Election 2011 – candidates speak on issues

VOTE SMART 2011: Port Moody Council
Source:  The Tri-City News
posted Nov 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Excerpts.  For full article, see:
http://www.tricitynews.com/news/election/133385383.html

Clay: Control development in Moody

Clay is also adamant the city won’t approve density along the Evergreen Line until infrastructure is in place to support it. Calling the $1.4-billion rapid transit system that will run adjacent to CP Rail tracks the single biggest change to the city since the rail tracks were first laid 125 years ago, he said he will be cautious about making sure development doesn’t overrun the city, particularly in Moody Centre, where he said the line will transform the neighbourhood.

“There is going to be a lot of problems if we just start slapping up condos everywhere,” he said. “We need balance and development that we can accept.”

He also expects the city to re-open the official community plan and promises “total disclosure and clarity” in the process.

Clay envisions bringing new life to Moody Centre, where he lives; he would like to see more shops and services to serve existing as well as new residents. He supports the idea of pedestrian linkages to the waterfront and even a plaza over the rail line. He thinks there is also the possibility of building a technology park near the West Coast Express station, although he noted, “It’s in the hands of TransLink.”

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DIANA DILWORTH

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today, and your position on that?

The arrival of the Evergreen Line is absolutely the most important issue facing our city, not just today but likely for the next five to 10 years. The city has spent years shaping our community in anticipation of the line and we must now be prepared to deal with multi-year construction issues which will have significant impact for residents and businesses. Once it’s established, there will be great pressure for increased residential and commercial growth around the station locations. The next council needs to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure the Evergreen Line is integrated into our community in a way that is in our best interests.

BOB ELLIOTT

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

I believe it is our lack of transportation in this region. This affects businesses, people-moving and car-oriented commuting. We must continue to hold TransLink and the provincial government accountable.

RICK GLUMAC

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Transportation is the big issue and construction of the Evergreen Line will begin soon. We have to do what we can to minimize disruption to residents and businesses and work proactively to ensure that we avoid some of the crime issues that other communities have seen around Skytrain stations.

GERRY NUTTALL

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

Control over the rapid expansion of Moody Centre as the Evergreen Line materializes. We have to work quickly with residents and businesses to create a vision of how we want the area to develop. We then have to be proactive to see that our vision becomes a reality.

ZOË ROYER

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The greatest threat to Port Moody is what SkyTrain construction did to Cambie Street businesses. Some well-established businesses did not survive what was supposed to be good for them. We can’t let that happen here.

ROSEMARY SMALL

What is the most important issue facing Port Moody residents today and your position on that?

The most important issue, I feel, is that the city lacks a sustainable business plan. We need to plan for our future, encourage business not only to stay but to relocate to Port Moody. Our city’s tax base has steadily decreased while the homeowners’ taxes have significantly increased. A solid business plan would address this problem.

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