Metro Vancouver says they are unable to support the scope and size of the Massey Tunnel replacement plan.
Chair Greg Moore says they are opposed because of a lack of consultation and that it doesn’t fit regional planning.
Metro Vancouver oversees the Greater Vancouver regional district.
The provincial government wants to replace the Massey tunnel with a 3.5 billion dollar, ten lane toll bridge. Moore also noted the negative impact on farmland and ecological areas.
Richmond City Councillor Harold Steves spoke with Simi Sara about why his city is so opposed to the plan.
One of his chief concerns is for the fishing industry along the Fraser River, because he says Port Metro Vancouver wants the river dredged in order to turn the mouth of the Fraser into a new port.
“The port says they want 2500 acres…one of the realtors that works for the ports already got options on 600, the port has acquired 230 acres in Richmond already. They’re just waiting for the bridge to be built and we’ll see the farmland go and Delta is industrialized, and so is a good chunk of Richmond. Farmland is gone, industry goes in, more housing, more people, more traffic, more congestion.”
Delta fires back
But Delta Mayor Lois Jackson is firing back at the Metro Mayors.
Jackson says Metro Vancouver is flat out wrong when it says consultation was flawed.
“There were three public rounds of engagement over three thousand participants in Richmond in Delta in Surrey and by the stroke of a pen they said ‘none of this was done, there was no consultation.'”
She says Mayors also regularly complain about the perceived problems with the project, while ignoring the benefits.
“One of the biggest things that has been forgotten is the goods movement in and out of this area of the port.”
Jackson admits Delta has a huge stake in the project with plans of a casino in the works and a major mall under construction.