On Monday June 18, 2012 North Vancouver City Council is scheduled to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with the Port Metro Vancouver’s proposed Low Level Road Project (aka the PMV’s Port/ Rail Expansion Project ).

This decision comes a week after Council voted 4-3 to delay the decision on June 11, 2012. Last week’s Council meeting heard residents voice concerns about many unresolved issues concerning the project. Of course, there was the repeated concern that PMV did not release all of the technical reports until June 1, 2012 and that they failed to provide any consultation on these reports after they promised to do so in September 2011.

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Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) has been marketing a key benefit of the proposed Low Level Road Improvement Project (LLRP) to residents over the past year. This benefit is train whistle cessation. This change will be welcomed by residents who have been plagued by incessant train whistles for the last 3 years.

The LLRP will close 3 at-grade crossings. The closure of the Neptune-Cargill crossing will also bring a new overpass which will increase the overall safety level at this crossing for everyone including residents, bicyclists, drivers, and port employees. The LLRP will also close the St. Patricks and St. Andrews at-grade crossings which will bring much needed safety improvements as well.

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In North Van Urban Forum’s (NVUF) recent post, Port Metro Vancouver Releases Environmental & Technical Reports on the Proposed Low Level Road Project, they note that their group’s own name was stated incorrectly in PMV’s May_23_Public_Meeting_Responses document as being the “North Shore Urban Forum”.

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The Public Input Meeting hosted by North Vancouver City Council on Wednesday, May 23rd allowed residents to voice their concerns about Port Metro Vancouver’s (PMV) Proposed Low Level Road Project. The key themes of the evening were potential increases in noise levels and air pollution in the future, and that the noise and environmental studies have not been delivered by PMV.

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Port Metro Vancouver’s (PMV) public consultation phase of the Proposed Low Level Road Project is now complete. The Open Houses and Workshops are over, the video that simulates traveling the new road is in re-runs, the porttalk.ca discussion board has been closed for comments, and the Consultation Summary Report has been completed.

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With the public consultation complete, Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) and City of North Vancouver (CNV) staff have finalized the “preferred design” for the proposed Low Level Road.  The next steps for the project are to present the design back to the public, and seek approval from CNV Council to proceed.

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In July 2011 North Vancouver City Council decided to proceed with the Detailed Design Phase of Port Metro Vancouver’s (PMV) proposed Low Level Road Project and contributed $1,000,000 toward this phase of the project.  The objective of this decision was so that the design of the project could be advanced to a lower level of detail such that City Council would be able to make a more informed decision, in spring 2012, about moving forward with the construction phase of the project.

The decision to proceed with Detailed Design also included a commitment by PMV to continue consultations with the community.  Local residents are key stakeholders in this project and expect that the Detailed Design will answer questions such as:

  • What will be the height of the new Low Level Road?
  • Where will the 2 new rail tracks be located for the rail expansion?
  • What measures will be implemented to mitigate noise from the expanded rail yard?
  • What measures will be implemented to mitigate impact on the environment?

PMV recently advertised their forthcoming events for the much anticipated community consultation with residents in Lower Lonsdale about the project.

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