April 20, 2018
SENT VIA EMAIL
Trefor Smith and Chris Walko Strathcona Residents Association
c/o Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer Street Vancouver, BC V6A 3V8
Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Walko:
As you are aware, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has been undertaking a
Project and Environmental Review (PER) process for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project (Centerm). The VFPA has recently come to a decision on Centerm, and their decision materials can be found here https://www.portvancouver.com/development-andpermits/status-of-applications/centerm-expansion-project/
The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has been engaged with VFPA regarding Centerm and monitoring its progress through the PER process. The EAO’s intention was to let the VFPA process continue to completion before determining whether Centerm requires a provincial environmental assessment.
Now that a decision has been rendered by VFPA, the EAO will be reviewing VFPA’s decision materials to determine if there are any significant adverse effects anticipated from the project, and if there are any outstanding issues of provincial interest. Through this review, the EAO will determine whether an environmental assessment certificate is required, or whether consideration of an exemption under Section 10(1)(b) of the Environmental Assessment Act may be appropriate.
Following the EAO’s initial review of the materials over the next few weeks, I will notify you of the proposed next steps and any additional opportunities to provide input into the process. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me at 778 698-3398 or Kimberly.Walters@gov.bc.ca , or contact David Angus, Project Assessment Officer at 778 698-9324 or by email at David.Angus@gov.bc.ca
Project Assessment Manager
Mike Shepard, Executive Project Director, Environmental Assessment Office
David Angus, Project Assessment Office, Environmental Assessment Office