Where is the site located?
How big is the property?
Who owns the property?
What is Flavelle’s vision for the site?
What is the process for the redevelopment of the property?
What kind of community consultation has Flavelle Oceanfront Development completed in the course of planning for the site?
What stakeholder groups have you consulted through the process?
Will there be more opportunities to provide input and ideas?
How will traffic concerns be addressed?
Will there be Public Art?
Will there be a hotel?
How will the natural environment (i.e. Burrard Inlet) be impacted by future development on the Flavelle site?
Is the site safe to built on?
Will the property allow access to the Waterfront?
What type of future employment will be on the site?

Where is the site located?  

Flavelle is located at the ocean’s edge at the end of the Burrard Inlet in the City of Port Moody.  It is located within a 10-minute walk of the Moody Centre Station on the Evergreen Line and the West Coast Express station, providing connections to downtown Vancouver and the Metro Region.  The site is neighboured by:

  • Rocky Point Park, Moody Centre Skytrain Station and the West Coast Express to the east;
  • The mouth of  Kyle Creek where the creek enters the tidal pools of the Burrard Inlet then Pacific Coast Terminals to the west;
  • CPR Railway and the old Moody Town Centre to the south ; and
  • Burrard Inlet to the north

How big is the property?

The site is over 33 acres.

  • Over 28 acres of land
  • Approx. 5 acres deeded seabed – one of the few examples of fee simple seabed.

Who owns the property?

The property is privately owned by the Aspen Planers (AP) Group of Companies – a family owned business with its headquarters in Surrey, BC.  The AP Group operates in the forestry, trucking, logistics and property development sectors across BC.   Flavelle Oceanfront Development is part of the real estate asset division of the company.

What is Flavelle’s vision for the site?

Our vision is to create an oceanfront community in the heart of Port Moody that supports a mix of uses including a range of housing options, along with commercial, retail, light industrial, artisan, employment, cultural and recreational uses to serve the needs of local residents and visitors.  Within walking distance of the new Evergreen Line Moody Centre Skytrain Station and commuter rail West Coast Express, our vision is to transform the Flavelle site into a transit oriented development that is an integrated oceanfront community with strong connections to the historic waterfront.

What is the process for the redevelopment of the property?

The property is designated General Industrial with a Special Study Area overlay both in the municipal Official Community Plan (OCP) and in the regional government, Metro Vancouver, Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) .  The rationale for designating the site as a Special Study Area is tied to the City’s and residents’ long term aspirations to see something other than a sawmill on the site.  Flavelle Oceanfront has applied for an OCP amendment which triggers a planning process for the property. This process will provide sufficient and appropriate detail for Port Moody Council to consider the proposed amendment.  If approved by Council, the application then moves to the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors for their decision.  If Metro Vancouver approves the application by the City of Port Moody, then the proposal comes back to the City of Port Moody for more detailed study through a rezoning application.

What kind of community consultation has Flavelle Oceanfront Development completed in the course of planning for the site?

Flavelle Oceanfront Development has been undertaking a planning and visioning process to consider the future of the historic Flavelle Sawmill site.  In April 2015, the company initiated a public engagement process to share information and gather input from the community. To date, we have completed the following:

  • Residential door to door canvass of over 900 homes in the City of Port Moody, where we had conversations with over half of the residents at their homes.
  • Business Canvass of the Moody Centre area – reached over 100 businesses
  • Notified over 10,000 residents with a mailer about our 1st Open House held in June 2015 at the Old Mill Boathouse. Over 100 people attended the 1st Open House
  • We hosted four (4) information kiosks at local events: Farmer’s Market, Golden Spike Days, Newport Village Summer Festival and the Food Truck Festival – over 500 people asked about the site and gave us their feedback.
  • Over 200 people attended the City led Open House in January 2016, and over 150 attended the January 2017 event.
  • Over 200 people have engaged with us through our project website
  • Over 250 people have participated in the Flavelle Site Tours
  • Hosted a Transit-Oriented Development tour with Translink for the City of Port Moody Mayor, Council and Staff

What stakeholder groups have you consulted through the process?

