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.
The Public Input Period beings at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012. View the agenda for the meeting.
The same valid concerns will undoubtedly be voiced once again from the many stakeholders in this project.
North Van Urban Forum has been busy with the week’s delay to slice and dice PMV’s noise study and prepare a set of amendments for City Council to consider should they approve the project. Read the article Released: June 18 Council Briefing for Low Level Road / Port Metro Vancouver Expansion Project and view their Council Briefing. With their recommendations to Council, North Van Urban Forum is looking to the see how they can protect residents from future noise issues.
What lessons have been learned?
Given that this has been one of the largest projects, if not the largest project, ever undertaken by the City, what lessons have been learned? Will the City and residents be more wary of another port / rail expansion project disguised as a road project? Certainly, other communities should take notice of PMV’s “public consultation” process. What lessons has PMV learned from this project?