Flavelle Oceanfront Development, official change from “industrial, special study area” to “general urban”

Flavelle Oceanfront Development, official change from “industrial, special study area” to “general urban”

On council’s agenda for June 12, 2018, Item 7.1, Official Community Plan Amendment – Flavelle Oceanfront Development is set for adoption. Pages 93-216.

Recent summary: The Metro Vancouver (aka GVRD) board discussed this item again on Friday, May 25, 2018, and after declining the request in 2014, and recommending a further denial in February 2018, has now agreed to Port Moody’s requested change based on additional materials submitted by Port Moody.

Image below from Metro Vancouver (GVRD) board meeting agenda May 25, 2018, page 310.

Note: The circle above is double the usual 400m shown in these maps.

Metro Vancouver (GVRD) meeting, May 25, 2018: Regional Growth Strategy Amendment — Flavelle Mill Site, Item G1.2, begins on page 294, ends at p.441 (http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD/RD_2018-May-25_AGE.pdf).

Earlier this year: In a memo prepared by MV (GVRD) for its board meeting on Feb. 2, 2018, the recommendation was for the “MVRD Board [to] decline the City of Port Moody’s requested amendment to Metro 2040 for the Flavelle Mill Site and not proceed with a Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw.

Port Moody responded with additional material to support its request.

The public hearing minutes from Port Moody’s public hearing on Flavelle (July 25, 2017) were part of the submission to Metro Vancouver, and unfortunately did not capture all official public input since written submissions are not currently summarized in Port Moody’s official minutes.

A few excerpts are included below from the MV (GVRD) board agenda (available at link provided above, which has much more on the topic).

Port Moody responses in rebuttal [emphasis added] to Metro Vancouver’s staff comments in letter dated July 21, 2017 (available at link provided above).

From pages 328-329:

  1. The Flavelle site is no longer viable for industry and its current use as a sawmill:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. Re-designating the Flavelle site would not place added pressure for the conversion of adjacent industrial lands:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. The Flavelle site is not expected to negatively impact the Moody Centre Frequent Transit Development Area’s ability to accommodate anticipated density to support rapid transit:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. Additional detailed planning work has now been completed to address the Special Study Overlay on the site and to evaluate the proposal and the regional impacts of converting industrial lands to mixed-use transit-oriented development:

[… includes bullet points to support statement, including the following, page 330]

  • The light industrial employment generated from the required 9,570m² (103,010ft²) minimum floorspace equates to approximately 186 full time equivalent jobs (based on a ratio of 1.81 employees/1000 ft² used in the Urban Futures report). The redevelopment proposal therefore results in a net increase of 126 industrial jobs on the site.
  1. The viability of the site for industrial activities is considered to be limited, and the loss of particular characteristics can be mitigated by providing new and more intensive employment generating activities on site and relocating existing jobs to more appropriate locations in the region:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. The pressure for conversion of nearby/adjacent active industrial lands, including identification of how the industrial/residential interface, will be minimized as follows:

[… includes bullet points to support statement]

  1. The proposed development complements the strong planning work for Moody Centre and Coronation Park in terms of planned growth and density and provides additional density to support the new Skytrain stations and achieve Port Moody’s population and employment targets:

[… includes bullet points to support statement, including the following, page 331]

  • “The City’s RCS employment goal is 11,527 jobs by 2041 (Port Moody currently has an estimated 7,300 full- and part-time jobs). The estimated 1,130 full-time equivalent jobs on the site represents 26% of the additional jobs required to reach this 2041 employment goal.
  • The City’s RCS population goal is 50,000 residents by 2041 (Port Moody currently has a population of 33,550). The estimated population of approximately 7,000 residents on the site represents 42% of the additional population required to reach this 2041 population goal.

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Traffic analysis, from agenda page 356:

From council’s April 10, 2018 meeting:
Item 9.1, Flavelle Oceanfront District, excerpt:
“The site can only be re-designated by the City from industrial to other uses if its regional industrial designation in Metro 2040 is removed. A simple majority vote (50% +1) of the Board is required to amend Metro 2040 for this type of application. If the Board approves the amendment to Metro 2040, Council can then consider adoption of the OCP amendment bylaw which creates a new OCP designation of Oceanfront District for the Flavelle site.”

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) has followed this process closely and for more information, use the search bar (Flavelle, Mill and Timber, Oceanfront), or scroll.

For example, see: Flavelle Oceanfront Development — open house, part two.

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Public Lands Update – June 2018 — Request for Proposals (RFP) from potential developers

Public Lands Update – June 2018 — Request for Proposals (RFP) from potential developers

The OCP and rezoning amendments put to public hearing on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 were deferred pending a referendum in conjunction with the October 20, 2018 municipal election. However, in the meantime, a majority of council agreed to solicit proposals from potential developers.

The information below is from city webpage here.

