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YVR Templeton FAQs

Why did YVR choose this site?

YVR evaluated several sites on Sea Island using a broad sustainability evaluation. We considered many important criteria, including parcel size, permitted use, operational effectiveness, community impact, economic feasibility and environmental considerations. Based on these criteria, the Templeton Area site is the most suitable for this type of development.

How will operations change in the area? 

The project involves the construction of a modern cargo and logistics facility that will support efficient movement of goods locally, nationally and worldwide. These operations are consistent with the current use of land in the area. The facility will support a similar number of aircraft and vehicle movements with aircraft remaining at the same distance from neighbouring communities as they are today. 

What technical studies were done for the project?

YVR conducts comprehensive environmental reviews of all proposed projects in accordance with the Canadian environmental assessment legislation. As part of this process, we retained qualified independent specialists to undertake technical studies on the Templeton Area Redevelopment project which evaluated potential adverse environmental or social impacts. These studies concluded there would be no significant change to current noise, traffic or air quality levels. These studies will be updated during the detailed design phase of the project.

Will the development bring more traffic to the area?

YVR has committed to restricting traffic on Templeton Street, south of Sea Island Elementary, to operational use only for access to YVR’s wildlife facility and BC Hydro’s substation. We anticipate traffic levels to total between 5-25 movements daily. Traffic related to the construction of the new cargo and logistics facility, and its eventual operation, will be routed down Aylmer Road.

What is the timeline for the development?

We will share information about the development of a new cargo and logistics facility with the community as soon as we have it, and remain committed to working very closely with the community to ensure the development has a positive benefits for all. 

Are you planning to extend Templeton Street to Russ Baker Way?

We have no current plans to extend Templeton Street. Moreover, we are making significant investments to further restrict traffic on Templeton Street and create the Templeton Corridor. As stated in our approved Master Plan, the land use designation is in place for possible future connection to Russ Baker Way; however, we are committed to engaging in an ongoing dialogue with our municipal partners and Burkeville should we choose to explore this option further.

Why does the YVR 2037 Master Plan identify that Templeton is going through to Russ Baker Way?

While the land use plan zones for ground access for a potential road extension, there are no current plans to do so and the Templeton Redevelopment project does not extend Templeton Street to Russ Baker Way. Rather the project actually limits vehicles on Templeton Street and we are narrowing the road. Additionally, as part of this project, we are making significant investments in the Templeton Corridor, including the multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

I have ideas for the project; how can I share my ideas with YVR?

We are committed to open and timely communications and welcome input from the community on many of our planning and construction projects, including the Templeton Area Redevelopment. From project outset, we solicited and received valuable input through our engagement process, which helped shape many project requirements, such as the Templeton Corridor. As the project progresses, we anticipate creating additional opportunities for the community to continue to inform aspects of the work.

Does this land belong to YVR? 

This project site sits entirely on Federal airport lands. The area has been zoned for operational use and a combination of Groundside Commercial and Airside (or aviation activities) in land use plans as far back or prior to 1989. This zoning also applies to open grass fields to the west of Templeton Street that YVR permitted the City of Richmond to use until it was needed for development.

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