Preliminary Concept

Robust Vision for Moody Centre TOD

The Moody Centre TOD Area Master Planning Group is committed to delivering a cohesive and collaborative Moody Centre Station TOD Area master plan that aligns with the established vision and considers the growth targets for the region and delivers on the community priorities and amenities identified in the OCP 2017.

While planning for a preliminary concept for Moody Centre Station TOD Area, two existing neighbourhoods stood out as inspiration for a similar vision.

Newport Village

Newport Village, Port Moody
Above: Newport Village, Port Moody
Newport Village, Port Moody
Above: Newport Village, Port Moody

One of the first master planned communities in Port Moody, the much beloved Newport Village is based on the vision of a walkable European community. Now a hub and destination for residents and those living outside Port Moody, Newport Village is a cluster of high-rise residential towers surrounding a village filled with locally owned shops and restaurants designed to promote a walkable, healthy and vibrant community during the day and into the evening.

Similarities:

  • A complete community
  • Walkable, urban village with a good mix of residential and commercial
  • Much loved public places to attract organized events throughout the year
  • Cobblestone streets and wide sidewalks encourage connection and casual gatherings

The Shipyards / Lower Lonsdale

Stretching from the waterfront north to 3rd Street, Lower Lonsdale is the City of North Vancouver’s transportation hub and growing cultural and entertainment district. Lower Lonsdale has undergone extensive redevelopment over the past 10 years and is a major community draw and one of the fastest growing residential neighbourhoods in the City.

Similarities:

  • A transit-oriented community that prioritizes keeping homes close to transit
  • Highly walkable and cycle-friendly with sustainable transportation options to surrounding cities
  • A complete community built around connecting the residents to the waterfront
  • Promotes local businesses - including art, craft beer and street festivals
Shipyards, Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver
Above: Shipyards, Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver
Shipyards, Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver
Above: John Braithwaite Community Centre, Lower Lonsdale North Vancouver

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 is within close proximity to Rocky Point Park, Brewer’s Row and both Moody Middle School & Moody Elementary.

Above: current buildings in the Moody Centre TOD Area
Above: current buildings in the Moody Centre TOD Area
Port Moody Then (1988) and Now (2013): Side by Side

Community Priorities

The current vision for Moody Centre has been the product of over a decade of community consultation. During the development of the OCP many members of the community participated in the City's consultation process to share their thoughts and priorities for the future of Moody Centre. Below provides a snapshot of this input and how it has informed our own masterplan priorities.

What has informed our Vision

What has informed our decision

6 Key Principles for Moody Centre

  1. Encourage all modes of mobility
  2. Create well loved public places
  3. Support health and wellbeing
  4. Support Diversity and Inclusivity
  5. Create meaningful urban form & mixed use
  6. Promote Art and Culture

Your Voices

Source: City of Port Moody, Public Consultation Summary 2017

What has informed our decision
Where we are now

The Preliminary Master Plan envisions approximately 3,775 homes, and 1,400 jobs for the Moody Centre TOD Area. Please note that the massing and forms shown are preliminary and are subject to change. Click the images to view larger version.

Discussion Groups

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 Planning Group to work on a masterplan for this future neighbourhood.

Following 18 months of working with design experts at Perkins & Will and City Staff; the Master Planning Group believed the preliminary masterplan was ready to receive early input from the community.

Early Feedback Session
Early Feedback Session
Early Feedback Session
Early Feedback Session

Six Discussion Groups were held in September to solicit early input. The below summaries represents the feedback we received.

