Moody Centre TOD plan: Changing concepts and visions … ?
Area: Moody Centre Station transit-oriented development plan. The city held an open house at Kyle Centre on October 6, 2016 to reveal development scenarios for several blocks north of St. Johns Street surrounding the Skytrain station.
Source: Official Community Plan, Chapter 15.
Source: Open house display boards from October 6, 2016 on Moody Centre Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan. City link here. Contains link for feedback — due by October 28, 2016.
Maybe the options/scenarios presented will be appealing to people; maybe not. But all stakeholders need fair representation and say on any plan, especially of this magnitude.
The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) was identified in April 2016 as a primary stakeholder for inclusion in initial discussions, but that did not happen.
Initial stakeholder discussions included a select few, including a group of “senior members of the real estate development and brokerage community in Metro Vancouver” who met in spring 2015 and were charged with offering their views on Port Moody’s competiveness in attracting development, especially employment-generating.
At the following June 16, 2015 council meeting, it was noted that many in the group were representatives from developers known for specializing in multi-family residential building. (See post 2015-06-13: Neighbourhood planning — Moody Centre and Coronation Park.)
The stakeholder group make-up appears to have skewed the current scenarios revealed on Oct. 6, 2016; namely, much more residential growth than employment growth.
“One of the goals of this Official Community Plan is the development of a complete community within Port Moody. Among other objectives, a complete community involves achieving a balance between the number of employment opportunities and the number of employed residents within a municipality.” (OCP, page 10, Key Trends and Issues, Chapter 2) Complete community also refers to other shared community infrastructure; e.g., parkland, community facilities, etc.
It’s also important to consider the broader context of Moody Centre and Port Moody as a whole, and how the pieces might fit together.
For example, the recently revealed scenarios for aggressive densification of Coronation Park, the Ioco lands on PoMo’s north shore, as yet with no details, the Andres/Peller desire to re-develop land at the west end of Moody Centre, the Flavelle/Mill and Timber area just west of Rocky Point Park and the owners stated desire to develop (details still unknown), Bold Properties in west Moody Centre — are all pieces in the puzzle. The aforementioned are not the only projects, just some of the more well-known.
These projects combined could easily increase Port Moody’s population by 20,000 plus, if approved, well above the Official Community Plan (OCP) target of 50,000 by 2041.
We encourage feedback to the Moody Centre Community Association (via email or as an online comment), and to the city (see city link above).
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