Letter: Tri-Cities density is inevitable, so let’s maximize it

The Editor: 

Re. "Port Moody council cautiously optimistic about Coronation Park plan” (The Tri-City News, May 21)

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Prioritizing less density might be the right move for today, but the wrong move for tomorrow.

Almost every article written about development proposals in Port Moody is about council wanting less density, more green space, etc. The most recent case is the Coronation Park development. The largest difference being: This development is supposed to be dense. But how dense?

I think it is time for the residents of Port Moody to think about this in a different light. Can creating denser hubs allow us to more easily meet our goals of less density and more green space in other areas?

It seems a lot of the fears about density are rooted in ruining the “Port Moody Experience.” This experience is something that I love as well, even as a non-resident. I can also assure you that this is going to change over time, mostly out of Port Moody's control, as Coquitlam continues to aggressively create density two Skytrain stops in either direction.

Is you're worry the breweries will fill up? They will, likely with people from the already very dense Coquitlam Town Centre.

Are you worried about Rocky Point becoming too packed? It will be, likely with people from newly developed Burquitlam and Lougheed towers.

So with that in mind, let's control what you can, at home. Take advantage of an area zoned for density and allow a few extra floors on the towers and turn a few of those town homes into more green space. 

Here's hoping that The Grande at Suterbrook and Coronation Park are the last towers built in Port Moody for a long time.

Mike Bourgeois, Coquitlam

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