Information we gathered from the Discussion Groups

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Connection to Nature

  • Incorporate greenery and sustainability measures wherever possible (public spaces, green roofs, urban gardens, solar adaptation, stewardship groups).
  • Celebration of the shoreline and of Dallas/Slaughterhouse Creek (daylighting the creek and appreciation through design, and stormwater management measures).
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Innovative TOD Parking and Traffic Solutions

  • Innovative parking and traffic management solutions suitable for a TOD area (reduction of parking, move parking underground, inclusion of a Park n Ride at station, flexibility to convert roads to pedestrian only areas at certain times, car share, incentives toward alternative means of transport, accessible for all).
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Thoughtful Building Design

  • Considered and thoughtful approach to building design and architectural features (focus on eye-level built form, preserve view corridors, stagger buildings, consider separation between buildings, mitigate potential wind tunnel effect, weather protected, Port Moody unique design).
  • Apprehension toward extreme building heights.
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Pedestrian Friendly and Accessibility

  • Pedestrian focused (pedestrian safety, walkability, eye-level experience, welcoming spaces, lighting, consider spaces between buildings).
  • Consider way to assist/ mitigate those with mobility limitations through design (pedestrian friendly, accessibility friendly).
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Encouragement of Multi Modal Transportation

  • Encourage alternatives to motor vehicle use (cycling facilities, car share, incentives for residents to use public transit, connection of cycling routes to other parts of Port Moody).
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Moody Centre as a Destination

  • Potential to become a community and reginal destination (naturally draw people to the area, opportunities for live, work and play, opportunities for social gathering and entertainment, place of vibrancy).
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Urban Spaces for Everyone

  • Range of urban spaces for different activities (entertainment, quiet reflection, social gathering and interaction, pet friendly).
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Diverse Housing for Everyone

  • Need for diverse range of housing options (market housing, market rental, below market rental)
  • Explore creative housing opportunities (rent to own, live/work, housing partnerships, artist housing and employee housing).
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City of the Arts

  • Inclusion of public art and arts celebration wherever possible and throughout the entire TOD Area
  • Consider innovative ways to long-term arts commitment (e.g. endowment fund, collaboration between property owners, flexible and changing, reflection through architecture).
  • Create spaces flexible for community events to celebrate the arts.
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Employment Generation for Port Moody’s Future

  • Need for increased & diverse employment opportunities (increase opportunities for residents to live, work and play over a range of sectors, in Port Moody).
  • Find suitable balance between employment generating uses and appropriate density of housing to support each other.
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Consider Changing Demographics & Future Populations

  • Consider the housing needs of future demographics (influx of young families in need of larger homes, aging population in need of opportunities to downsize).
  • Diverse and inclusive community spaces for all (community spaces and amenities for children, families, seniors and everyone in between).
  • Consider flexible multi generations gathering spaces conducive to all mobility levels and encouraging of social interaction.
  • Need to include younger demographics in the conversation of shaping Moody Centre
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Connecting Communities

  • Need to connect Moody Centre with surrounding areas and communities (Khalanie, Suter Brook, Newport, Westport, Rocky Point Park) while creating its own identify in the City.
  • Find ways to bring Rocky Point Park into Moody Centre (connecting the two spaces & drawing people between the two easily, pedestrian overpass).
  • Consideration toward existing communities (concentrate density in one place) and existing businesses (connecting existing and new businesses to compliment each other).
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Spring Street Promenade

  • Create flexibility for both calm traffic flow and pedestrian friendly on Spring Street (flexibility to convert to pedestrian only areas at certain times, discouragement for “rat running”, primarily pedestrian focused, limit street parking).
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Community Amenities

  • Diverse range of community amenities for all ages groups (day care, community space/ library, senior amenities).
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Climate Change Response

  • Considered climate change response through master planned design (consider growth constraints, disincentivizing traffic, sustainable building design, stormwater management practises).
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Better Utilization of Site

  • Expressed need for a better utilization of Moody Centre (do not want to see what’s currently on site, need to increase livability of the area, vibrancy, unique opportunity for the City).

We are in the very early stages of the planning process. The diagram below provides an overview of the steps ahead. If you would like to receive updates on the master planning process, please join our Moody Centre TOD Area Master Planning Group mailing list by clicking here.

Process & Next Step