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PoMo OCP draft at council Tuesday
The main planning document for the city of Port Moody is coming back before council Tuesday night.
And residents will get another chance to have their say later this month.
The official community plan (OCP) is up for its regular five-year revision and PoMo mayor and council will be receiving all the feedback accepted at city hall since the last round of public consultation meetings in June, said Mary De Paoli, manager of planning.
The 2013 draft version of the OCP reflects a focus on the future installation of two Evergreen Line stations and the potential accompanying development that could occur, she explained, amongst other concerns. Further revisions can still be made if council so wishes after reviewing the response from taxpayers and outside agencies.
Two town hall meetings were held in June, preceded by a May presentation to council of public engagement results and a draft version of the plan. About 250 feedback forms were received during the three-week period in April and May when the online survey was active.
The forms asked respondents to show, on a scale of one to five (1 being "Don't Like" and 5 being "Like"), their thoughts on the proposal for each of the seven sub-areas in the OCP.
Some of the results included queries to the public about the Gateway, a mixed-use neighbourhood with building heights of six to 12 storeys at the end of Barnet Highway; a prominent public art piece; and development that complements the nearby heritage conservation area. Sixty per cent of respondents liked the idea while 17% were neutral and 23% didn't like it.
Other results included discussion about Inlet Centre and giving consideration for mid- and highrise buildings in Coronation Park of three to 30 storeys; multi-family housing up to four storeys in the 3300-block of Dewdney Trunk Road; mixed-use developments of up to 12 storeys on the north side and up to six storeys on the south side would be considered. The Honda dealership, Esso station and Onni Suter Brook Parcel D sites could also be up to 30 storeys. In that instance, 54% liked the proposal while 12% were neutral and 34% didn't like it.
Concerns throughout the survey focused on increased traffic, the need for more parks and open space, pedestrian and cyclist use, impacts on view corridors and, in some areas, lower building heights and density.
Another town hall meeting is scheduled for Sept. 30, said De Paoli, and this will again give the public the opportunity to directly speak to council. A short presentation will kick off the night but the PoMo residents are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas.