This North Shore News link reports on the delegation from some Moodyville residents before Council on May 26th:
Moodyville residents push for density.
Comment from Voices:
We urge City residents to attend the Public Meeting in Council Chambers on June 18th in order discuss the draft OCP.
The Public Meeting in Council Chambers on June 18th is another opportunity for public discussion on changes to the draft OCP.
Following is the summary for the 3rd St area from the May 15 City staff report,
In responding to the City’s survey for this area, respondents had to choose between existing Land Use Categories. Since a 1.25 FSR category did not exist, many chose 1.6 FSR. Staff were given the strong impression that in choosing 1.6 FSR, they did not necessarily mean 1.6 FSR, but more than 1.0 FSR. The 1.25 FSR achieves this, delivers ground oriented units and would diversify the City’s housing stock over time.
Staff considered the option of 1.6 FSR. A density of 1.6 FSR cannot be accommodated within a building less than four storeys (with appropriate setbacks, lot coverage, and stepbacks). This makes the building form much less compatible with existing buildings that do not redevelop. In addition, they would block more views, a concern raised during the process. Further, any shifting of density between properties to create open space or a more diverse housing stock would result in even larger buildings greater than 1.6 FSR and over four storeys. This would result in a significant change of character in the area and deliver much more housing stock than necessary at this stage in the life of the OCP.
Staff are confident that the revised proposal for 1.6 FSR and 1.25 FSR will deliver a viable and attractive neighbourhood with options for creative development with open space and diversity. More detailed design and development guidance will be advanced as a priority implementation action following adoption of the updated OCP. As outlined in the Implementation section of the draft OCP, the East 3rd Street area has been identified as a future Development Permit Area to be supported by Development Permit Guidelines. Noise mitigation standards would be included in those guidelines.
During discussions with residents, there has been occasional reference to the City needing to “compensate” owners for changes in the area (Low Level Road/Richardson Grain Terminal). Staff wishes to make clear that the City is considering land use changes for the long term betterment of the community. The City is not responsible for, and does not compensate owners for, loss of property value as a result of development impacts.