Oceanfront District Master Plan

The Beginning

The dream to create a new waterfront community in Port Moody has been in the works for over two decades. In 1998, City of Port Moody published the Waterfront and Area Economic Visioning Document, and updated it in 2003. In 2008, City of Port Moody undertook an Official Community Plan review where the Flavelle site was designated as an area for redevelopment.

In July of 2014, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) placed a “special study area” designation on the site, which acknowledged that the land could be used for urban types of development and would undergo an amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) designation.

In 2015, Flavelle actively worked and cooperated with the City of Port Moody to initiate the amendment for the OCP and RGS.  On June 23, 2015, Flavelle submitted the OCP amendment application to the City of Port Moody. The rationale to change the land use was primarily based on the site being a transit oriented development, high industrial tax rates, low employment efficiency and poor transportation infrastructure for the forest products.

On May 25, 2018, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors approved the City of Port Moody’s request to amend the Metro RGS land use for the Flavelle site. This was the first special study designation for industrial land to be considered by the Board and was passed with unanimous consent.

The Metro Board also accepted the City of Port Moody’s amended Regional Context Statement showing a General Urban regional land use and removal of the regional Special Study designation. On June 12, 2018, Port Moody City Council amended the Official Community Plan at a final reading.