MetroVanWatch is tracking issues in Port Moody as it is the current frontline of discussions about a Regional Context Statement, which must comply with Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. Each of the region’s 24 local governments is required to submit and RCS – which is equivalent to an Official Community Plan or Official Development plan, which ends up filed in Victoria. The deadline to submit an RCS to Metro Vancouver was July 29, 2013, but some municipalities are taking the time they need to go through the process with their own citizens. Understandably, discussions can lead to differences of views between the stakeholders, but we believe that society is best served if the discussions/decisions are done without rushing, and in an open and transparent way. Some municipalities have done a better job than others. Here are a few excerpts from MCCA news. For full details please visit the site directly.
News is in from Moody Centre Community Association in Port Moody. For direct reading on their site, please
MCCA Newsletter of January 26, 2014. A few excerpts below.
Port Moody budget: A town hall budget meeting will be held Monday, January 27, 2014. Earlier this week, the city hosted some ‘Council Cafe’ sessions, but MCCA did not receive notice in time to advise residents sooner. The town hall details are:
- When: Monday, January 27, 2014
- Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Dr.
- Time: Presentation starts at 7pm
For more information, see http://www.portmoody.ca/index.aspx?page=960
OCP update: The draft Official Community Plan will not be back in full before council this Tuesday, January 28, 2014, as earlier anticipated. However, you can check out other items on the agenda at http://www.portmoody.ca/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=6371.
Item 6.7 relates to the OCP; it is Metro Vancouver Staff Comments on Port Moody’s draft Regional Context Statement, and is 30 pages long.
At the Tuesday, January 14, 2014 council meeting, Hazel Mason, MCCA president, asked council this question:
“At last week’s council committee of the whole, council agreed Coronation Park would have a neighbourhood plan consultation prior to any OCP changes for their neighbourhood. Given the scope and major impacts of the proposed changes in Moody Centre, and as discussed by council in late 2012, will Moody Centre residents receive the same opportunity?”
Mayor Clay said not as the draft currently reads, but council can take the request under advisement.
MCCA responds to statements about our association
At the Port Moody council meeting held on January 14, 2014, some unfair and incorrect statements were made about the Moody Centre Community Association.
Read more on their website…
Council reviewed the draft Official Community Plan (OCP) last Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Some significant changes were made, including removing height references to the Moody Centre transit-oriented development area (rendering below) to allow for “greater flexibility.”
Artists rendering. Not shown in the sketch is traffic, or the 6 storey buildings proposed for the buffer areas, including St. John’s Street and Murray Street. The buildings shown would not be nearly enough to house the increased population projected in the plan for these areas.
Read more on their site…