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Jan 23,2015 Tri City News

Date: 23-Jan-2015

Port Moody 's OCP amendments part of next week's council agenda

  • by  Sarah Payne - The Tri-City News
  • posted Jan 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Port Moody council will be considering a timeline to amend the city's official community plan in the wake of a Metro Vancouver lawsuit filed last November.

    The regional government filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court on Nov. 13 to quash PoMo's OCP, stating two land use designation amendments did not comply the Metro's Regional Growth Strategy (RGS).

    The board rejected changes to the Mill and Timber and former Andrés Wines sites from industrial to general urban as being premature given there were no accompanying comprehensive development plans for those areas.

    The agenda for next Tuesday's council meeting includes a staff report on a proposed plan for amending the OCP's Regional Context Statement to bring it in line with Metro's RGS.

    If the plan is approved, council would consider first and second readings of the OCP amendments at its Feb. 10 meeting, followed by a 30-day consultation period with neighbouring municipalities and First Nations, a public hearing on March 24 and subsequent referral of the revised context statement to Metro Vancouver.

    The timeline would allow PoMo to have its revisions in to Metro Vancouver before the March 31 court deadline.

    Staff noted in the report that if council proceeds with changing the land use designations for the Andrés and Mill and Timber sites back to general industrial the Special Study Area overlay could still apply.

    "The SSA overlay simply indicates that prior to consideration of any future land-use change for these sites, comprehensive development plans must be completed," the report states, adding the designation changes and further detail on the intention behind the SSA overlay "would achieve the consistency with the RGS that the Metro Board is seeking and address the expressed concerns."

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