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July 28,2009 Tri City News

A meeting to review Port Moody's draft official community plan was cut short on Saturday because city council said it does not have enough information about transit developments.

Mayor Joe Trasolini told The Tri-City News that despite efforts to steer the conversation away from issues such as the future of the Murray-Clarke Connector and the Evergreen Line, it was clear the review could not go forward.

Council voted unanimously to postpone the official community plan review until Oct. 31, when the future of the two major infrastructure projects will be clearer.

"We said, 'Let's wait until we have a better idea on transportation,'" Trasolini said. "We have lived with the promises of Murray-Clarke overpass and for rapid transit. None of the councillors are prepared to look at a planning document at this point."

Trasolini said he thought it might be possible for council to discuss the OCP without dealing with the transit issue.

"I thought we had an understanding," he said. "Notwithstanding the feeling around transit, let's put it aside for now."

TransLink's Council of Mayors will be presented with the regional transportation authority's plans at the end of this month.

Trasolini said that if that document does not include the Murray-Clarke Connector or the Evergreen Line, the province has until Oct. 31 to outline its plans for the projects.

Despite the numerous delays and the current uncertainty, Trasolini said he is still optimistic both projects will be built.

"It was front and centre in the last [provincial] election," he said. "How does one not build it?"

While the OCP review meeting was cut short, Eric Sansfield, a Port Moody realtor, said he had several concerns about density allotments outlined in the document.

He told The Tri-City News on Tuesday that despite the community's wishes that no more towers be build in the Inlet Centre area, the plan presented shows higher density.

"We can't handle it," he said. "Right now, we are maxed out."

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