“At the April 10, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council, Council reviewed the results of a public hearing and a report from staff regarding proposed changes to the Official Community Plan (OCP) land use designation and zoning for the former Fire Hall and current Works Yard sites (200 Ioco Road and 3250 Murray Street), and passed the following motions:

THAT this item be postponed until a referendum can be held on the issue;
-AND THAT staff be directed to report back with potential wording options, further details required, and the process and costs for a referendum regarding the retention or disposition of the Works Yard and Former Fire Hall sites to take place on October 20, 2018;
-AND THAT a Request For Proposals be drafted based on previous direction of Council to form the basis of the information provided to the public regarding the referendum question.

Request for Proposals (RFP) [click on underlined section for link] has now been drafted and is open for responses from interested parties from June 1 to August 1, 2018. Proposals submitted will be open for award until March 1, 2019. This RFP does not commit the City to select a successful proponent or to award or enter into any contracts.”

“The City of Port Moody is interested in developing two key parcels of land in Inlet Centre as part of ongoing plans to create a more complete neighbourhood, provide more public amenities, and create a broad range of housing choices. The two parcels are the former Fire Hall and current Works Yard sites, located at 200 Ioco Road and 3250 Murray Street. The Properties are well situated within an established development node, and supported by a significant investment in rapid transit with the opening of the Inlet Centre SkyTrain station. These Properties present a unique opportunity to provide a comprehensive landmark development, consistent with previous high-quality and successful developments.”

The city webpage link contains multiple other links for more information including first item:

  1. RFP18-05: Development of the Former Fire Hall and Current Works Yard Sites

Image below is from page 20 of 37 page Request for Proposals document.

Related, recent post on this site:

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Shoreline Shuttle

Shoreline Shuttle

The city has launched a pilot project for a free bus shuttle for the summer months as shown in the map below.

For more information, visit the city webpage link here.

Related:

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Moody Centre Community Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) — 2018

Moody Centre Community Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) — 2018

The above is part of the official invitation; for complete flyer, click PDF link below:
2018-MCCA flyer AGM

We once again thank the Port Moody Liquor Store (St. Johns/Williams) for contributing to our door prize/raffle draw. While all new and renewing members will receive a raffle ticket, any attendee can purchase additional tickets at $2 apiece or three for $5.

We hope to see a good turnout, and a good discussion!

And, as always, we welcome comments and questions by email or online on our website.

Please note: while the AGM is for Moody Centre residents as shown in the map above, we welcome ongoing interaction with other neighbourhood/community groups and residents. We’re a small city and it’s great to share and work together for the benefit of the entire community of Port Moody.

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Changing neighbourhoods, May 2018 — photos

Changing neighbourhoods, May 2018 — photos

Click on images to enlarge.

Related:
Site preparation, Marcon property, St George Street (3000 block)
—June 13, 2017 Public Hearing, Item 1: 2313-2315 St. Johns Street

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Council items for May 22, incl. significant development procedure changes, zoning applications; in the news

Council items for May 22, incl. significant development procedure changes, zoning applications; in the news

Council meeting May 22 agenda; public hearings
Prior to council meeting, there are two items for public hearing:

  • Rezoning application, 2514 St. George Street, small lot subdivision (RS1 to RS1-S)
  • Rezoning application, 120 Water Street, small lot subdivision (A1 to RS1)

The public hearing(s) start at 7:00 pm at city hall, with the regular council meeting following the public hearings. Anyone wishing to comment on the public hearing items can do so in-person and/or by email to clerks@portmoody.ca (before 12:00 noon on May 22).

There are public input opportunities near the beginning and at the end of the regular meeting. Written comments can be sent to council@portmoody.ca (and clerks@portmoody.ca), but please note written comments will not be captured in official records.

Visit city webpages here or here for complete agenda information. Table of contents below.

Item 12.3 of the agenda table of contents, not shown above, has an unusual bit released from a March 27, 2018 closed council meeting, which council has decided to publish at this time for reasons unknown. It is about censuring Councillor Vagramov for comments made more than two years ago (Feb. 9, 2016) during a discussion regarding PCT expansion. A few contentious PCT discussions took place in 2015 and 2016 and MCCA reported on one very heated meeting held on December 1, 2015: Burrard Inlet, Port Moody Arm — questions on soil and contaminants, PCT expansion, and also included a brief follow-up on the Feb. 9, 2016 meeting (see MCCA archives).

UPDATE: During council verbal reports near the end of the meeting, Councillor Vagramov responded to the released censure item. It can be viewed on archived video here: http://portmoodybc.swagit.com/play/05222018-1887

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Note item 9.4: Amendments to Development Approval Procedures. This is a follow-up to Council’s April 17, 2018 meeting (Committee of the Whole, not a “regular” meeting) which included recommendations to “streamline” development application reviews.

