Prince Rupert Port Authority draft land use plan shows potential for major expansion

On June 1 the Prince Rupert Port Authority released its draft 2020 Land Use Management Plan, and it is a document that outlines some significant opportunities for growth in the waters around Prince Rupert.

On June 1 the Prince Rupert Port Authority released its draft 2020 Land Use Management Plan, and it is a document that outlines some significant opportunities for growth in the waters around Prince Rupert.

One of the ideas discussed in the 43-page draft document, which is available at www.rupertport.com, is the expansion of the Ridley Industrial site and the possibility of expanding beyond the current Ridley Island area.

“The longer term possibility of bridging Lelu Island with Ridley or the mainland would allow the development of Lelu Island…For the medium term the PRPA does not envisage any development for Lelu Island, but long term opportunities suggest use of this island for bulk commodity terminals and general industrial uses. More detailed site analysis, planning and infrastructure analysis will occur prior to any development considerations,” reads the draft, which also looks at potential usage of the south end of Ridley Island and islands just off the Ridley coast but says there are no plans to develop Kitson Island.

“The PRPA will retain the option to consider long term development of the outer islands, but will not advance any development without additional planning consideration that reflects navigation, construction of an approach trestle or causeway, environmental characteristics and the impact on operations of other uses already established on Ridley Island…With the relative distance of the outer islands to developed areas in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, the use of the outer Risley Islands for potential liquid bulk products is deemed to offer the best value for the Port.”

Other plans for Ridley Island include “large bulk commodity terminals to the central and wester area” and “more intensive and smaller industrial enterprises” at the eastern edge. Among the considerations, in addition to a rail loop and storage line around the island, are marinas, a logistic park on the edge of Kaien Island, automobile transfer and storage, additional bulk terminals, pipe yards and short sea shipping.

Closer to Prince Rupert, the Port Authority is looking at options to redevelop old facilities, like a bulk facility at the old Westview dock, increasing the number of anchorages for waiting freighters to eight, and long term potential for marina and ship facilities at the Lightering Dock.

“With limited upland land areas for future development, the Inner Harbour will be considered primarily for commodity shipments and ancillary uses not dependent on large backup areas,” reads the report, noting that development will also be contingent upon “the long term extent of rail trackage within the inner harbour upland area”.

The report also says the Port Authority will be keeping a keen eye on possible access to Digby Island and the Tsimshian Peninsula.

“The PRPA is to remain vigilant with respect to any long term road access to Digby Island and the north shore of the harbour. This has implications for existing and future Fairview Terminal operations (given the proximity of the terminal area t a potential bridge crossing) but any such crossing may offer substantial benefits for long term industrial use (e.g oil and gas exploration activity),” it reads.

“Similarly, the creation of an access route could create potential for the long term port related industrial development on the north shore of the harbour, which currently does not have road access.”

Residents will have their opportunity to provide feedback on the draft 2020 Land Use Management Plan during a session at the Crest Hotel on June 15 from five p.m. To eight p.m.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Staff at Acropolis Manor, a Prince Rupert long-term health care facility in April 2020 where no cases of COVID-19 were reported until an outbreak on Jan. 19, 2021. As of Jan. 25th, 32 people associated with the residence have tested positive for the virus. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Staff at Acropolis Manor a Prince Rupert long term health care facility, take pride in their work place that no COVID-19 cases have been reported in the facility during the pandemic.This photo taken, April 20, from outside, looking through a window shows staff adhering to strict protocols and best practices to keep residents happy and healthy. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
COVID-19 numbers increase at Acropolis Manor – 32 infected

Prince Rupert man concerned about temp. staff from out of region working at long-term care facility

Ken Veldman vice president, public affairs and sustainability, at Prince Port Port Authority on Jan. 21 addressed local employers in an online presentation about a new community recruitment program to attract employees to Prince Rupert. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
New recruitment campaign to be launched in Prince Rupert

Web platform will use community collaboration to attract new employees to Prince Rupert

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer

‘An employer must make the case’ using expert science, explains lawyer David Mardiros

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

A woman wearing a protective face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
Five big lessons experts say Canada should learn from COVID-19:

‘What should be done to reduce the harms the next time a virus arises?’ Disease control experts answer

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform as she makes a phone call. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver man calls 911 to report his own stabbing, leading to arrest: police

Officers located the suspect a few blocks away. He was holding a bloody knife.

Vernon has agreed to a goose cull to control the over-populated invasive species making a muck of area parks and beaches. (Morning Star file photo)
Okanagan city pulls the trigger on goose cull

City asking neighbours to also help control over-population of geese

FILE – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his opening remarks at a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine CEO ‘very, very clear’ that Canada’s contracts will be honoured: Trudeau

Trudeau says he spoke to Moderna CEO on the morning of Jan. 26

Ben Tyler was working on a Nicola area ranch when he disappeared. File photo
Ben Tyler was working on a Nicola area ranch when he disappeared. File photo
2 years after his riderless horse was found, police believe Merritt cowboy was killed

Two years after he went missing, Ben Tyner’s family makes video plea for information

A ground worker wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 unloads lobsters from a WestJet Airlines flight at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trudeau teases stricter travel measures; Canadians flying to U.S. now need COVID test

Prime minister says measures need to not hurt imports and essential trade

Seats in the waiting area of domestic departures lounge of Calgary International Airport are seen with caution tape on them on June 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
3-in-4 Canadians in favour of banning interprovincial travel: Poll

According to Research Co., 80 per cent of Canadians would like to see restrictions imposed

Most Read