Port Moody plan envisions sea of highrises

Rapid transit is bringing rapid changes to the face of Port Moody.

The 100-year-old community is proposing to approve plans for a sea of highrises when the Evergreen Line opens in 2016.

The proposals have caught some off guard and left others wondering what took so long.

Staff’s draft community plan calls for up to 400 hectares of industrial areas to be designated for things like 30-storey residential towers.

For pro-development individuals such as David Gray, it’s an opportunity to replace old-time lumber yards with a “waterfront village” at the head of Burrard Inlet.

“What is Port Moody’s future? I wish people could get up to 20,000 feet and look at tomorrow. It’s very different from looking over your back yard fence,” said Gray, a spokesman for Mill and Timber, an 11-hectare industrial site which is a candidate for rezoning in the future.

“This is about making Port Moody a seaside community, as opposed to one that happened to be near the sea, but damned if you could get there,” he said. “It’s a bit of a shock for some.”



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