In addition to the community events, one-on-one conversations and site tours, the Flavelle Oceanfront Development team has met and presented to a number of organizations, including:

    • Port Moody Heritage Society
    • Port Moody Rotary Club
    • Moody Centre Community Association
    • Port Moody Arts Association
    • Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation
    • Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
    • Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society
    • Burke Mountain Naturalists
    • Port Moody Ecological Society
    • Old Mill Boathouse Society
    • Rotary Club of Coquitlam and Sunrise Rotary Club

Will there be more opportunities to provide input and ideas?

Yes!  We always welcome suggestions and ideas, please email us at your convenience.  Additionally the development process has formal opportunities for input.

As we move through the process, we will continue to offer the community advance notification of events through mailed invitations, advertisements in local papers, or through email. Please sign up on our website to receive email notifications: http://www.flavelleoceanfront.ca/contact/  

How will traffic concerns be addressed?  

A detailed transportation impact assessment has been conducted and all modes of transportation have been considered. This assessment included a thorough analysis of existing traffic, circulation patterns, and growth and resulted in transportation plan that addresses potential key network improvements and opportunities for alternative travel modes.

Bunt & Associates are the transportation planners and engineering consultant for the Flavelle Oceanfront Development.  Their engineering analysis and methods of addressing the transportation issues have been accepted by the City of Port Moody. Detailed Travel Demand Management studies will be completed at the rezoning stage.

Will there be Public Art?

Yes, we are excited to celebrate the site’s legacy in Port Moody through Public Art. Our early ideas are to incorporate industrial artifacts into the public art on the site, and for future pieces to be inspired by the industrial heritage of the property.

Will there be a hotel?

The OCP amending policy proposes a hotel and/or tourist accommodation use on the site.  We think that a hotel would be a great addition to Port Moody, however the use is strongly correlated to market demand.  If the market is strong enough to support a hotel we would like to have one in the community.

How will the natural environment (i.e. Burrard Inlet) be impacted by future development on the Flavelle site?

In the event that the site is redeveloped, we will work with environmental consultants to ensure minimal disturbance to the natural environment both before and after any construction along the foreshore.  We will be incorporating objectives and guidelines of current best management practices to ensure overall impact to the environment is low.  Our commitment to environmental protection and regulation will and always has been upheld.  

Is the site safe to build on?

Three (3) detailed geotechnical and soil investigations have been conducted on this site specifically to address the question around potential redevelopment.  The first investigation was carried out by Golder and Associates, and 2 additional soil investigations were performed by GeoPacific Consultants.  All three of the reports have been submitted to the City of Port Moody, who retained Levelton Consultants Ltd. to perform an independent peer review of the geotechnical reports. The conclusions reached by all three firms are the same:

  1. There is nothing on this site that would preclude the development in its current proposed form.  In fact, from a geotechnical aspect, the site can support structures that are much larger and more complex then we have proposed.
  2. All of the issues regarding liquefaction, fill material, and earth quake hazards have been addressed and are very manageable with sound geotechnical and structural engineering & design.

Will the property allow access to the Waterfront?

One of Flavelle Oceanfront’s first priorities is to “knit the community back together by opening up a previously private waterfront.”  We want an open and active waterfront space in line with the City’s Official Community Plan guidelines for the property. Providing strong points of access to the waterfront is a major priority and opportunity for the future redevelopment of the site.

What type of future employment will be on the site?  

The Oceanfront District is anticipated to generate over 1,000 permanent jobs through its redevelopment – from light industrial & high tech to hospitality, office and institutional care opportunities. If the Flavelle site is redeveloped as a comprehensive mixed use neighbourhood it will continue to be an important source of employment for the region.