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Council Strongly Opposes CP Logistics Park

On Tuesday, December 1, Pitt Meadows City Council was briefed, for the first time, by Canadian Pacific (CP) about their aspirations to expand the Vancouver Intermodal Facility (VIF) in Pitt Meadows. This proposed expansion will add a 100-acre CP Industrial Logistics Park adjacent to the VIF.

Pitt Meadows City Council is unanimously and strongly opposed to CP’s proposed Industrial Logistics Park. The project poses numerous and significant health, safety and environmental risks to our community. Some of the negative impacts to our community include:

  • large unsightly grain silos, fuel tanks and auto lot that exacerbate public safety and environmental concerns;
  • negative impacts to birds, wildlife, aquatic life;
  • potential risks to the Katzie Slough is located in the middle of the proposed site and leads to a major pump station;
  • reduction of agricultural lands and agricultural production;
  • close proximity to residential area,  the Pitt River Greenway Dike Trail and BMX Track;
  • additional train traffic and truck traffic at Lougheed Highway and Kennedy Road; and
  • unknown effects to air quality, noise, health, quality of life.

CP Fails to Provide Meaningful and Transparent Engagement

On November 24, CP informed Mayor Dingwall, by phone, of their decision to issue a press release on December 2 and to begin a community engagement period (December 2 to January 15, 2021) in relation to the CP Logistics Park.

Mayor and Council are extremely disappointed that CP waited until December 1, 2020 to brief Council about their decision to begin community consultations on December 8. This tight timeframe does not allow for meaningful and transparent engagement. It fails to provide Council or the community with adequate opportunities to become properly informed on this very sensitive issue. 

Railway Authorities in Canada

The Federal Government, the Canada Transportation Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act regulate and identify requirements for the type and construction of railways and facilities.

The City of Pitt Meadows lacks the authority to:

  • prevent the removal of farmlands from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALC); and
  • approve land use, oversee zoning and issue development or building permits for federally regulated entities such as CP. 

Project Overview

Pitt Meadows Industrial Logistics Park is proposed on 100 acres on the south side of the CP’s existing Vancouver Intermodal Facility (VIF), east of Kennedy Road. The project has three major rail and transload components:

  1. Agricultural hub where Canadian agricultural products will be received by rail and transloaded to shipping containers for distribution in custom allotments around the world.
  2. Auto lot to receive by rail North American-made automobiles destined for local distributors and specifically designed to accommodate electric vehicles.
  3. Liquids transload and rail facility for transportation of fuels and ethanol mainly to serve demand in Metro Vancouver.

The proposed Logistics Park is located on CP-owned land, south—west of the existing VIF. The project is subject to regulatory approval by the Canadian Transportation Authority and if approved, would be operational in late 2027/early 2028.

More Information
CP Logistics Park project page
CP Logistics Park Discussion Guide
Email: engage@cplogisticspark.ca 

The Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Project

The proposed CP Logistics Park is separate from the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Project. For the past three years, Council has worked collaboratively with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, CP and the Government of Canada to advance the $141 million project that includes an underpass at Harris Road, an overpass at Kennedy Road and associated yard and track expansion. 

What the City and Council Are Doing to Oppose the CP Logistics Park

Council remains unanimously opposed to the CP Logistics Park and continues work aggressively to influence a different CP business decision. Council’s goal is to halt the development of the proposed CP Logistics Park.

Some of the initiatives that the City is undertaking to oppose the CP Logistics Park are:

Environmental Study
Council has authorized spending of up to $75,000 for an independent environmental study to determine associated health and environmental impacts of CP’s operations along the rail corridor in Pitt Meadows. The study will assess baseline measurements of pollutants and carcinogens in relation to regulatory standards for railway operations in Canada. The City’s own consultant will compare current Federal threshold levels to the levels found in Pitt Meadows. This data will be used to advocate for higher standards and to demand new generation engine technology.

Advocate to Senior Levels of Government
The City has embarked on a letter writing campaign to share Council’s and the community’s opposition to the CP Logistics Park with senior levels of government.

On November 27, Mayor Bill Dingwall wrote a letter to Minister Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Canadian Transportation Agency voicing the City’s and Council’s strong opposition and concerns in relation to the CP Logistics Park. This letter has been shared with Member of Parliament Marc Dalton, Member of the Legislative Assembly Lisa Beare, Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George as well as senior representatives from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canadian Pacific and the ALC.    

The City will continue to compile all feedback received from residents and share with the senior levels of government.

City Opposes Current Property Tax Rate for Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Initiates Review 
Council has directed staff to prepare a resolution to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) requesting a review of the current BC Assessment property tax rate for railway infrastructure in Pitt Meadows. Since 1996, railway infrastructure has been taxed as Class 6 Business. The goal is to ensure that all properties are equitably taxed to account for the increased burden on City services, operations as well as costly impacts to infrastructure. Read the full news release here.

Watch our website and the City’s social media channels for important updates in relation to the CP Logistics Park. The City will share updates related to engagement sessions, or reference materials to help provide transparency and important dates or additional context. 

What Can You Do?

Share Your Concerns with CP
CP’s engagement period is now closed and ran from December 2, 2020 to January 15, 2021. If you have addition feedback or questions, please email CP at engage@cplogisticspark.ca.  For more information, please see the discussion guide.

Sharing Community Concerns with Senior Levels of Government
Council is working hard to convey a strong and clear message to CP and their regulatory authorities that the Pitt Meadows community does not want this industrial park expansion—together our voice is stronger. The City urges community members to also write to senior government representatives. 

Contacts

Federal MP Marc Dalton
Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, British Columbia
​The Hill Office:
House of Commons *
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Email: marc.dalton@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.947.4613  |  Fax: 613.947.4615

Constituency Office:
Main office - Maple Ridge 
22369 Lougheed Hwy 
Maple Ridge, BC  V2X 2T3 
Email: marc.dalton@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 604.466.2761  |  Fax: 604.466.7593 

​Provincial MLA for Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows
Lisa Beare’s Community Office:
The Honourable, Lisa Beare
MLA, Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows 
104-20130 Lougheed Hwy
Maple Ridge BC, V2X 2P7
Email: Lisa.Beare.MLA@leg.bc.ca  | Phone: 604.465.9299  |  Fax: 604.465.9294

 ​Our Federal Government - Members of Cabinet
*Please note postage is not required for regular size letters (#10 envelope) mailed to Ottawa. 

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

Langevin Block
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.995.0253 | Fax: 613-947-0310

The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Transportation

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Email: marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.996.7267 | Fax: 613.995.8632

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Email: Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.995.1225 | Fax: 613.992.7319

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Email: Bernadette.Jordan@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.996.0877 | Fax: 613.996.0878

The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Email: Bill.Blair@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.995.0284 | Fax: 613.996.6309

​​Other Useful Ministry Contacts
You may consider sending letters to the following Cabinet Ministers as well, or cc them on your email.
 
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Email: Marie-Claude.Bibeau@parl.gc.ca | Phone: 613.995.2024 | Fax: 613.992.1696

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca | Telephone: 613-996-5322 | Fax: 613-996-5323

​The Honourable Seamus Thomas Harris O'Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Natural Resources

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Seamus.ORegan@parl.gc.ca | Telephone: 613-992-0927 | Fax: 613-995-7858

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Presentations

Regular Council Meeting - January 19, 2021 

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