The IOCO Lands are located on the northern shore of the Burrard Inlet in Port Moody, British Columbia. The IOCO townsite, which forms part of the land, was developed as a ‘company town’ for workers at the adjacent Imperial Oil refinery, which began operation in 1915.
The townsite, which included 83 homes, a groceteria, and community hall was completed by the mid-1920’s. A tennis court, baseball diamond, horseshoe pitch and clubhouse were later added, as well as two local churches and a school. After World War II, many employees moved away from IOCO and some houses were removed or destroyed. The IOCO townsite is now designated as a Heritage Conservation Area by the City of Port Moody.
BCG Developments (BCG) purchased the IOCO Lands from Imperial Oil in January 2015. The site is approximately 250 acres, with portions in the Village of Anmore and City of Port Moody, and includes waterfront, a park, walking trails, and rich forestry. The former IOCO townsite, straddles the land owned by BCG Development and Imperial Oil. BCG recognizes the IOCO Lands are unique and important to the community and region. Over the past two years, BCG has been engaging with local government, stakeholders and residents on the early stages of planning for a proposed community in Port Moody and Anmore on the IOCO Lands.
BCG is committed to taking a patient approach, listening to the community to create and present a plan that residents, stakeholders and Mayor and Council are proud to support. BCG will continue to work with stakeholders and the community to fully explore and understand the opportunities, concerns, and benefits of this project prior to developing an inspiring master-plan proposal, led by recognized Canadian architect Peter Busby.