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Port Metro Vancouver unveils land use plan

Port Metro Vancouver is launching the final phase of its land use plan, which includes the expansion of the Roberts Bank container port. - File photo
Port Metro Vancouver is launching the final phase of its land use plan, which includes the expansion of the Roberts Bank container port.
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Port Metro Vancouver is launching the final phase of its land use plan following two years of work and consultation with governments, tenants, and First Nations groups.

Public feedback will be open from Feb. 10 through April 13 to help guide the Port’s decisions about the lands and waters within its jurisdiction for the next 15 to 20 years.

Port Metro Vancouver is an amalgamation of the Port of Vancouver, North Fraser Port Authority and Fraser River Port Authority in 2008. As the Canada Marine Act requires port authorities to have a land use plan, the Port has been working to provide an updated land use plan for its properties spanning 16 municipalities and the treaty First Nation territory of Tsawwassen.

The land use plan is similar to a municipal official community plan which identifies types of uses for port lands and water, but does not include specific development criteria. However, the plan does identify a range of uses that would be appropriate to develop on a given parcel of land.

To help solicit public feedback, the Port has created the website www.porttalk.ca/landuseplan. Users can look at an interactive map, select individual parcels, and provide comment on the land use designation. The website provides an FAQ and a copy of the complete draft document for review.

There will also be a presentation and discussion by Port Metro Vancouver at the Delta Town and Country Inn on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Three webinars will be hosted as well on Feb. 18-20 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Users can register online before the events.

Funding available for port review participants

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available for the next step in the environmental review of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project.

Funding will go to eligible individuals and groups to assist their participation in the environmental assessment, including reviewing and providing comments for the terms of reference of the review panel and the Environmental Impact Statement.

On Jan. 7, federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq referred the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project to a review panel, the strictest form of an environmental assessment.

Port Metro Vancouver proposes the construction and operation of twin three-berth marine container terminal located at Roberts Bank. The proposed project, to be located next to the existing Deltaport and Westshore Terminals, would provide an additional 2.4 million units of container capacity per year.

Information on the project is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca reference number 80054.

Applications must be received by March 7, 2014. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.

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