Belcarra Signs Charter With Vancouver Port Authority
On Monday, February 19th, 2001, Captain Norman Stark and Director Wayne Hartrick attended a meeting of Belcarra Council for the purpose of signing a Charter for the relationship between the Village of Belcarra and the Vancouver Port Authority (See Charter Below). Captain Stark is President and CEO of the Vancouver Port Authority (VPA), and Director Hartrick is the municipal representative to the VPA Board of Directors.
The VPA has signed similar Charters with five of the seven municipalities that surround the VPA harbour jurisdiction that includes Burrard Inlet, Port Moody Arm and Indian Arm.
Mayor Ralph Drew (left) and Captain Norman Stark (right) Sign Charter
Also Participating (left to right): Bruce Drake, Jennifer Glover, Wayne Hartrick, Larry Carlsen
For the Relationship Between the
Village of Belcarra
Vancouver Port Authority
WHEREAS Port Vancouver (Port) is a major employer and economic generator within the Vancouver Region and Canada’s Premier Port;
AND WHEREAS the Port is responsible for administration of the recreational waterfront lands in the Village of Belcarra (Village);
AND WHEREAS the Village and the Vancouver Port Authority (Port Authority) are both committed to the development and sound management of their areas, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of the environment;
THEREFORE the Village and the Port Authority acknowledge the importance of each to the other, and the necessity for a good working relationship between the two bodies, and commit to this Charter to guide that relationship.
1. The Port Authority and the Village each acknowledge the independence of the other, and the obligation of each to act in a manner consistent with its enabling legislation and obligations.
2. The Port Authority and the Village commit to continuing effective communication on matters of interest to both parties, including but not limited to timely notice to each other and consultation on physical developments and management policies that may affect the other.
3. The President and CEO of the Port Authority and the Village Administrator will arrange joint meetings of their respective management teams at least annually, and additionally when appropriate, to review the relevant plans of the two organizations to determine where there may be issues requiring resolution and areas where the two organizations may be mutually supportive.
4. Following the annual meeting of staffs from the two organizations, the Port Authority Board and Village Council will receive reports from their officials and give directions as each may deem appropriate on issues requiring action by staff to support the joint interests of the two organizations.
5. In the event of a disagreement, the Village and Port Authority agree to rely on a dispute resolution procedure involving:
a) In the first instance, a joint review by the President and CEO of the Vancouver Port Authority and the
b) If the review by the President and CEO of the Port Authority and the Village Administrator is
unsuccessful in resolving the dispute, a joint review by a committee consisting of the Mayor, two
members of the Village Council and the Village Administrator, and the Chair of the Vancouver Port
Authority, two members of the Board of the Port Authority and the President and CEO of the Port
c) If this is unsuccessful, mediation / arbitration by an independent board, with one member appointed by
each of the Port Authority and Village, and the third member, who shall be the Chair, appointed by the
The Village and Port Authority may agree to be bound by the conclusions of the arbitration. In any event the Village and the Port Authority undertake to give the recommendations from the process due consideration.
6. On matters requiring formal agreement between the two parties, the Village and the Port Authority agree to pursue simplified legal agreements relying on the dispute resolution procedure set out above.
7. The Village and the Port Authority agree to work together in the following areas of mutual interest, and insofar as their separate interests, obligations, policies and delegated authority may permit, the development of mutually agreed plans to further these objectives:
a) Promotion of the business of the Port;
b) Enhancement of the marine environment;
c) Provision of access to the waterfront and activities of the Port for citizens where this is consistent
with the work of the Port and the safety of persons;
d) Effective management of the use of the harbour, including recreational use where this is consistent
with the work of the Port;
e) Provision of effective road and rail access and utility services for the efficient operation of the Port;
f) Provision of access to water for necessary village utility services;
g) Provision of effective policing and emergency services in the Port and adjacent area of the Village,
including emergency planning and disaster response;
h) Ensuring that development on Port lands is compatible with the economic development of the Port and
the interests of the Village;
i) Ensuring that development in the Village is compatible with the economic development of the Port and
the interests of the Village;
j) Ensuring effective public consultation on significant decisions relating to Port and adjacent Port