
Tri-City News, April 20, 2016 (paper edition)
“Many of the issues stem from the widespread development of smaller single-family homes, townhouses and row-houses, particularly on Burke Mountain. The smaller, more affordable housing types were adopted back when plans for improved bus service and rapid transit were expected in the neighbourhood. Since those plans have been shelved, the city is now dealing with multi-car families moving into an area that was not designed for the large vehicle load.

“While these initiatives have generally proven to be successful, there appears to have been some unintended consequences related to the adequacy of the city’s off-street parking standards,” said the report.

As a result, staff is now recommending that the number of spaces for every new townhouse, row-house, triplex and quadruplex development increase from the current 1.5 stall per unit to two stalls per unit.”

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