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Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Loading Facility

Update October 2020

Further to the public engagement events and public comment period held this summer, we have prepared a summary and considerations report to capture all public consultation feedback received. A pdf copy of the report is now available for viewing below. We have also re-posted a pdf copy of our previous summary and considerations report relating to the first public comment period, which took place in 2017.

Please note that our proposed project continues to be reviewed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The Public Comment Period is Now Closed

The public comment period related to the proposed project is now closed. However, a permit decision has not yet been made by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. All feedback received during the public comment period (May 29 – July 6, 2020) will be included as part of the summary and considerations report, and the report will be posted on this website.

Digital Public Consultation Sessions 

Summit Earthworks (Summit) held two evenings of small group, facilitated digital public consultation regarding its proposal to construct and operate the ‘Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility’ located on the corner of Derwent Way and Salter St. in New Westminster. These sessions were further to an on-line public comment period undertaken in 2017.

Given the continued COVID-19 restrictions regarding in-person gatherings and physical distancing – and to ensure we protect the health and safety of everyone – this public consultation was done digitally using Zoom technology.

Designed and led by a professional facilitator, each evening consisted of two separate consultation sessions on the community concerns identified to date:

  • Part A: Construction and Operations Concerns (Facility Design, Traffic, Noise & Aesthetics); and
  • Part B: Environment Concerns (Soil, Air Quality, Habitat and Water Quality).

The schedule for the digital facilitated public consultation was:


Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 5:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
Part A was a Zoom meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Part B was a separate Zoom meeting from 7:10 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.


Thursday, June 25, 2020, 5:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
Part A was a Zoom meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Part B was a separate Zoom meeting from 7:10 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.

The objectives of the consultation were to:

  • confirm existing community concerns and identify any additional ones that stakeholders may have;
  • discuss project concerns, Summit’s responses on how to address them and any additional questions, comments or suggestions;
  • solicit and document the kind of meaningful feedback that will lead to project mitigations or commitments; and
  • ensure interactivity, engagement and equal opportunity for participation in light of using digital technologies
The digital public consultation sessions were recorded to help ensure input could be captured. Audio file versions of these sessions can be accessed below:

Public information and consultation materials

We have developed information materials about the project, construction and operational activities, and their potential effects on the environment and local communities.

Technical reports relating to the project can be found at

About the proposed project

The project application is for a transfer facility that would be receiving waste soil from development sites in Metro Vancouver for onward transport to a permanent treatment facility in Mission, BC. The received soils would not contain hazardous waste. The soil would not be stored or treated onsite. The soils would be temporarily stockpiled before being transported by barge to the permanent treatment/ disposal facility. The proposed transfer facility would be constructed with a lined, paved, and covered temporary soil storage area, a sound barrier wall on the western boundary (with a tree hedge), a truck wheel wash station, a water treatment system, and supporting civil infrastructure. Pending permit approval, construction would be expected to begin shortly after approval, for a duration of approximately 6 months. Once operational, trucks would access the proposed site from Salter St. with about 15 to 30 trucks arriving at the proposed facility daily, to a maximum of 60 trucks.Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility

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The proposed project is currently being reviewed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority under their Project and Environmental Review process.

More information on this review and to review application submission materials, please visit: