2013-10-19

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From: MCCA PortMoody <mcca.pm@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Subject: Community update – OCP next steps, and other items Dear residents,

Below are updates on the Official Community Plan (OCP) and other items.

  1. OCP next steps
  2. Skytrain elevation through Port Moody
  3. Evergreen Line stations – no extra density required for Moody Centre and Ioco stations
  4. Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy – requests for zoning changes
  5. Concert in celebration of Port Moody’s centennial year – November 1, 2013

OCP next steps

Council directed city staff to update the draft OCP about 3 weeks ago (Sept. 30).

I asked the city planning department when staff would have the updated draft OCP completed, and the estimated dates/timeline for more review, town hall(s), public input, etc.

On Friday, October 18, the planning manager said:  “We are currently updating the DRAFT OCP following Council’s review in September.  Once these are complete we will be presenting the updated DRAFT at a Committee of the Whole meeting for further Council review.  A date for this has not yet been set.  A Town Hall Meeting would likely be scheduled following this review according to Council’s direction.”

As you can see above, no dates or timelines were provided.

At the upcoming Oct. 22, 2013 council meeting, item 6.2, Request from Metro Vancouver to provide a timeline for submission of Port Moody’s Regional Context Statement, dated October 3, 2013, states:  “An updated DRAFT OCP which includes Council’s comments has now been completed and feedback from the public is ongoing. This document includes a DRAFT Regional Context Statement which will continue to be refined as part of this update process. … [which] would typically be submitted following Public Hearing and Third Reading of a new Official Community Plan Bylaw. … ready for submission by early 2014.”

What does this mean?  Hard to know.  It sounds as if the updated draft has in fact been completed.  When will residents get to see the plan?  Not sure.  Will there be another town hall?  Not sure.

Skytrain elevation through Port Moody

Now that construction is underway, people have been surprised to learn that the Evergreen Line on the south shore of Port Moody will have two sections of elevated track:  (1) where the line exits the western tunnel at Schoolhouse Creek, and (2) where it will be elevated to go over the existing CPR train route at about Moray St (Klahanie area).

The Evergreen Line overall general map shows a solid green line through Port Moody as “at-grade” so that is what people have expected.  However, it has an asterisk that is very easy to miss.  The asterisk says:

*Except where required to cross existing roads, CPR tracks and creeks

MCCA newsletter transit map 22-Oct-2013 MCCA newsletter transit map 22-Oct-2013 legend

It is a mystery as to why the overall map didn’t show “light green” for elevated tracks in the two affected areas.

I called the Evergreen Project Office, and was told there is no public information available yet on details regarding elevated spans and heights – but that it should be available very soon.

You can see the map and other information at this link:
http://www.evergreenline.gov.bc.ca/consultation.htm

Evergreen Line stations – no extra density required for Moody Centre and Ioco stations

In the agenda for the Oct. 8, 2013 council meeting, there is a section at the end – 9.2.  One of the items is MoT – West Port Moody Station.  Check it out.  It contains a series of letters from the Ministry of Transportation Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project and the City of Port Moody.  The agenda is 226 pages – this item starts on page 196.

It recaps the whole process of why the two stations are where they are, and why the potential station at the western end of Moody Centre is a problem.  It says Ioco station was chosen because of the existing density, and Moody Centre by West Coast Express was chosen because it is an existing transit hub.  On page 203, there is also a stated requirement that the “guideway should remain at grade or below grade through Port Moody.”

http://www.portmoody.ca/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=5748

Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy – requests for zoning changes

On Friday, Oct. 11, the Metro Vancouver board met to discuss the regional growth strategy.  Langley applied to have 3 areas changed to residential – two were agricultural land areas, and one was industrial.  All requests were denied as “Directors cited a dangerous precedent that would be set … if the requests had been granted.”  As most of you will know, PortMoody is proposing major zoning changes; e.g., industrial port lands to residential and other uses.

The Tri-City News has an article on this:

Metro Vancouver rejects urbanization of Langley farmland [and industrial]
http://www.tricitynews.com/news/227424881.html

Concert in celebration of Port Moody’s centennial year

The Maple Leaf Singers will perform on The Stage of The Inlet Theatre on Friday , November 1st, at 7:30 pm.  Their show is “Ooh’s and OZ” and will feature JENNIFER GILLIS of (CBC’s) Wizard of Oz fame!  Tickets can be purchased ($15.00 )from:  The Railway Museum, The Port Moody Legion, and Port Moody City Hall.  All proceeds go to the promotion of musical arts in The City.  More information:  information@mapleleafsingers.com / www.mapleleafsingers.com

An article of interest:

Lower Mainland’s anti-development activists a force to be reckoned with

FRANCES BULA – VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Oct. 12 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Online:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/lower-mainlands-anti-development-activists-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with/article14850366/

Please feel free to forward this email.

As always, we welcome your comments and input to MCCA.

Regards,
Hazel Mason, President
Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA)

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