This concept artwork from July 2020 shows the inland port planned for the former Skeena Cellulose mill site in Terrace. (Image courtesy Hatha Callis, Progressive Ventures Group)

This concept artwork from July 2020 shows the inland port planned for the former Skeena Cellulose mill site in Terrace. (Image courtesy Hatha Callis, Progressive Ventures Group)

City of Terrace postpones inland port hearing

Postponement comes after extension of B.C. public health order restricting gatherings

The City of Terrace has postponed a planned public hearing for the proposed inland port development until after the holidays because of the recent extension of a B.C. public health order restricting gatherings.

Originally, the city planned to hold a four-hour public hearing on Dec. 17, providing a chance for the public to give feedback on the proposed development. All feedback provided to the city and the developer, Progressive Ventures, would also be presented at such a public hearing. The city had also scheduled a special council meeting for Dec. 18, which is when council would have decided on bylaw amendments required for the development to proceed, after accounting for all feedback received.

However, B.C. recently extended a public health order limiting social interactions. The order was originally meant to end Dec. 4 but has now been extended to at least Jan. 8, 2021.

The city has not announced new dates for the public hearing and special council meeting, but it has extended a virtual open house, set up to provide information about the proposed development, until Dec. 31.

A spokesperson for the city said more information will be available once the city figures out details of how to handle public participation under the provincial health orders.

The city has set up a dedicated web page for information about the proposed inland port, including a timeline of events and answers to frequently asked questions. That page can be found at www.terrace.ca/proposed-inland-port