PITT MEADOWS, BC – Mayor and Council have approved a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Onni for the Golden Ears Business Park (GEBP) phases 3 and 4. The MOU outlines certain objectives and concerns of each party and serves to provide guidance to Onni in its application for a development permit.
“The MOU is a document that outlines important high-level aspirations of each party and commitment to work in good faith during discussions towards the various desires and outcomes,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “Council remains focused on achieving the best design components for GEBP phases 3 and 4 for the City and our community. These include enhancements to noise mitigation, buffering and setbacks, trails and green/viewscapes, and road management and safety.”
A canopy to shelter commercial vehicles during outdoor loading and unloading is being considered for Phase 3. Onni is looking for opportunities to incorporate adequate buffering, landscaping and noise attenuation measures that are consistent with the City’s form and character guidelines.
“Staff and Council are working with Onni to align the GEBP phases 3 and 4 as closely as possible with the South Harris Business Park Design Guidelines adopted by Council in 2019,” said Chief Administrative Officer Mark Roberts. “Certain aspects of the application are being discussed directly with Onni (i.e. traffic management). At the same time, the form and character of the developments are being discussed at the Advisory Design Panel where members from various professions are providing input and advice to the applicant and the City, all of which will be brought back before Council with recommendations.”
Prior to Council approval of the Development Permit for phases 3 and 4, Council will host an Engagement and Priorities Committee (EPC) meeting to proactively engage with the community on building design, construction impacts, neighbourhood livability, landscaping and berms.
The GEBP is located in Pitt Meadows, west of the Golden Ears Bridge and east of the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport. Consisting of four project phases, the business park encompasses 76.5 hectares (189 acres) of land and is zoned as light industrial and includes retail, office and warehouse spaces.
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