Chronology:

On September 13, 2016, Council deferred the following motion:

THAT the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park no longer be designated a road right-of-way; and that the land of the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park be incorporated into Bert Flinn Park as a recreation component and service access. 

Council decided to seek more information before considering this motion, and asked City staff to investigate and evaluate alternatives to the present right-of-way in Bert Flinn Park as a potential route that could connect the Ioco Lands to Inlet Centre, and to review the identified options with residents and stakeholders.

May 2018 public consultation

In spring 2018, City staff completed a draft technical report that explored all transportation options for a potential Ioco Lands connector route. On May 28, 2018, the City hosted an open house to share the contents of the report and obtain feedback on the identified options. 

Feedback collected from the public and stakeholders was presented to Council for their consideration at the July 10, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council. At the meeting, the following resolution was passed:

THAT the report dated June 29, 2018 (item 9.5) from the Engineering and Operations Department – Engineering Division regarding Ioco Lands Connector Options Study be received for information.

Also at the July 10, 2018 Council Meeting, the following resolution (deferred on September 13, 2016), back on the table for consideration, was defeated:

THAT the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park no longer be designated a road right-of-way; and that the land of the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park be incorporated into Bert Flinn Park as a recreation component and service access.

November 2018 update

On November 27, 2018, Council approved the following items by resolution: 

1. THAT the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park (commonly referred to as the David Avenue Connector) no longer be designated a road right-of-way. 

2. THAT the land of the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park (commonly referred to as the David Avenue Connector) be incorporated into Bert Flinn Park as a recreation component and service access as recommended in the report dated August 30, 2016 from Councillor Rob Vagramov regarding Save Bert Flinn Park - A Call to Stop the Proposed Road and Unify the Park. 

3. THAT staff report back with options for a modest expansion of parking availability for park users at the David Avenue entrance to Bert Flinn Park. 

4. THAT staff report back with options and high-level cost estimates for adding a wheelchair-accessible trail in Bert Flinn Park, as recommended in the report dated November 10, 2018 from Mayor Rob Vagramov and Councillor Hunter Madsen regarding Meeting the Public's Call - Protecting the loco Corridor and Bert Flinn Park. 

5. THAT, prior to carrying out the first and second motions here, staff report back with, for Council consideration of adoption, an amendment to the Official Community Plan that envisions a maximum density for the loco Lands no greater than the quantity of units presently permitted under current zoning, that allows for multi-family as well as single-family home forms on the loco Lands, and that envisions no further residential growth in Port Moody west of the loco Lands. 

6. THAT the City of Port Moody formally oppose the planned expansion of Belcarra Regional Park's automobile parking capacity on the basis of loco Road traffic concerns. 

7. THAT staff report back on the feasibility of removing loco Road from the Major Road Network, and the options this might afford in containing further commuter traffic increases, should such steps become necessary.

8. THAT the City engage with stakeholder groups as soon as possible regarding resolutions made at the Regular Council meeting of November 27, 2018 regarding Protecting the loco Corridor and Bert Flinn Park and THAT staff report back with a community consultation plan.

January 2019 update

On January 22, 2019, City staff presented a Report (item 9.2) to Council with options for next steps related to the motions approved at the November 27, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council. The report stated that removing the right-of-way would require a Road Closure Bylaw and possibly Official Community Plan amendments, and that formal incorporation of the right-of-way into Bert Flinn Park would require a Park Dedication Bylaw. 

At that meeting, Council approved the following motion:

THAT this item [January 14, 2019 Report to Council, item 9.2] be postponed until after the strategic planning process is completed.

February 2019 update

On February 12, 2019, Council determined the strategic planning process was still in progress, and therefore the consideration of the January 14, 2019 Report to Council remained postponed.

May 2019 update

On May 14, 2019, Council considered the January 14, 2019 Report to Council.

The following motion was defeated:

THAT staff be directed to proceed with the actions to address items 1, 2, and 5 [see below] as recommended in the report dated January 14, 2019 from the Engineering and Operations Department – Project Delivery Services Division regarding Ioco Corridor Update.

Items 1, 2, and 5:

1. THAT the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park (commonly referred to as the David Avenue Connector) no longer be designated a road right-of-way. 

2. THAT the land of the road right-of-way bisecting Bert Flinn Park (commonly referred to as the David Avenue Connector) be incorporated into Bert Flinn Park as a recreation component and service access as recommended in the report dated August 30, 2016 from Councillor Rob Vagramov regarding Save Bert Flinn Park - A Call to Stop the Proposed Road and Unify the Park. 

5. THAT, prior to carrying out the first and second motions here, staff report back with, for Council consideration of adoption, an amendment to the Official Community Plan that envisions a maximum density for the loco Lands no greater than the quantity of units presently permitted under current zoning, that allows for multi-family as well as single-family home forms on the loco Lands, and that envisions no further residential growth in Port Moody west of the loco Lands. 

The following motion was defeated:

THAT item 3 [see below] be considered in 2020.

Item 3:

3. THAT staff report back with options for a modest expansion of parking availability for park users at the David Avenue entrance to Bert Flinn Park. 

The following motion was defeated:

THAT item 4 [see below] be considered in 2020.

Item 4:

4. THAT staff report back with options and high-level cost estimates for adding a wheelchair-accessible trail in Bert Flinn Park, as recommended in the report dated November 10, 2018 from Mayor Rob Vagramov and Councillor Hunter Madsen regarding Meeting the Public's Call - Protecting the loco Corridor and Bert Flinn Park. 

The following motion was carried:

THAT further communication be sent from the Mayor’s office to Metro Vancouver to oppose the planned expansion of Belcarra Regional Park’s automobile parking capacity on the basis of Ioco traffic concerns (item 6) [see below].

Item 6:

6. THAT the City of Port Moody formally oppose the planned expansion of Belcarra Regional Park's automobile parking capacity on the basis of loco Road traffic concerns. 

The following motion was carried:

THAT the information related to item 7 [see below] be received for information with no further action from staff at this time.

Item 7:

7. THAT staff report back on the feasibility of removing loco Road from the Major Road Network, and the options this might afford in containing further commuter traffic increases, should such steps become necessary.

October 2019 update

On October 8, 2019, Council considered the September 27, 2019 Report to Council and carried the following motions:

THAT staff be directed to bring forward an Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw to remove the Special Study Area Designation for the Ioco Area, and to restrict density in the Ioco Lands Area to the level permitted under the zoning currently in place;

THAT staff be directed to remove the Right-of-Way commonly referred to as the David Avenue Connector, and to incorporate its land into Bert Flinn Park;

THAT a budget of up to $75,000 be approved and referred to Finance Committee for a reserve funding source.

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