Prince Rupert Port Authority Finalizes Land Use Plan Update


EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 21, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that it has finalized the update to its Land Use Plan.

PRPA’s Land Use Plan is a strategic document that helps guide PRPA’s vision to continue its sustainable growth within the lands and waters under its formal jurisdiction, and facilitate Canada’s trade with the world through the next 20 years.

The new Land Use Plan continues a commitment to emulate local Official Community Plans, and contains many new adaptations, features and commitments in response to feedback from local First Nations, government and residents. Several new land use designations were created to recognize a local desire to improve waterfront recreation, viewscape buffers, and habitat enhancement. PRPA also acted on its prior commitment to formalize an industrial moratorium in the Flora Bank marine area. 

PRPA’s Land Use Plan is a regulatory requirement under the Canada Marine Act, and was last updated in 2011. The update captures a dynamic decade of new investments, new terminals and new infrastructure that have developed at the Port of Prince Rupert, and reflects PRPA’s current vision of the growth potential for Canadian trade, and the progressive and innovative planning that will be required to achieve them. 

“The updated Land Use Plan will help guide the Prince Rupert Port Authority, ensuring we consider the long-term impact of our decisions to best support continued growth and diversification at our Port. The Plan reflects the feedback we have received from local First Nations, local governments, and residents, balancing environmental and community values while we work towards creating even greater economic and employment opportunities,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the process, which ultimately helped us make a strong Plan that will help us navigate our common future.”

The next 20 years will bring exciting opportunities and challenges to PRPA and the Port of Prince Rupert. Mutually beneficial partnerships with local First Nations, municipalities, and the communities they represent will ensure the port continues to grow as an engine for jobs and business opportunity, while continuing to reflect environmental and social values through safe, sustainable, and responsible land development.

The Land Use Plan contains provisions for revisions and updates, and will be formally reviewed again in 2025.

The Plan can be accessed at: https://www.rupertport.com/land-use-plan/

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY:

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com  

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