Moody Centre Community Association, Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Moody Centre Community Association, Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We wish to thank the Port Moody Liquor Store (St. Johns/Williams) for contributing to our raffle draw.

For complete flyer, click below:
2017-05-25-MCCA-AGM flyer

Update: The board of directors for 2017-2018 is Chris Staddon, president; Hazel Mason, vice-president; Dave Maxwell, treasurer; and directors-at-large Denise Meiners, Steve Milani, Laura Dick, and Lori Holdenried.

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Narrow lots, laneway homes, monster homes — CPAC meeting May 2, 2017

Narrow lots, laneway homes, monster homes — CPAC meeting May 2, 2017

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Update: This material is now on council’s agenda for May 9, 2017, following a public hearing beginning at 7:00 pm.  Unlike typical land use meetings, there was no in-person public input at the CPAC meeting on May 2, but written submissions are posted with the agenda material for that meeting.  There is a public input opportunity at the May 9th council meeting.

Related: Tri-City News, May 12, 2017, New zoning could help preserve Port Moody heritage
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Agenda looks at several areas in Port Moody, including Moody Centre, Glenayre, Seaview, Pleasantside

Image below is just one of several in package.

Ambitious agenda (37 pages).

Recommended Resolutions

THAT the zoning provisions to implement small lot subdivisions in Moody Centre, Seaview and Pleasantside be endorsed as recommended in the report dated April 25, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Neighbourhood-based RS1 Zoning Changes.

THAT the RS1 zoning provisions to implement laneway homes in a pilot area of Moody Centre be endorsed as recommended in the report dated April 25, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Neighbourhood-based RS1 Zoning Changes.

THAT the RS1 zoning provisions to discourage ‘monster homes’ in Glenayre, Moody Centre, Pleasantside, and Seaview, including reducing height, increasing side yard setbacks, reducing site coverage, clarifying how FAR is calculated, reducing FAR, introducing landscaping requirements, and restricting front-yard fences, be endorsed as recommended in the report dated April 25, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Neighbourhood-based RS1 Zoning Changes.

THAT the RS1 zoning provisions to implement heritage character home retention (RS1-H) in Moody Centre be endorsed as recommended in the report dated April 25, 2017 from Development Services Department – Planning Division regarding Neighbourhood-based RS1 Zoning Changes.”

A link to the complete agenda package for May 2nd is at Port Moody webpage 2017 Committee Agendas & Minutes.

The meeting will be in council chambers, 7:00 pm, and residents can comment in person and/or by email to clerks@portmoody.ca before noon on May 2, 2017.

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Community update — Coronation Park, eco-sculpture for Rocky Point Park

Community update — Coronation Park, eco-sculpture for Rocky Point Park

Amended OCP plan for Coronation Park passed 3rd reading at council on April 25, 2017. The amendment is major and will transform the neighbourhood from RS1 single-family with some multi-family areas into much higher density including towers.

Related, Tri-City News opinion, April 27, 2017:
Letter: First, they came for Coronation Park…
See posts below for additional information and links.
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Eco-sculpture at Rocky Point Park

“The City has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Government of Canada to design and build an eco-sculpture – a sculpture made from living plants attached to a metal frame – in celebration of Canada 150, a cross-country celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The eco-sculpture, which will reflect Port Moody’s close connection to nature, will be installed in Rocky Point Park in August 2017.”

City webpage with more information and voting link is here.

Update:  The bear received the most votes.

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Taxes — 2017

Taxes — 2017

From council agenda package for April 25, 2017:
“The draft Financial Plan Bylaw includes a 4.97% operating tax increase and a 1% capital Asset Levy tax increase, and sets the property tax increase at 5.97%. The utility user fees proposed in the Utility Financial Plan were approved by Council in the Fees Bylaw at a Regular Meeting of Council on November 1, 2016. Together with the utility increases, the blended or total property charge increase is 5.24%.
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Property Charges
The 2017 Financial Plan presented for Council’s approval shows a total property tax charge increase of 5.97% for the average household assessed at $856,000 for 2017, or $121 for the year ($2.33 per week). The total blended property charge, which includes property tax and utility levies, is estimated at approximately $3,266 for the average household, an increase of 5.24% from 2016.”

The full information package is available from city webpage 2017 Minutes & Agendas; select the link for April 25th.

Related:
Council agenda, April 26, 2016: Taxes, Transportation Plan, Public Hearings, more
Port Moody City Taxes — more graphs, samples, and information [June 2016]
Changing neighbourhoods: Demovictions, heritage, and taxes [June 2016]

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Port Moody planning updates — progress?

Port Moody planning updates — progress?

