Metro Vancouver directors are calling on the port authority to agree not to turn scarce farmland into more shipping terminals.
The port is redrawing its land use plan and has proposed to designate six special study areas – four in Richmond, one in Pitt Meadows and one in Vancouver – that could be considered for future port-related use.
Metro's regional planning and agriculture committee voted Tuesday to object to any potential future use of agricultural land by for port purposes.
Civic officials from Delta are planning a visit to Ashcroft Terminal. In an article in the Delta Optimist, it was noted that Delta civic officials support the option of an inland port at Ashcroft as it will help to preserve farmland adjacent to Roberts Bank. The fact-finding tour will take place in a couple of weeks. It's the latest effort by Delta to convince those looking at port expansion at Roberts Bank that the Ashcroft inland terminal proposal remains a viable alternative. Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington was wise to point out that Europe presently makes extensive use of inland ports in order to relieve the industrial pressure on their marine terminals and agrees that it is time Port Metro Vancouver also decided to move in that direction.
Ashcroft Terminal was featured in the Vancouver Sun this week in regards to a fact-finding missing that Metro Vancouver’s port, rail, and trucking officials have scheduled to gauge its suitability as the site of a potential inland distribution park for Asia-Pacific container traffic. The mission is slated for April 9th and will include Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, who has been pushing Port Metro Vancouver to find other locations for port-related activities so it doesn't turn to agricultural land in Metro Vancouver.
Asia-Pacific container traffic expected to increase 300 per cent by 2020. Ashcroft Terminal is the meeting point of both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific trains, with up to 57 CP and CN trains travelling through the site each day and the site itself has over 300 acres of industrial land. Naturally, Ashcroft Terminal is ideally situated with the capacity to support this expected growth.
January 15, 2013 - Ashcroft Terminal is now a Silver Sponsor of the inaugural CLC 2014! "As part of the Southern Corridor on Canada's Pacific Gateway, the Ashcroft Terminal is uniquely positioned as a significant and sustainable materials management terminal that provides both handling/storage for bulk materials and trans-loading services for multi-modal transportation."
Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI)
Report and Recommendations Preamble:
Excerpt from Guiding Principles of the Report:
"...We believe in the federal government taking additional steps to make crystal clear the roles of port authorities, whether marine or air. The port authorities are not private-sector companies. They are custodians and operators of critical national infrastructure and should not compete with the private sector on port lands and should not invest in activities or assets where the private sector companies could be or are involved.
We believe that the Pacific Gateway infrastructure is a national asset and that we should do whatever possible, in a competitive environment, to spread the economic benefits across Canada..."