2015-01-29 — Port Moody backs away from OCP stance

Port Moody backs away from OCP stance
Jeremy Deutsch / Tri-Cities Now
January 29, 2015 03:28 PM

The City of Port Moody has come up with a way to make sure it doesn’t end up in court with Metro Vancouver over its new official community plan (OCP).

On Tuesday, council voted to make amendments to the OCP to appease the regional district’s current opposition to the plan.

Specifically, Metro Vancouver had taken issue with the land use designation for the Andres Wines and Mill and Timber sites in the city’s new OCP.

The OCP calls for the two properties’ land use to be moved from general industrial to general urban, but the request was declined by the Metro Vancouver board due to lack of a comprehensive plan for the sites.

After the OCP was passed in the fall, Metro Vancouver filed a court petition arguing Port Moody’s OCP is invalid and does not meet statutory guidelines.

The regional district argued the city has enacted a new regional context statement in the OCP that has never been agreed to or accepted by Metro Vancouver.

The city has now agreed to move the two sites in question back to an industrial land use designation. The change still requires a public hearing before final approval.

Metro Vancouver had given the city until March 31 to respond to the petition.

Coun. Rick Glumac proposed a 60-day deadline extension to give council time to address public feedback and allow it to work with staff on refining the OCP if council requests.

“That gives us the opportunity to make some specific changes, [while] not opening up the whole OCP,” he argued, adding the extra time to address issues in the OCP would benefit everyone in the community.

However, city staff recommended the amendments be limited to Metro’s points of conflict with the plan.

The city’s manager of planning, Mary De Paoli, suggested opening the OCP to significant change would create a larger and more time-consuming public consultation process that could exceed Metro Vancouver’s deadline.

City staff also told council there didn’t seem to be an appetite by the regional district to move the deadline.

In the end, council voted down Glumac’s motion, which only received support from Couns. Zoe Royer and Robert Vagramov.

Mayor Mike Clay said it’s important the issue be resolved and the OCP accepted by Metro Vancouver.

He said once the OCP is accepted amendments can be made to the two sites in the future.

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