Sponsors: City of Terrace
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS economic development growth in the Northwest is resulting in a steady increase to road and rail traffic along the Highway 16 corridor which is creating safety concerns and negatively impacting communities;
AND WHEREAS Highway 16 is the northern link to the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and upgrading key road transportation corridors to support trade is a priority in the Province of BC’s “Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy 2012 – 2020”;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and the UBCM advocate for the Provincial Government to initiate an Asia-Pacific Northern Infrastructure Strategy to address barriers to trade and transportation and impacts to northern communities along Highway 16, and that such a strategy include participation by northern stakeholder communities and industry.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the Province to develop a specific “Asia-Pacific northern infrastructure strategy” complete with stakeholder participation, focused on Highway 16 with the goal of addressing barriers to trade and transportation and impacts to communities.
However, UBCM is aware that members have consistently endorsed resolutions seeking a province-wide, multi-modal transportation strategy or policy that would include components such as highway upgrades; safety improvements; transportation of dangerous goods; emergency response; and coordination between different modes of transport (2013-B13, 2009-B16, 2008-B110, 2008-B107, 2003-B59, 2000-B63, 1998-A6, 1996-B88, 1995-B55, 1992-A17).