Citizens concerned over the inland port project
A group of worried Terrace residents are raising concerns over the location and safety of Progressive Venture's proposed inland port facility on Keith Avenue. Concerned resident Charles Claus says he is happy that a local business is looking at ways to stimulate the economy but raises concerns over increased traffic, noise pollution, building on prime real estate that can negatively alter the cities aesthetic and affect the Keith Estates Neighbourhood concept plan.
"The spirit and the tone of the Keith Estates Neighbourhood concept plan, a document that came about after extensive community engagement in 2014 and now is part of the official community plan. That plan concludes that heavy industry needed to be moved out of town. To use that land is a big chunk for just railway expansion. It somewhat limits the future development of the town over time."
Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases across the province, health officials have implemented restrictions, which forced the City of Terrace to postpone an in-person open house. Council is currently reviewing the legal requirements regarding open houses and public hearings to determine their public consultation options on the proposed Official Community Plan amendments.
The Virtual Open House is available on the City's website. These sessions allow community residents and stakeholders to comment on changes being considered that would enable Progressive Ventures to proceed with their project. Claus says there has been a dialogue between concerned citizens and the project's proponents.
"Even though we have talked to them, they are not willing to modify or change the project. In a nutshell, the City is still allowing the project, at least working towards it going forward, even though we have raised serious concerns."
The proposed development, just west of the Sande Overpass, would provide the ability to transfer containers from train to truck, storage, and commercial and light industrial options.