City planning updates

  • Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Area Plan
  • Coronation Park Area Plan
  • Bold Properties (Westport)

Special Study Areas

  • Flavelle
  • Andres (Westport)
  • Ioco Lands

Related:
Port Moody and Moody Centre growth and speculation: sections vs. overall picture
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Moody Centre Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Area Plan

Note: The current OCP map indicates buildings in the range of 4-12 storeys; see image further below (with the proposed amendment this goes up to 40 storeys).

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“CLAIM: Developers will use the Maximum Heights in the OCP as their Minimum.

REALITY: This is really just a ridiculous statement. If the OCP says that, for example, heights allowed will be between 4-12 storeys, then that’s what they will be. Council is under no obligation to accept any development even if it is under 4 storeys. Only a weak Council would accept a developer treating them that way, and any ‘normal’ Council would simply reject the developers proposals if they do not align with the aspirations of the community in any particular area.”

Source: http://www.mikeclay.ca/blog/setting-the-record-straight (November 2014)
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A summary of feedback provided to the city from Open House #2 is now available on the city website:
http://www.portmoody.ca/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=13852

For additional information and links, visit the city webpage for Moody Centre TOD plan.

Of 88 surveys received for Open House #2, 49 identify as living in the area (39 outside area).

The city analysis concludes about 62% approve of the plan, and 33% do not approve (5% neutral).

In the comments section, 4 pages are labelled “Very” or “Somewhat” supportive, and about 5 pages labelled “Very” or “Somewhat” opposed.

In the city summary of feedback from Open House #1 (123 responses), almost 40% were not supportive of any of the three scenarios presented, while 61% of respondents made positive comments towards one of the three built-form scenarios — ranging from 12% to 26% (added together resulting in the 61% calculation). In other words, significantly more people were opposed to any scenario, and Scenario A (least aggressive growth) received the next highest support (26%).

The City is “expecting to present a staff recommendation on the TOD Area Plan to Council in late spring 2017. The recommendation will request Council’s approval to draft an OCP amendment that will further detail policies, financing, implementation and phasing based on a recommended Land Use Concept. The concept will be based on the guiding principles, public consultation feedback, and the latest survey results.” Stay tuned.

Most recent earlier MCCA post on this subject:
Moody Centre TOD planning — Open House #2, March 1, 2017
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Coronation Park Area Plan

The red perimeter line on these maps indicates the Port Moody/Coquitlam border.
The Coronation Park Area Plan is on council’s agenda for Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

On January 17, 2017, Council endorsed the Recommended Land Use Concept for the Coronation Park Neighbourhood Plan, and asked staff to prepare an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment as a first step towards implementing the Plan.

 

 

Staff will present a draft OCP Amendment for Council’s consideration at 7pm on Tuesday, April 11 in Council Chambers (100 Newport Drive). Should Council support the draft OCP Amendment by giving it first and second reading, a Public Hearing would be scheduled before its final adoption. The agenda package for the April 11 Council meeting is available online and includes draft OCP text and map amendments.

Related:
Coronation Park Neighbourhood Plan Open House (May 2016)
Upcoming discussion: Bert Flinn Park, Aragon development; and Coronation Park neighbourhood (Sept. 2016)
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Bold Properties (Westport)

The proposal for 38 townhomes was discussed at the Community Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting this past Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The plan will now be considered at an upcoming council meeting.

There were no objections to the concept of townhomes, but public concerns included the number of units (38 to replace 6 current single-family residences), amount of parking for residents and visitors, placement of garbage/recycle/green waste bins next to fence abutting existing complex, shadowing of immediate neighbours (and loss of privacy), loss of green space and animal/bird habitat.

Something learned: Tandem parking (2 spots where one vehicle parks in front of another in a garage, not side by side) do not count as 2 spots in Port Moody’s zoning bylaw, and approval of tandem to meet parking requirements requires a variance. Several past proposals (i.e., not Bold Properties) have included tandem parking.

The meeting video is available on the city website: http://portmoodybc.swagit.com/play/04042017-2337.

Related:
Bold Properties — Community Information Meeting (38 townhomes)
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Special Study Areas

Flavelle: Awaiting approval from Metro Vancouver to change land designation from industrial. See prior posts on this subject. Concept includes building up to 38 storeys.

Andres (Westport):   Awaiting approval from Metro Vancouver to change land designation from industrial. See prior posts on this subject. Concept includes building up to 31 storeys.

Ioco Lands: Public engagement began in 2015, but the land owner (Brilliant Circle Group) recently changed its lead architect and project leader from James Cheng to Peter Busby. See New architect for Ioco Townsite project (Tri-City News, March 7, 2017.)

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Bold Properties — Community Information Meeting (38 townhomes)

Bold Properties — Community Information Meeting (38 townhomes)

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Update: The Community Planning Advisory Committee (formerly Land Use Committee) will review the application from Bold Properties to the City on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:00 pm. City material can be accessed here. Comments can be provided to the committee in person at the meeting and/or in writing by noon on April 4 to clerks@portmoody.ca. The property currently has 6 single-family homes. MCCA welcomes your comments.
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Thurs., March 23, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.)

