PITT MEADOWS, BC – Council has approved a permit for Onni to deposit 500,000 cubic metres of structural fill into the Golden Ears Business Park (GEBP) Phase 4 site.
Filling the site is necessary to raise current grades above the floodplain construction level. Structural fill was used in GEBP phases 1, 2 and 3. Not only is structural fill industry standard, there are clear protocols in place to address environmental concerns such as the ability to trace the source of the fill. Structural fill provides a less intrusive option than the use of dredged sand. The dredging of sand would require the installation of a pipe under/over Fraser Way which would cause problems with the City’s infrastructure and create capacity issues with the drainage network. Had dredging been used, it may have necessitated sand to be transported by truck to the site and require sweeping and clean-up of the roadway. Surrounding neighbourhoods would experience a significant increase in noise levels with a 24/7 operation that occurs with dredging.
Resulting from the structural fill permit, Council and staff successfully negotiated a $1.5 million amenity contribution from Onni. In comparison, the City received a $200,000 amenity contribution that funded the City’s skateboard park for all three previous phases combined. In addition, road levies have been collected for each phase to maintain road infrastructure.
“The $1.5 million amenity contribution is evidence the City is on the right path to achieving the best business park that we can which will include important berms, buffers and pathways for our community,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “This is an important step forward in strengthening our working relation relationship with Onni who is our largest business property owner and non-residential taxpayer.”
“Council has not yet determined how the $1.5 million will be spent, however, this amenity contribution will provide significant funding towards one or more important City initiatives.” said Mark Roberts, Chief Administrative Officer.
An independent qualified environmental professional hired by the City and paid for by Onni will monitor environmental aspects and ensure that erosion and sediment control measures are properly implemented.
City staff will be monitoring the site and filling activities closely to ensure compliance is met.
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Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows