2015-03-24 — OCP Public Hearing, March 24, 2015, speaking notes

Good evening. Hazel Mason on behalf of the Moody Centre Community Association.

First, and most important for the public record, this process has felt more like a put-out-fires public relations exercise — not a balanced and inclusive community consultation.

Second, we’ve never seen a cost-benefit business plan. Metro Vancouver still points out some number problems, including employment.

Third, Moody Centre is the most affected area, and residents haven’t had the benefit of a neighbourhood consultation.

Coronation Park will get that opportunity, and that’s a good thing — but what about Moody Centre?

If this amended plan is passed tonight, I hope some corrective action can still be taken.

The good neighbour guidelines on council’s agenda tonight are about respecting neighbours. Consider that in Moody Centre many homes could be adjacent to 4 to 6 storey buildings, and quite close to buildings much higher — talk about a monster discrepancy!

Are Moody Centre residents valued? Or not?

MoneySense magazine recently ranked Moody Centre #1 in greater Vancouver — partly for tree-lined streets, backyards and a sense of community.

A sense of community … when people feel included and valued in their neighbourhood, and they give back.

Some technical issues —

Materials for this hearing and subsequent council meeting are very brief and missing relevant information.

The letter from Metro Vancouver dated March 10th identifies outstanding problems, including employment and other numbers seriously out of alignment, and protection of industrial land. Port Moody’s job projections are only about half the number in the regional agreement — a huge difference.

MetroVan also notes weak language in the plan.

Inconsistencies remain; for example, the Oceanfront District (Mill and Timber industrial site) has been deleted, but the OCP’s Chapter 9, Economic Development refers to potential redevelopment and residential uses in the Oceanfront District. It’s a problem.

The plan still lacks measurement tools to ensure changes occur in a sustainable way, and without unintended consequences. For example, measurement tools for density, types of residential and commercial units, green space and parks, community amenities, employment, industry, and more.

Developer contributions aren’t defined.

Moody Centre Station Transit Oriented Development area: designated 4-12 storeys, unless density bonusing is applied — what exactly does this mean? How high, how many storeys, and what’s the minimum bonus for residents?

The plan talks about “stepping down” — meaning gradual changes so new developments don’t have an undue impact on neighbours. How can a 6-storey development next to single-family residential be reasonable “stepping down”? It’s comparable to a very giant “monster home” towering over its neighbours.

What about public space?

What about publicly owned (for now) Kyle Centre?

What about the former fire hall site at Murray St. and Ioco?

Are there defined policies for the sale of public land? Including public consultation?

Why is the Boathouse restaurant section of Rocky Point Park now labelled General Urban, not conservation and recreation? (Just one example from the table ‘Summary of Changes to Regional Land Use Designations Map in OCP’.) What implications, if any, does this have?

Moody Centre is the bull’s eye, but the plan affects all areas and all residents.

Thank you.

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