Update (see original post below): The public hearing (Onni, Suter Brook) lasted about 4 hours, with an audience overflowing out the back doors and into the Galleria. About 70 people signed up to speak, although some left before their names were called. There were also many written submissions, some included in the original public hearing agenda package, and others as “on-table” items. There was support for and against the proposal, though it seemed that much of the support (not all) came from non-residents of Port Moody.
Major themes included whether Onni should be granted a change to its agreed-upon land use contract, whether the addition of rental units (market- and sub-market priced) and density bonus to city (~$15M) were appropriate trade-offs, and whether the increased density was okay or too much. For anyone who has time, reading the feedback and watching the video will give much more detail and context.
The official minutes will not be available until the next regular council agenda package, and will not include a summary of written submissions (although that used to be normal practice). The agenda, video, and on-table items are all available from the city’s webpage 2018 Agenda & Minutes.
The regular council meeting scheduled to follow the public hearing began well after 11:00 pm, and most agenda items were delayed to a future meeting due to the late hour. The Onni item was discussed, and Onni’s request was passed by council 5:2 (Councillors Madsen and Vagramov opposed). For more, visit the city link above, and related links in the news below.
A public hearing will begin at 7:00 pm, March 13, at City Hall. Onni (Suter Brook) has applied for changes to its current land use contract.
Excerpt from public hearing agenda package:
“Purpose / Introduction
To present an amendment to the Land Use Contract (LUC) for Suter Brook Village in order to allow for the development of 512 multi-family residential units, including 50 affordable-rental units and 26 market-rental units at 300 Morrissey Road.”
For complete information, see city links below. Anyone wishing to comment can do so in writing (email@example.com) and/or by attending in person to speak. Written submissions should be sent no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the public hearing.
Please note: written public input is not currently recorded in official meeting minutes.
A regular council meeting will follow the public hearing. Public input is permitted at the beginning and at the end of the meeting (comment on the public hearing must be given at the public hearing before the regular council meeting).
Item 9.9 above is additional preparation for the potential OCP and zoning amendments to facilitate the sale of public lands.
The Fraser Health open house held on March 7th to present a concept for high-density residential on the Eagle Ridge Hospital lands appeared to be well-attended. Not much information is available to share since the display boards are not posted online, although we hope that will change soon. One of the boards showed the OCP amendment application was submitted to the City of Port Moody in June 2017, and Fraser Health hopes to move this forward to the Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) as soon as possible.
Related: Letter: Port Moody should ‘refuse’ changes to ERH land, Tri-City News, March 8, 2018
Earlier post: Open house, Fraser Health plans for high density residential — Eagle Ridge Hospital
Flavelle Mill site (Oceanfront District in Port Moody OCP)
Item 12.2 in the March 13th council agenda, Metro Vancouver Board in Brief, indicates that on Feb. 23, 2018 the Metro Vancouver Board approved Port Moody’s request to amend the regional land use designation of the Flavelle site from Industrial to General Urban and remove the Special Study Area overlay for the site.
The complete Metro Vancouver board agenda package for Feb. 23, 2018 is here. Relevant sections include C1: Tim Savoie, City Manager, presentation; and G2.1, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future Land Use Designation Amendment; and Request from the City of Port Moody – Flavelle Mill Site.
At its meeting on Feb. 27, 2018, council agreed to include the potential Flavelle population numbers in the Factual Information Campaign brochure. There was no mention of the Metro Vancouver board meeting at that time. See earlier post Factual Information Campaign (with update).
The Metro Vancouver/GVRD board minutes are now available, in the recent March 23, 2018 board agenda package, available here (large file).
In the news (Tri-City News), a sampling:
- Hospice patients see the world through virtual reality (March 10, 2018)
- Letter: Density proposals too high in Port Moody (March 8, 2018)
- Ups, downs in Tri-City real estate (March 7, 2018)
- PoMo to hire economic development officer (March, 2018)