City of Port Moody Council Meeting, May 12, 2009 – Public Input
Your Worship and Council: John Grasty, owner at 84 Grant Street, Moody Centre.
My West End neighbours in the diverse areas of College Park, Glenayre, Seaview, Seaforth, East Hill, and Harbour Heights, have told us for many years about taking their business out of Port Moody for goods and services which cannot be found within walking distance of their front doorstep; we all know this is wrong.
It is also a major reason why Moody Centre West needs its own Evergreen Line Station at Barnet and Clarke to fully integrate all Port Moody neighbourhoods and make revitalization a certainty.
We are talking here about thousands of Port Moody households up the hill that are seeking the attention, support and leadership from this Council.
The Evergreen Line public information includes the option of a Western station in Port Moody, but the final number of stations has not yet been determined.
Last Friday I was able to review online the latest draft of the proposed Official Community Plan.
The vast community input and support for a more intensive re-development in Moody Centre West has been overwhelming and must be considered moving forward, but doesn’t seem to be reflected in this latest draft.
Throughout the entire OCP process, including the 2007 Charrette and other OCP public forums, our community as a whole has consistently expressed a desire to create a more complete community at the West End of Moody Centre that will finally serve the daily needs of area residents.
I am requesting Council to carefully consider the enormous opportunity for comprehensive land-use plans that takes into consideration the public input for the West End of Moody Centre.
Otherwise, the countless community benefits that this would entail, including the 3rd Evergreen Line Station, could all be lost.