Summary of Jan 2013 survey results – and sample comments

Initial summary provided to council

Summary of survey results from meeting hosted on January 17, 2013

The meeting was very well attended, and it is clear residents want to be heard and to be informed of upcoming events.  The Now community newspaper sent a reporter, and Geoff Scott of Tri-CitiesTV recorded the event (available on DVD).

The MCCA Bulletin contained one-page of survey questions; 43 written comments have been received as of the end of February 2013.  A summary is below, and does not include other feedback, including what was said at the meeting.  A document with full results will be available at a later date for submission to council.

The questions were:

1.  What do you see as positive impacts, if any?

2.  What do you see as negative impacts, if any?

3.  What concerns or benefits do you see applying to you personally?

4.  Additional comments?

5.  How long have you lived in Moody Centre?

6.  What is the nearest intersection to your address?

7.  Why were you attracted to live in Moody Centre?

Frequently used words and specific mentions:

Rocky Point / green / nature / park…….. 26
Heritage …………………………………………..  23
Character…………………………………………. 14
Community ……………………………………..  22
Traffic ……………………………………………..  22
Density / highrise ……………………………..  19
Population ……………………………………….  17
View ………………………………………………..  16
Infrastructure …………………………………..  11
Parking …………………………………………….  8
Pollution …………………………………………..  8
Noise ………………………………………………..  7
Tax ……………………………………………………  5

For question 1, “What do you see as positive impacts, if any?”, the most common answer was “none.”

Most people who responded are very concerned about the proposed changes to Moody Centre.  The vast majority feel the draft OCP does not represent their views, or input they have given in the past.

A selection of comments

  • The area is already congested with too many cars and people.  There is no justification for building more highrise multiple dwellings when there is already high vacancy rates in Moody Centre.
  • A significant increase on traffic will make the streets of Port Moody congested more then they are now, especially at the rush hours, transforming them on a giant parking lot with high carbon emission level.
  • Adding cosmopolitan buildings will destroy the heritage character of Moody Centre. Let’s not damage Port Moody Centre as they did with New Westminster’s Centre (Columbia St)
  • If towers are allowed it will ruin the whole atmosphere and heritage of Moody Centre and this can’t be undone
  • Adding cosmopolitan buildings will destroy the heritage character of Moody Centre. Let’s not damage Port Moody Centre as they did with New Westminster’s Centre (Columbia St).
  • No more privacy when so taller buildings (20 storeys or over) are watching single-family heritage houses for which our neighbourhood is so well known and famous.
  • If towers are allowed it will ruin the whole atmosphere and heritage of Moody Centre and this can’t be undone.
  • Port Moody already has poor air quality and this would further add to the air pollution. It also restricts my view thus reducing the value of my property.
  • What are the drivers of this rezoning proposal and which Council members favor this???
  • … it doesn’t appear that prior community feedback collected by the city on development is this area has been carried forward.  As a result, this starts to feel like … keep throwing stuff at the community, get them numbed to the issues, then push through whatever someone wants.
  • Port Moody is a special community … that’s why we moved here.  We can enhance the community for sure, but some of these plans are frankly “throwing the baby out with the bath water”.
  • Don’t change our beautiful “small town “please !
  • … our public resources would be taxed.  Our green space is limited with our current population, more people would mean even less green space.  Parking is limited, St. John street traffic in rush hour is bumper to bumper now.
  • Port Moody has a small irregular land base –  concentrated high rise  development  creates a closed in atmosphere such as in Suter Brook.  I do not want to lose that feeling of openness when I walk around the city.
  • There seems to be a mistaken assumption that all new residents will use the new Evergreen line for their transportation needs exclusively.  Will the City ask the new residents for proof of their transit plans?
  • Port Moody had the “small town” appeal – which will be lost with such development.  Port Moody will lose it’s charm, sense of community.  Concrete jungles are nothing but over-congested, polluted areas with NO SENSE of what home is!
  • Slow down people!  Leave us be!  We like it this way.
  • Moody Centre is a unique neighbourhood with a distinct character that most residents want to maintain.  It is old, it has character, it is Port Moody.  It is not the latest fad offered up by the developers such as Newport, Suterbrook or Klahanie.  The residents of Moody Centre want this neighbourhood the way it is and not what city staff and the developers envision through the draft OCP.
  • Building heights along St. John’s are way too much: will destroy the character of Moody Centre.
  • My view will disappear.  I will be looking at buildings as opposed to the mountains.  I will be listening to a lot more noise (cars, people, police, transit, fire dept., etc.).  St.   John’s is a short run – don’t make it unpleasant with high and lots of buildings.
  • Don’t make too many drastic changes to Port Moody – it will lose a lot!!
  • Loss of heritage feel with building heights of 6 to 20 storeys.
  • Keep any high-rises at or near Suterbrook, Newport area.
  • More traffic, rat racing down my street.  Ruining the heritage feel of neighbourhood with highrises.  Blocking views.
  • I feel our neighbourhood is the one most impacted by Port Moody’s development and yet we are not consulted.  Feels like developers making all decisions.  We have already seen a lot of density on Ioco Road and we don’t have infrastructure for more population.
  • More traffic and congestion and pollution.  Stress on wildlife.  Impaired view of inlet and decreased natural beauty of area.
  • Negative impacts are that no infrastructure improvements are even being suggested to go along with this plan.
  • When the new councillors were trying to get elected every one stood on the platform of how they liked the small town feel of Port Moody.
  • This area is historically the first township in BC.  We are this year celebrating 100 years, yet the powers that be have left nothing in their schemes to protect the heritage of this beautiful city.  Years ago Port Moody received an award for the most liveable city.  I would like the answer to the question of who is generating the push to force the population to double or triple in such a short time?  And why?  Years ago David Suzuki came to Port Moody and did a talk, stating that it would be better to grow slowly and have the proper infrastructure in place first.  Now is not the time to over develop an area not capable of absorbing such ridiculous increases in population growth – with the housing market in a downturn.
  • I was attracted to live here because of the small town feeling.  There used to be so many trees, lush green.  The inlet area has been preserved, thank goodness.  But now there are too many highrises, and it has changed the area completely, not for the better.
  • I’m concerned that the tall buildings being proposed will put too much pressure on our roads and general infrastructure. I’m also worried that we’ll lose the historic feel to Port Moody. I value being able to see the mountains easily as one walks through Port Moody.
  • Moody Centre is not appropriate for high density residential.  Land base is too narrow between water and chines, infrastructure is very poor.  Infrastructure, including parks, is already overloaded.
  • The draft OCP as it currently stands disrespects the residents and all of the prior input given for the OCP “finalized” in early 2011.
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