Ioco traffic concerns PoMo

Port Moody city council is worried future population growth in neighbouring Belcarra could put more traffic pressures on busy Ioco Road.

Council voted Tuesday to communicate its traffic concerns to Belcarra as the village works to complete its official community plan.

“Ioco Road is a rural road,” Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini said. “It doesn’t even have sidewalks in some areas. It was not designed for these traffic volumes so any time we have an opportunity to state that, we do.”

Trasolini added that he also wants to make sure that the village retains it rural designation. Metro Vancouver must approve all official community plans, he said, and it is important the regional body is reminded of Belcarra’s unique position in the region. In a report to PoMo council, staff said that because of its location on the periphery of Metro Vancouver, Belcarra lacks the infrastructure required to sustain a larger population. Therefore, the report said, the village should not be considered as a growth-oriented community.

Belcarra’s OCP population projections are modest in comparison to its municipal neighbours. With only 40 vacant lots left, the village expects growth of one to two households per year and a population increase of 1,000 by 2041. As of 2006, the community had 676 residents living in 296 homes. Belcarra’s OCP, which still must be approved by Metro Vancouver, does not allow for any industrial or commercial activities in the municipality.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
Lack of addiction treatment flagged by crime panel
UPDATE: Man in custody after Port Moody assault, carjacking in Coquitlam
Coquitlam council to get a 2% wage bump in 2015
Suspect in Port Moody assault, carjacking identified, facing multiple charges
B.C. to announce Peace River dam decision
Growing pains for police investigation unit
Mission realtors keep community warm
Mission-based cycling team collects for Christmas Bureau

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.