Friday, May 16, 2014

Metro Vancouver Opening Community Office

By Mark Edward Nero

Port Metro Vancouver said May 12 that it is opening a community office in the city of Delta this summer in order to give those in the area an opportunity to speak with staff about port operations, initiatives and projects, including the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.

The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project is a proposed new three-berth container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta that would provide further capacity to potentially meet forecast demand until 2030.

“Many important port activities are taking place in Delta, and the new office will be a location where local community members can drop in to get information and provide input that will help Port Metro Vancouver balance growth demands with the need to protect our environment and respect the quality of life of our neighbors,” Port Metro Vancouver President and Chief Executive Officer Robin Silvester said in a statement announcing the office.

The office is expected to open in late July at the Trenant Park Shopping Center in Ladner and is planned to be open 10 am to 6 pm Wednesday to Friday and from 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays. The hours may be adjusted in the future based on community interest.

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said she was “extremely pleased” that the port was opening an office in Ladner.

“Port related activities and growth are a major source of interest for our community,” she said. “With the upcoming environmental assessment process for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion, this office will help to ensure timely and effective communications between Delta residents and Port Metro Vancouver.”