1.1 Art at Council
Mayor Clay noted that years ago the City created an Annual Art Purchasing policy that recognized the 30+ year tradition of purchasing art at the annual Port Moody Art Association Show and Sale. This tradition allows the City to support the local artistic community by developing a collection of artworks, and provides staff and the public with a unique opportunity to enjoy the art at City facilities.
This past November the City added to its private collection by purchasing an acrylic painting titled 3’s Company by local artist Marilyn Gage (PR: gauge). The piece was selected by the Fire Department and will be on display in the new Inlet Centre Fire Hall when it becomes operational this spring.
2. Public Input
Ruth Foster, Belcarra, representing Mossom Creek Hatchery, thanked the Port Moody Fire Department for their quick response to the Mossom Creek Hatchery fire. She further thanked Council for providing them with rooms in which to hold their meetings, their donation of $10,000 towards the rebuilding of the Mossom Creek Hatchery, the donation of a site trailer and for signing a joint agreement to aid with the issuance of tax receipts to those organizations donating funds towards their rebuilding efforts.
David Spence, Port Moody, thanked City staff and Council for their generosity in recognizing Colonel Richard Moody with the two portraits that he and his wife Donna received at the Volunteer Appreciation dinner. He noted that Colonel Moody’s 201st birthday would have taken place on February 13, 2014.
Deborah Nijdam, Port Moody, noted that she was appreciative that Council heard her request to lower the number of storeys within the Official Community Plan (OCP) in her area and to not bring the OCP forward as a referendum question. She asked that Council make a decision regarding the OCP soon.
Cori Caulfield, Port Moody, Caulfield School of Dance, Spring Street, congratulated Council on the proposed changes to the OCP and asked to submit a petition of 61 names endorsing the Westport Special Study area. She noted that she has been in discussions with Andres Winery who are receptive to a new performing arts centre on or near their lands should they be granted sufficient development rights.
Peter Dasnieres, Port Moody, noted that he does not like the name Westport. He asked if the Andres land would be developed under Development Permit Area 5 and whether they would require a geotechnical report. He noted that the Andres site is a special study area and asked for clarification of which streets are included within this area. He asked if the Charles Street neighbourhood includes all of Westport and commented that of the 50 signatures on the previous petition submitted to Council for the Westport area, only 5 people lived there.
Mayor Clay clarified that the Neighbourhood Area Plan is for the Charles Street portion specifically as per the Council motion, and the Special Study area would be for the entire Andres Winery site. For
the purposes of Metro Vancouver and the Regional Growth Strategy, only the actual winery site is in the industrial zone and the property in the front portion of the site is in the general use residential zone.
The Mayor noted that the City must have Metro Vancouver’s approval for the conversion of industrial property only.
In response to the question regarding Development Permit Area 5, the General Manager of Development Services noted that the area may be in Development Permit Area 2 but will require confirmation on the map. He further noted that the area will likely be a Comprehensive Development Zone and that a number of studies would be required, including a geotechnical report prior to building permit issuance.
Hazel Mason, Port Moody, requested that, as Council had agreed at the last Committee of the Whole meeting to hold a Neighbourhood Plan consultation for the Coronation Park area prior to further OCP changes to their neighbourhood, a Neighbourhood Plan Consultation be held for Moody Centre.
John Grasty, Port Moody, noted that the small town feel is being undermined by a community association claiming to represent Moody Centre. He cited some irregularities that appear to have taken place within the association, such as no minutes or financial statements being circulated to others in Moody Centre. Furthermore, no formal elections are held and no society is registered and members receive no correspondence in the four years he has been a member. He reported that only a select few were able to participate in the Moody Centre Discussion Board. He had requested to sit on the board and meet with the executive and was not able to. He noted that recently some property owners were not able to participate in a Moody Centre Community Association meeting. He reported that two independent surveys were conducted; both indicated that local residents want to see the amenities that are noted in the most recent OCP draft for West Port Moody. He noted that Newport Village and Suter Brook have added to the small town feel by providing meeting spaces. He asked Council to move forward with the proposed changes in the OCP.
Hazel Mason, Port Moody, stated that the Moody Centre Community Association has made every effort to reach out and encourage participation as well as holding Annual General Meetings.
Mr. Jim Millar, Port Moody Heritage Society presented a PowerPoint presentation on the events that the Heritage Society hosted or participated in during the Centennial year.
Some of the events were the Penguin Plunge, Release of Tracks in Time, Living History Listening Stations, Heritage House tour, Easter Extravaganza, providing artifacts for the re-enactment of the first Council meeting, Arts Centre Centennial Celebration, planting a Heritage garden, Fingerling Festival, creating a model of what Clarke Street would have looked like in 1936, Port Moody Today and Yesterday, Canada Day telegraph demonstration, Festival of Wood, CPR train, Venosta Vintage radio show, Ioco Ghost Town day, Andres Wine Event, and the Centennial Time Capsule.
Ms. Helen Daniels expressed concern regarding the lack of parking in Moody Centre on Queens Street between Clarke and Spring Street and asked Council to reinstate the parking there. She noted that a business cannot make it on pedestrian traffic only.
Mayor Clay requested that staff gather information regarding this issue and report back to Council.
Ms. Daniels further reported that she had also wished to attend the Moody Centre Community Association meeting as she owns a building in the area and was advised that she could not attend.
City of Port Moody Fees Bylaw, 2013, No. 2971, Amendment Bylaw No. 1, 2014, No. 2974, being a bylaw to amend the City of Port Moody Fees Bylaw.
This item was removed from the Agenda due to notification requirements not having been met.
City of Port Moody Land Use Contract No. 4, 1978, Authorization Bylaw No. 1409, Amendment Bylaw No. 8, 2012, No. 2939 being a bylaw to amend Land Use Contract No. 4, 1978, Authorization Bylaw No. 1409.
The question on the first motion was put and CARRIED
City of Port Moody Intermunicipal Business Licence Bylaw, 2012, No. 2947, Amendment Bylaw No. 1, 2014, No. 2973, being a bylaw to amend Intermunicipal Business Licence Bylaw, 2012, No. 2947.
Report: Community Care Committee, dated January 6, 2014 / File: 0360-20-02
9.1 Resolution and Response Letters
• Letter from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development re: Local Government Elections Reform, dated December 12, 2013
• Letter from the Metro Vancouver Board re: Provincial Core Review and the Agricultural Land Commission, dated December 13, 2013
• Letter from the Mayor of New Westminster re: Royal Columbian Hospital, dated December 16, 2013
• Letter from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure re: UBCM Convention, dated December 19, 2013
• Letter from the Royal Canadian Legion re: 2013 Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day Ceremony, dated January 7, 2014
10. Public Input
Jacqui Boyer, Port Moody, stated that as a former school board member she knows that school planning is based upon actual students already living in an area and not what is proposed for in the future.
Jim Millar, Port Moody, voiced his opposition to fire works taking place, citing pollution concerns.
Melissa Chaun, Port Moody, noted that she too is not in favour of fireworks and asked if consideration has been given to an All Nations Festival taking place on Canada Day. She further noted that the Economic Development Committee did put forth a recommendation as well to form a subcommittee that would look at the City acquiring waterfront property for a marine park