A proposed expansion to a Port Metro container terminal on the south shore of Vancouver’s inner harbour has area residents concerned about the impact on their neighborhood.
Residents are especially worried what it would mean for Crab Park, considered by many to be the neighborhood’s living room. The terminal, owned by Dubai Ports World, would grow by nearly 66% under the proposal, prompting fears the expansion may block park views.
Sarah Butterfield of the community group Port People, says there hasn’t been enough consultation with people who live in the community adjacent to the terminal, and that’s why her group has organized a community meeting.
“The neighborhood is still waiting for answers on safety and communication concerns from last year’s toxic fire and so it’s very upsetting to not be consulted on a 66% expansion of that same terminal. The community meeting gives residents the chance to share information as Port Metro has not been forthcoming with residents.”
Consultation process questioned
According to the information page on the Port Metro Vancouver website, the preliminary comment period to gather feedback for the project was from January 18-February 12.
The report from the comment period says that residents and other stakeholders were notified in a number of different ways, including distributing postcards to 6200 households and businesses in the area.
Sarah Butterfield says that is not the case.
“Port Metro says they handed out 6000 flyers, but not a single resident in the area we have talked to saw a single consultation flyer.”
Port People’s community meeting happens at 7pm tonight at the Japanese Hall located at 487 Alexander Street.