Pitt Meadows mayor part of delegation to Rotterdam conference

Pitt Meadows May John Becker - TIMES files
Pitt Meadows May John Becker
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Pitt Meadows may seem a world away from Rotterdam, Netherlands, but for Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker, issues and ideas around growth, transportation, and the movement of goods were all takeaways from a recent conference held in the European country.

“We are facing increasing challenges with the rail traffic through our community and the need for Lougheed Highway improvements to – in part – move goods from the CPR rail yard east, west and south,” he said.

Becker was asked to attend the conference – which wrapped up this past Friday – “by the Port Authority and by the Metro Chair Greg Moore, in my capacity as vice chair of the utilities committee,” Becker explained.

Costs for the trip were covered by Metro and the Port Authority, he added.

“I do not have all of the costs at my fingertips as these arrangements are made in block bookings by the trip organizers,” he said.

The conference, entitled Crossovers, dealt primarily with how “port city interfaces are managed and how port expansion  opportunities can be managed with port cities and regional planning.”

Becker said in terms of a Metro perspective, he was interested in “how to regionally plan in conjunction with the Port Authority to ensure the integrity of the Metro Regional Growth Strategy. Also, how demand for services can be understood and managed by the utility services of Metro.”

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