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Port Moody Heritage Strategic Plan
Heritage Conservation Areas - Ioco Townsite & Moody Centre


The heritage resources of Port Moody are a key component of the community's identity. A number of people see Port Moody's uniqueness not only in its small town atmosphere, but its heritage character and its historical link to British Columbia's past. Indeed, the City has a rich history starting with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885, the creation of the port, the building of the Ioco refinery in 1915 and the opening of a number of sawmills at the turn of the century. This heritage should be preserved in cooperation and in consultation with individual landowners for both present as well as future generations.

In 1995, council created a Heritage Commission to act as an advisory body to Council on matters relating to Port Moody's natural and cultural heritage resources including heritage buildings, sites and neighbourhoods.

Since its inception, the Heritage Commission has completed the following projects: an award winning heritage inventory; a brochure intended to assist owners of heritage structures who are renovating; incremental additions to the community heritage register, a plaque program for buildings listed on the register, and the placement of stone markers in prominent locations throughout the City to commemorate early pioneers.

Copies of the City's Heritage Inventory are available for viewing in the Port Moody Public Library and at the Development Services Department at City Hall. 

Port Moody Heritage Strategic Plan

The Port Moody Heritage Commission spearheaded the preparation of the City's Heritage Strategic Plan which was endorsed by City Council on June 26, 2001. The Heritage Strategic Plan outlines prioritized heritage conservation initiatives for the next five years.

With funding assistance from the BC Heritage Trust, the Port Moody Heritage Commission and the City prepared a Heritage Strategy Update for Port Moody (2007 – 2011). On July 22, 2007, City Council approved the “City of Port Moody Heritage Strategic Plan Update” to guide future heritage initiatives in the City. The plan builds on past accomplishments and research and outlines the City’s position respecting community heritage resources. The Heritage Strategic Plan Update also provides a vision of what Council, the Heritage Commission and the community want to achieve as well as an action plan to set out how to achieve that vision.

For more information about Port Moody's Heritage resources, email the  Development Services Department or call 604.469.4540. 

Heritage Conservation Areas - Ioco Townsite & Moody Centre

A Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) is a distinct district with special heritage value and/or heritage character identified for heritage conservation purposes in the Official Community Plan (OCP). It is intended to provide long-term protection to a distinctive heritage area. Properties to be protected must be specifically identified in the OCP.

A property owner must not do any of the following to their property when it is located within a HCA without first obtaining a Heritage Alteration Permit issued by Council:

  • Subdivide a property
  • Add a structure
  • Add on to an existing structure
  • Construct a new building
  • Alter a building, structure, land or feature

Port Moody’s Official Community Plan, adopted in 2000, identified two potential Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs) in Port Moody. The first is known as the Ioco Townsite HCA and includes the former company town that served the Imperial Oil Refinery. The Ioco Townsite HCA, which was approved by Council in 2002, and attempts to provide long term protection of the heritage resources remaining on the Ioco Townsite. The Ioco Townsite HCA guidelines are available for review here. The second area identified for heritage conservation purposes is in Moody Centre. A process to establish a Heritage Conservation Area in Moody Centre was spearheaded by the community and the Heritage Commission. In 2009, design guidelines were prepared by consultant Donald Luxton for properties within the identified area and presented to the community. Information about that consultation process is available for review. The Moody Centre HCA was adopted as part of the Official Community Plan in January, 2011.

For more information about heritage planning in Port Moody, email the Development Services Department or call 604.469.4540.


Griffin Residence - Heritage Home

Just one of the homes found on the Heritage Commission's award winning heritage inventory.  

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