During discussions on the Marcon Will proposal, I expressed concerns that it was too dense and didn't have enough green space where residents could socialize. Marcon went back to the drawing board to make improvements and returned with a superior project which was then approved. This development now houses many new Port Moody residents in Moody Centre and is a stellar example of what's referred to as missing-middle housing which is something we need more of in Port Moody.
During discussions on the redevelopment of Woodland Park, city staff's recommendation was that NO cash CACs (Community Amenity Contributions) be collected from the developer and the majority of Council agreed. I insisted that the City needed that money to help pay for the amenities needed to service another 4000 plus residents. My words must have struck a chord with the developer because they came back agreeing to pay over $6,000,000 in cash CACs.
During negotiations with Wesgroup on the Coronation Park proposal, I suggested they provide purpose-built recreation space onsite to save the City and its taxpayers money. My reasoning behind the ask was that it would be more cost-effective to pay them to build it than to build it ourselves since construction is their area of expertise. Wesgroup came back with an offer to build 3000-4000 sq ft of dedicated recreation space for the city to use and program at their discretion and, at no additional cost to the city.
While commenting on Marcon's application for the old Barnet Hotel site, I voiced concerns about the lack of job space being proposed for this new mixed-use development site. I also voiced concerns that adding additional traffic to one of the worst intersections in the city by way of over 200 new residential units would negatively affect residents' quality of life by facilitating gridlock conditions to the already terrible traffic on St. Johns St. during the AM and PM commutes.