Redesign Rupert has finally announced the unveiling of the much anticipated Prince Rupert 2030, a new vision for the next decade of community growth and development in Prince Rupert.
“Prince Rupert is experiencing one of the most significant transitions in its history; it is quickly becoming a port city and one of the major players in trans-Pacific trade. With unprecedented economic growth in front of us, DP World sees the opportunity to accelerate the growth of the community and, at the same time, transition Prince Rupert to one of the most livable cities on the West Coast of North America,” Maksim Mihic, general manager at DP World (Canada), said.
Redesign Rupert works in partnership with the city, Community Futures, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, DP World, Ray-Mont Logistics and Ridley Terminals Inc.
“As the Port of Prince Rupert continues to grow, with plans to double traffic, and the resulting economic activity associated with the Port industry through the next decade, together we are in a very unique position to develop a vision for the community that contributes to its livability, vitality, and sustainability for the future. We are grateful for the work Redesign Rupert has done in collaborating with port partners, community organizations, and the City of Prince Rupert to work with a highly-skilled planning agency to guide us through this exercise,” Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO, of Prince Rupert Port Authority, said.
The 2030 vision is the culmination of 18 different community engagement events in 2016-17 and two creative workshops in 2019 and community research to understand the biggest challenges facing residents.
“Ridley Terminals Inc is proud to contribute to Redesign Rupert, which has allowed for an innovative and collaborative effort for many sectors of the community to develop a vision for Prince Rupert. This initiative is important as we would like to see the community prosper. As an industry leader in the region, we have a long history of contributing to community initiatives and will continue to do so well into the future. The development of Prince Rupert is key to the success of RTI as we look to attract and retain employees for our organization,” Marc Dulude, CEO OF Ridley Terminals Inc., said.
The 2030 plan will include strategies to address housing, social infrastructure, urban design, parks and recreation, environment and wilderness, downtown revitalization and retail, placemaking and workforce recruitment.
“As an innovative company with innovation as a core value, Ray-Mont is proud to contribute to the creative initiative that is Redesign Rupert. Ray-Mont Logistics’ development is closely aligned with the city of Prince Rupert’s interest and vision, as we have the ambition to pursue our growth there for many years to come. We are thus active in ensuring the development is done harmoniously with the community that has been welcoming us for 3 years now,” Charles Raymond, president and CEO of Ray-Mont Logistics.
The Prince Rupert 2030 Vision will be unveiled on Dec. 12 at the Lester Centre of the Arts at 6:30 p.m.
“For our part as a City, the implementation of new policies and development incentives will be key to kick starting revitalization in areas such as the downtown, waterfront, housing, and more. That will only happen through ongoing community partnership and public engagement in the coming years to solidify the ideas and designs presented with the broader community,” Mayor Lee Brain said.
We have all been building to this moment for the last five years. This 2030 Vision puts us at the intersection of our dreams to create a thriving community and our place in the world as global traders. And, it gives us the tools to allow this new future to unfold,” John Farrell, General Manager for Community Futures said.
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