MEGHAN'S PRIORITIES

Planning for Our Future

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“I have always supported a vision that would minimize urban sprawl by creating compact urban areas in the transit oriented development (TOD) areas.   Transit-oriented development is an effective way to combat the effects of climate change, as well as address the critical housing shortage, particularly offering affordable housing for our most vulnerable citizens.  TOD represents one form of “sustainable urban development,” by virtue of both the building envelope and location. According to the 2016 census, Port Moody has 16,365 residents that commute to work, less than 3000 of which take transit. Compact, mixed-use development with access to transit, or TOD, has the potential to reduce energy usage and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by decreasing vehicle miles travelled and facilitating more walking and biking. This vision has been started in the Inlet Centre and continues in the Moody Centre Area as well, with the newly established Moody Centre and Coronation Park Transit Oriented Development Areas."


For more information on my position on this issue go to my blog entitled 'The Relationship Between Climate Action and TOD' at:


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The Environment and Climate Change

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“As the pre-eminent environmentalist on Port Moody City Council, I have been a key driver on numerous environmental initiatives since first being elected in 1996, having spearheaded the City's adaptation of the Naturescape Program, Pesticide Bylaws, and worked extensively promoting the City's strategies to address Environmentally Sensitive Areas, Tree Management, Bear and Beaver Management. I have implemented many environmental initiatives in the City over the years, including advancing and introducing the Rain Barrel and Compost Bin programs in early 2000, which still operate today. I was involved in advancing the streamside protection bylaws, in addition to promoting and introducing  the tree replacement bylaw as well as nesting season and best building practice policies in the OCP. In 2017, I brought forward the recommendation to council to establish the Climate Action Committee, which is the first of its kind in the  province of BC. This standing committee of council is tasked with evaluating both corporate and community emissions and provides advice and recommendations on adaptation policies, bylaws and potential educational initiatives, related to climate change, for the City of Port Moody."


Economic Stability

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“A vibrant community has a strong and sustainable local economy.  A complete community involves achieving a balance between the number of employment opportunities and the number of employed residents within a municipality. The ultimate goal is to achieve a 1:1 ratio of jobs to employed residents. The 2016 census indicates that we have 18,390 employed residents who live in Port Moody, but less than 8000 available jobs. To help increase the number of employment opportunities in Port Moody, the City must continue to promote developments that generate local jobs and integrate residential areas with retail and other forms of commercial and office space. In order to encourage residents to seek employment within their own community, economic development strategies also need to promote jobs that are respective of the resident labour force. To that end, in 2017, council made the decision to budget for and hire an Economic Development Manager, and one of their primary roles will be to seek opportunities to increase the number of employment opportunities in Port Moody. To minimize the loss of existing employment opportunities, land use policies need to ensure that redevelopment of existing industrial areas continues to integrate intensive employment generating uses."

Financial Sustainability

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 “As the Chair of Finance for over 12 years, I have had the unique opportunity to work closely with both council and staff to gain a very comprehensive understanding of the City's finances and investments. New federal requirements related to asset management, provincial downloading, effects of climate change and technology have all  had an effect on how we operate as a City. To address these issues, I believe we must always have an eye to keep taxes low while seeking innovative solutions for providing additional revenue. Council needs to identify opportunities that will leverage the City's assets and abilities in an effort to finance and maintain capital projects, as well as contribute to the operating costs of the City of Port Moody. The community question on the October 20 ballot regarding the Fire Hall and Works Yard site offers a great opportunity for the community to leverage these two sites to gain much needed park space, a new public library, a public seniors facility, new fields, seniors housing and affordable housing, as well as pay down debt for the City."


For more information on my position on this issue go to my blog  entitled 'The Future of the Fire Hall and Works Yard Sites' at:



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Excellent Amenities

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"The job of council is to ensure that there is a wide variety of city amenities including a full range of civic services, as well as opportunities for recreation and leisure activities. A focused energy needs to be placed on providing dedicated services to our older adults and vulnerable citizens, a commitment to a plan for the purchase of new parkland, as well as the provision of new amenities. There are limited ways in which cities can provide new amenities, the most common being through amenity contributions through development. Other ways include debt, and the use of land sale reserves. The community question on the October 20 ballot regarding the Fire Hall and Works Yard site offers a great opportunity for the community to leverage these two sites to gain much needed park space, Works Yard, Library, new fields, Seniors Centre and seniors and affordable housing, as well as pay down debt for the City. It is my hope that the residents carefully consider this question and provide the city with a clear mandate to proceed. This is my position, however, whatever the decision, I will respect it."  


For more information on my position on this issue go to my blog entitled 'The Future of the Fire Hall and Works Yard Sites' at:

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Cultural Heritage

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"As a community, we share the responsibility to identify and respect what is important, and pass on these places to future generations so they will understand what came before them. Heritage places also contribute to the quality of life and cultural identity of our communities, and this is particularly true for Port Moody. I share these beliefs and endeavour to promote them wherever possible. Since being first elected to council in 1996, I worked to provide the necessary tools be in place to allow us to preserve and enhance our cultural heritage, working to initiate the Heritage Marker program, include the Heritage Conservation Area in Moody Centre, and was instrumental in the creation of the Heritage Preservation Area in Ioco."


For more information on my position on this issue go to my blog entitled 'What's in the City's Best Interest?' at:



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CONTACT MEGHAN

Got Questions OR want more information on where Meghan stands on an issue? Send Meghan an email and she will respond ASAP!

Councillor Meghan Lahti, Port Moody

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