FAQ

Have a Question about the Moody Centre TOD?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have a question that is not reflected here, please contact us at moodycentre@pottingerbird.com, or use the Online Form on this page.

Who is the Moody Centre TOD Area Master Plan Group?

Following the Council adoption of the Moody Centre TOD Area Plan in November 2017, and at the encouragement of staff and members of Council, the majority landowners in the designated TOD Area established the “Moody Centre TOD Master Plan Group” to work on a masterplan for this future neighbourhood.

The local land owners (also know as the Moody Centre TOD Area Master Plan Group) represents:

  1. Anthem
  2. Beedie Living
  3. The Bombelli Family
  4. PCI Developments
  5. The Stevens Family
  6. TransLink
  7. The Wildman Family
  8. Woodbridge Homes

To assist the team of local landowners, world renowned architects, Perkins and Will, have been engaged to lead the evolution and design process for the Moody Centre TOD Master Plan Area. Pottinger Bird Community Relations will lead the community engagement process to ensure everyone has an opportunity to share their voice.

What is Transit Oriented Development, or "TOD"?

The goal of Transit-Oriented Development, also referred to as “TOD”, is to focus development in areas of a City with transit, in order to create compact, walkable, and healthier communities that offer value and a greater quality of life for residents. In Port Moody, the City have identified the area surrounding the Moody Centre SkyTrain Station as the Moody Centre Station TOD Area.

Where is the Moody Centre TOD Area? What is On Site Today?

The Moody Centre TOD Master Planning Area is bounded by Buller Street to the east, St. John’s Street to the south, Moody Street to the west, and the Canadian Pacifc Railway line to the north. The area today is largely commercial, industrial with a mix of occupied and vacant buildings.

What are the benefits of the Master Plan Concept?

The preliminary masterplan will allow the landowners in the area to deliver on the community’s vision outlined in the OCP including:

  • Flexible outdoor spaces 
  • Creation urban plazas and mini parks
  • Integration of public art 
  • Pedestrian and cyclist links to improve connectivity between existing and planned amenities
  • Encouraging a range of housing options (i.e. ownerships and rental housing)
  • Housing that is accessible, affordable, and intergenerational
  • Encouraging upper floors to be set back from St. Johns Street
  • Providing weather protection and pedestrian scaled amenities to facilitate walking
  • Providing at-grade shops and services creating active edges
  • Encouraging a significant amount of employment related uses
  • Incorporating landmark features as part of larger scale developments
  • Incorporating landscaping to create a softer, green edge to the built environment
  • Consideration of view corridors 
  • Consideration toward commuter parking and visitor parking for Rocky Point Park.
What is being proposed for the Moody Centre TOD Area?

The preliminary master plan concept envisions a number of land uses and public amenities for the Port Moody community, including:

  • Housing that ranges in form, tenure (market and below market rental & ownership options) and size
  • Mixed uses shall include office, retail (including a grocery store), and employment (low impact uses)
  • Community amenities (urban plazas and mini parks, public art, pedestrian and cyclist links, housing options (i.e. ownerships and rental housing), community serving shops and services, employment related uses)
  • New public transit plaza around the Moody Centre SkyTrain Station entrance
  • Additional internal plazas within the blocks nearest the station
  • New bike lanes to enhance connectivity through the area
  • Urban greenway by daylighting Dallas/Slaughterhouse Creek
  • A pedestrian/bicycle overpass
  • Opportunities for public art
  • Spring Street promenade
Has the Community been involved in planning the preliminary concept?

Following 18 months of working with design experts at Perkins and Will and City staff, the Moody Centre TOD Area Master Planning Group believed a preliminary concept was ready to receive early input from the community. As the initial phase of public engagement on this masterplan, the Moody Centre TOD Area Master Planning Group, with the assistance of Pottinger Bird Community Relations and Perkins and Will, hosted a series of six (6) themed stakeholder discussion groups with representation from local community organizations to:

  • Review, reaffirm or renew the community’s priorities for the Moody Centre TOD area as identified in the Official Community Plan;
  • Share preliminary ideas, development objectives, and potential challenges and opportunities for this unique area of Port Moody and solicit early input.

The six (6) Stakeholder Discussion Groups were held during the week of September 23rd in the categories of Community Associations; Economic Development, Environmental Interest; Transportation, Circulation and Public Real; Housing; and Non-Profit and Arts Organizations. The findings and ideas from these discussions are available for your review here.

Will there be more opportunities to provide feedback?

Absolutely! We are at the start of a very long process. Given the significance of the Moody Centre TOD Area, we want to hear from as many people in the community as possible. To hear from the community, two Community Open Houses will take place (October 30, 2019 and November 2, 2019) to share the preliminary master plan concept for feedback. The Community Open Houses were widely advertised via a postal drop notification to a 2km radius of the site and were advertised in the Tri Cities News.

If you have feedback you would like to share – you can also contact as at moodycentre@pottingerbird.com.

What's being done to improve traffic in the area?

According to TransLink’s 2018 “Transit Service Performance Review” data, Moody Centre has some of the lowest ridership numbers along the Evergreen Line (ranked 49th out of 53 stations). Being located immediately next to the SkyTrain station, the Moody Centre TOD Area is well equipped to incentivize new residents, employees and visitors to use the SkyTrain system, and other alternate modes of transportation (such as car-share or bike-share).

That said, we do recognize that there will be additional vehicular traffic added to the existing road network once development occurs in Moody Centre. To inform this aspect of the master plan, we anticipate undertaking a traffic impact study once we have a better understanding of the permitted land-use and densities. With this information, we can look at mitigation strategies as needed.

How high are the buildings proposed?

We are still in the preliminary planning stage, and therefore building heights and FSR have not been confirmed. However, generally, heights will respect the OCP limit of 26 storeys, with the exception of the lots immediately adjacent to the station where additional height is being explored to help deliver the amenities identified by the OCP (e.g. daylighting of Dallas/Slaughterhouse Creek, urban transit plaza, a pedestrian overpass to Murray Street). That said, we are very early in the process and are still exploring development heights and densities. We welcome your feedback.

How many new jobs is the project expected to bring?

Employment is a key priority for the City and for Moody Centre. We envision some 1,400 jobs (850 office & light industrial, 550 retail) to be created onsite, not including construction based on the current concept.

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