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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 modernized 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?
YVR is currently underway with site preparation activities, or landlord works, to prepare the site for redevelopment. This includes development of the Templeton Corridor, which we expect will be complete by early 2020. The developer’s work will begin once commercial discussions between YVR and the proponent have concluded. An updated schedule will be shared at that time. 

How will you retain existing vegetation?
As with all development on Sea Island, and as part of our sustainability practices, YVR assesses all trees with the aim to retain, relocate or replace wherever possible. Twenty-five trees were evaluated as part of this redevelopment and 13 needed to be removed while 12 could be retained. As part of the improved Templeton Corridor planned for this area, hundreds of new trees will be planted. 

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.

Who is the project proponent?
As commercial negotiations are ongoing, we are not in a position to share the name of the project proponent.

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