To view the Bold information flyer, click on pdf link below.

2017-03-16-Bold Edgestone invitation flier – final

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Port Moody and Moody Centre growth and speculation: sections vs. overall picture

Port Moody and Moody Centre growth and speculation: sections vs. overall picture

Current official discussions for major development in Moody Centre include “Westport” (Andres Wines site), Flavelle Oceanfront, Moody Centre transit-oriented development (TOD), plus numerous smaller but significant projects.

(In Port Moody but outside of “old town” Moody Centre, potential major development includes the established Coronation Park neighbourhood, city-owned land for sale or lease (former firehall and current public works yard), and the north shore Ioco lands, all examples of recent high-profile discussions/projects.)

Combined, these potential developments represent massive change. This site has much more information on the areas mentioned; just use the search bar, scroll, or check out the drop-down menus.

Feedback to the city on it’s recommended scenario for the Moody Centre TOD area is requested by March 17. The recommended scenario appears to arise more from city planning wishes and consultations with representatives from the development industry than from resident feedback spanning a number of years.

See Moody Centre TOD planning — Open House #2, March 1, 2017 for more information.
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In the news, excerpted (click on title links for full articles) …

Commercial Real Estate: Port Moody Centre looks to grow up, way up
By Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun, March 14, 2017

Port Moody has taken another step toward converting the lands around the new Moody Centre Evergreen Line station into a high-density hub with as many as four 40-storey towers.
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The goal is to create a dense, more walkable transit hub with mixed-use residential and commercial towers similar to what is being built in Brentwood town centre in Burnaby and other regional transit development hubs.
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[Vancitybuzz online, artist rendering of Burnaby Brentwood Mall site (28 acres)]

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Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said the development community hasn’t responded to the current zoning permissions for the area. “There is no value in building in that form,” he said in an interview. “Once you get over six storeys, and you have to get way from wood frame, the costs go up a lot to build with concrete and steel.”
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The preferred plan unveiled on March 1 was based on a combination of scenarios previously presented to the public, said James Stiver, Port Moody’s general manager of development services. “It has been tweaked on public input and other issues that we’ve been resolving,” he told The Sun at the open house.
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The preferred option goes too far, said Chris Staddon of the Moody Centre Community Association. “The density is too high. St. John’s Street is already inundated with traffic and our park space is limited. We have Rocky Point Park, which is basically at a maximum-use point now,” he said.

“A general concern is that council is slicing off little sections of Port Moody for development without looking at the overall picture,” he said.

Staddon said it i’s clear that transit hubs are where development indeed needs to happen, but this is a “little bit aggressive”. Bringing an additional 4,000 residents into the city could also put a strain on other services, he said.

“Council seems to be focused on just getting these things built,” he said. “Has anybody looked at the schools? The hospitals? Everything else around it?”
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Building forms and geography

Port Moody’s OCP Hazardous Lands map is here.

Port Moody has had past land slides, and sinkholes during Skytrain construction. Many low lying areas have soil comprised of sand and silt.

Areas of San Francisco have some similarities to Port Moody.

The leaning tower of problems: Who will pay for San Francisco’s US$750 million tilting highrise?
James Tarmy and Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg News
(Financial Post)
January 31, 2017

Nina Agabian, a retired director of research in global health science at the University of California, bought a 29th-floor apartment in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower in 2010. “It was supposed to be a wonderful building,” she said in January, sitting in a leather chair in the building’s vast, low-lit, owner’s-club level. “For many of us, who left our business lives to start our older years, this had become a nice, comfortable place.”
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The 58-storey tower’s shine faded on May 10, 2016, when Agabian attended a homeowners association meeting and was informed that the building had sunk 16 inches into the earth and tilted over 15 inches at its tip and 2 inches at the base, according to suits filed by residents and the city of San Francisco. “You can imagine how distressed we were to know that, for one, our lifetime investment and savings are at risk,” she said. “And we have no idea whether or not there’s a fix to it, and if there is a fix to it, what it will entail.”

The building, meanwhile, continues to sink.
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Castle in the sand
Since the mid-19th century, the city of San Francisco has expanded its shoreline by dumping debris into its coastal marshlands and transferring sand and clay from the ocean bed onto land. Much of downtown San Francisco, including parts of Mission Street, where Millennium Tower was built, is constructed on this loose, wet soil. But the city’s proximity to two major faults–the San Andreas and the Hayward–could render that same ground unstable in an earthquake, said Keith Knudsen, the deputy director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center. “The soft material tends to amplify the parts of the shaking–the earthquake’s wavelengths–which are damaging to buildings,” he said.
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