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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 seeking community input, the Master Planning Group has conducted:

  1. September 2019: A series of 6 Stakeholder Discussion Groups hearing from representatives of Community Associations; Economic Development, Environmental Interest; Transportation, Circulation and Public Real; Housing; and Non-Profit and Arts Organizations;
  2. October 2019: A stakeholder presentation to the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce’s Company of Young Professionals;
  3. October/ November 2019: Two (2) Community Open Houses in October and November of 2019;
  4. December 2019: A series of 3 Roundtable Discussion Groups focused on Public Realm and Arts, Traffic and Circulation, as well as Urban Architecture and Design;
  5. January/ February 2020: Two (2) Community Open Houses in January and February of 2020.

The community engagement process for the masterplan at Moody Centre Station TOD Area has been voluntary to date in an effort to refine the preliminary concept based on community feedback. The Group has yet to submit a formal proposal to the City.  As directed by Council at the January 2020 Committee of the Whole, City Staff and Council will participate in a staff-led workshop on the TOD area.

Following this, the Master Planning Group hope to submit a formal application with the City of Port Moody. 

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. Thus far, the Master Planning Team has held 9 Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions, and 4 Community Open Houses to share the concept with the community and hear feedback.

If you would like to get involved in one of our future engagement forums, or simply want to stay up to date on the project, please join our mailing list by clicking HERE, or send us an email 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 exploring heights above 26 storeys in the areas immediately next to the SkyTrain station. These buildings are proposed for extra heights to enable the inclusion of rental and social housing close to transit and services. Additionally, as the master plan will be delivering community amenities the OCP has identified are priorities (e.g. daylighting of Dallas/Slaughterhouse Creek, urban transit plaza, a pedestrian overpass to Murray Street), these additional heights will help to offset the costly acquisition and delivery of these amenities.

How many new jobs is the project expected to bring?

Employment is a key priority for the City and for Moody Centre. We had initially envisioned some 1,400 jobs (850 office & light industrial, 550 retail) to be created onsite. Following feedback from the community, we refined the master plan concept and project an estimated 2,000 jobs on site (1,400 office & light industrial, 600 retail) with most increases in the office & light industrial category, which the people of Port Moody have indicated is a preference. This represents an office to retail job ratio of 2.33, which reflects Port Moody’s preference for higher-paying jobs in the community.

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