The Mayor of Richmond says he’s taking the city’s battle against Port Metro Vancouver to the next level.
Malcolm Brodie wants federal intervention after he says the Port is still trying to acquire important city farmland, and the Port needs to stop.
Brodie suspects further land purchases are going to be designated for industrial use.
“In their new port land use plan, this farm, 250 acres, is shown as a special study area. But we know darn well the plan is to use it for industrial purposes at some point in the future.”
“The region has to supply more industrial land over a period of time, and use it more effectively. What is not on is the use of agricultural land for industrial purposes. The agricultural land is protected by city zoning, and that is the way it should stay.”
By continuing to pursue more land – at least 2,300 acres, Brodie says the Port is not respecting the city’s stance.
However, Peter Xotta, Vice President of Port Metro Vancouver’s Planning and Operations, says the city may need to make some considerations.
“Management of lands throughout the Lower Mainland is on the verge of becoming a national crisis. Independent studies show the region will run out of industrial land in about 10 years, not just for port-related business, but any business that seeks industrial operations. Lower Mainland municipalities are converting industrial land to other uses at an alarming rate, and industrial users are running out of options.”
“Port Metro Vancouver is not pursuing any new lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve, however, the challenge remains that we live in a region where available land is scarce, whether it’s for residential, agricultural or industrial development. There are a million more people expected in the region in the next 25 years, and we need to work together to plan accordingly. An industrial land reserve could protect valuable industrial land for economic development, while also relieving pressure on agricultural land.”