Recommendations included disbanding the Advisory Design Panel (ADP), re-ordering steps in the process, and eliminating the long-standing opportunity for official public input at Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) review meetings. (CPAC was formerly known as the Land Use Committee.) MCCA reported on this in a post (April 20): Cumbersome or valuable? Community volunteers and citizen input, changes to procedures.

The proposed changes are very significant. While there may be opportunities and room for improvement in development approval procedures, it’s an extremely important process that requires very careful consideration. We (MCCA) recommend people have a look at agenda item 9.4 and consider providing comment and/or questions to council. It’s not an easy read, unfortunately, given the major changes proposed.

Below is a small excerpt (page 254 of the agenda package) that may be cause for concern.

“The Public Hearing style public input at CPAC meetings has provided an additional consultation option; however, it also has led to confusion with members of the public who assume that CPAC is making decisions about land use [ed. note: CPAC was formerly known as the Land Use Committee, this is confusing]. Staff have heard concerns and criticism when, after a CPAC meeting, the review process continues despite strong public opposition. The fact that an application still needs to be considered by Council following a CPAC meeting is not always appreciated by the public [ed. note: we’re not sure when this changed, but in the past the committee could reject the proposal and typically it would come back revised to the committee prior to being forwarded to council]. Moreover, some of the public input at CPAC meetings has been extensive and has dominated the meeting, reducing the time for the Committee members to discuss their own considerations about the project. This raises the question whether extensive public input is best considered by CPAC or rather by Council, which is the body that makes the ultimate decisions on land use [ed. note: the majority of individuals on CPAC are members of council (7), currently with 6 community members]. The current Terms of Reference for CPAC do not include the consideration of public input, but rather, “representations for proposed land use designation changes and rezoning applications”.

“Staff recommend that public input be heard at developer information meetings rather than at the CPAC meetings.”

Can public input at developer information meetings be a proper substitute for on the record input at CPAC?

[Ed. note: Both the original and updated CPAC Terms of Reference, approved May 22, 2018 (same date as council meeting), contain this sentence in section 4.2: “Committee meetings will be open to the public, who will be afforded the opportunity to provide comments regarding proposed land use designation changes or rezoning applications.” That suggests status quo; no change in opportunity for public input.  PDF copy here: 2018-May-CPAC terms of reference. The original version with “tracked changes” can be found in the agenda package here.]

Confused?

The above excerpts (in quotes) are a mere snippet excerpted from 50+ pages.

UPDATE: Council voted to approve this proposal (4:2), Councillors Madsen and Vagramov opposed, Councillor Royer absent.

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UPDATE: At the last regular council meeting, item 9.5, Managing Port Moody’s Growth as Job #1 – Proposal to Affirm the OCP’s Growth Targets, Initiate Development Horizon Updates, and Conduct Growth Impact Reviews, a proposal by Councillor Madsen (with Councillor Vagramov), was defeated by council (5:2). A PDF link to the 20-page report is included in MCCA’s last post regarding the May 8th meeting (see earlier post below).

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REMINDER:  Last Saturday, May 12, 2018, the city held a Zoning Bylaw Open House. For more information, we strongly encourage you to visit the city webpage here, which has links to the presentation and an online survey (deadline “before Monday, May 28”). This is a very important bylaw update with major changes — let the city know your thoughts.

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A sampling of recent news items relevant to Port Moody

In the news, a sampling, real-estate and housing related:

In the news, a sampling, general:

The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) welcomes your comments, via email or as a comment online.

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Council meeting May 8 agenda; taxes, managing growth, and much more

Council meeting May 8 agenda; taxes, managing growth, and much more

Image below from agenda item 9.5 (managing growth), see below for summary

 

As is usual, the regular council meeting starts at 7:00 pm at City Hall. There are public input opportunities near the beginning and at the end of the meeting. Written comments can be sent to council@portmoody.ca (and clerks@portmoody.ca), but please note written comments will not be captured in official records.

Visit city webpages here or here for complete agenda information. Table of contents below.  Click on image to enlarge.

Items 7.2 and 7.3 refer to financial information and the proposed property tax increase of 4.6% (4.8% including utility fees approved earlier). This was discussed at the previous council meeting and is now ready for adoption.

Note item 9.5: Managing Port Moody’s Growth as Job #1 – Proposal to Affirm the OCP’s Growth Targets, Initiate Development Horizon Updates, and Conduct Growth Impact Reviews. This is a 20-page memo submitted by Councillor Madsen recommending a more proactive, comprehensive approach to managing Port Moody’s anticipated growth, including quarterly reviews. View the entire report using the agenda link provided above, or click on the PDF link below (item 9.5 only).
20-page report, PDF2018-05-08-Managing Port Moody Growth

The Moody Centre Community Association has touched upon this topic a number of times. For example:

We welcome your comments, via email or as a comment online.

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