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Maple Ridge Named NAIOP ‘Most Business Friendly Municipality’ For Third Year
On Thursday, November 23, 2017 the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) will present Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read with a NAIOP Award for Municipal Excellence recognizing Maple Ridge as the ‘Most Business Friendly Municipality’ in the region for the third consecutive year.
City Launches Community Consultation on Preserving Hammond Heritage Character
Starting in early 2018, the City will seek public feedback on the best ways to preserve the heritage character of Hammond.
City Moves Forward With Injunction Against St. Anne Encampment
Maple Ridge Council unanimously decided to resume injunction proceedings to clear the St. Anne encampment.
Fern Crescent Road Project Update
The City of Maple Ridge will be seeking community and neighbourhood input as it looks to improve the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians for the section of Fern Crescent from the Eagles Hall, just east of Balsam Street, through to the intersection of 236 Street.
Maple Ridge Launches New Open Government Portal
On Tuesday, October 17 the City of Maple Ridge launched a new Open Government Portal with a live stream demonstration in Council Chambers attended by Mayor and Council.
City of Maple Ridge Fire Department Seeks Safety Improvements by BC Housing
The City of Maple Ridge Fire Department has noted that there are a number of safety issues relating to activity at the St. Anne camp.
Council Approves Sunday Openings for Maple Ridge Public Library in 2018
Council has decided to have the Maple Ridge Public Library open on Sundays through the summer, starting in 2018.
Maple Ridge Will ‘Light Up Purple’ For World Mental Health Day
Starting on Tuesday, October 10, and for the next seven days, the outdoor lighting around City Hall will be purple to honour the legacy of Amanda Todd and acknowledge World Mental Health Day.
Public to Have Its Say on Whether the City Should Offer Road Side Waste Pickup
Whether the city should offer road side waste pickup (garbage and organics) has been a topic of discussion in the community for quite some time.
Council Moves Forward with Outdoor Pool Project
On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Council moved forward with the development of an outdoor pool, located east of Thomas Haney Secondary co-located with the City’s existing lawn bowling and tennis facilities.
Council Reviewing Proposed Outdoor Pool Project at Tuesday Council Workshop Meeting
On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Maple Ridge Council will review a report that outlines the options for the delivery of an outdoor pool. Based on the information, Council will decide if and how the project will proceed.
Maple Ridge Prepares Request for Proposal for Curbside Solid Waste Program
On Tuesday, September 20, 2017 David Pollock, Municipal Engineer, provided Council with an update on a Request For Proposals (RFP) for an integrated solid waste program.
Council Briefed on Outdoor Pool Consultation
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Council received a briefing by Paul Fast from HCMA Architecture and Design on the community consultation that is underway to explore the development of a new 10 lane 25-metre competition pool facility located east of Thomas Haney Secondary west of 232 Street adjacent to the Maple Ridge lawn Bowling and tennis facilities.
Maple Ridge Begins Public Consultation on Secondary Suites
On Tuesday, September 19, Maple Ridge Council directed staff to begin a consultation program to determine the community’s views on expanding the availability of secondary suites in Maple Ridge in order to increase rental housing stock for the community.
Maple Ridge Fire Department Lifts Fire Ban
The total ban on outdoor burning within the City of Maple Ridge has been lifted as of noon, September 19, 2017.
Speed Limit Raised to 60 KPH on New Four Lane Section of 128 Avenue
On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Operations staff at the City of Maple Ridge installed new speed signs along the newly widened section of 128 Avenue between 210 Street east towards the intersection at 224 Street raising the speed limit from 50 kilometres per hour (KPH) to 60 KPH.
Maple Ridge CAO Ted Swabey Resigns
Maple Ridge Chief Administrative Officer Ted Swabey announced his resignation from the position of CAO at the City of Maple Ridge effective September 8, 2017. He will be joining the Municipality of North Cowichan as City Manager.
Provincial Resources Directed to Assist Citizens Facing Evictions
On Thursday, August 3, Mayor Read hosted a meeting with the owner of one of the buildings where renovations are displacing citizens from their rental accommodations.
City of Maple Ridge Moves Forward With Outdoor Pool Concept
On Tuesday, August 1, Council voted to proceed with an outdoor pool project located at 232 Street east of Thomas Haney High School co-located with the existing lawn bowling and tennis facilities.
Council Approves Community Consultation on Indoor Pool
On Tuesday, August 1, Council directed staff to develop a consultation program to engage the community around the development of an indoor pool facility.
Albion Community Centre Design Contract Awarded
On Tuesday, July 25 Council moved the Albion Community Centre project to the next step with the award of the contract for architectural design services to Craven Huston Power Architects.
Council Moves Leisure Centre Upgrade Project Forward
On Tuesday, July 25, Council approved the recommendations for staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of the Leisure Centre Pool Systems Upgrade.
Council Moves Synthetic Fields to Design Stage
On Tuesday, July 25 Council awarded a contract to R.F. Binnie & Associates to undertake design work for two new synthetic fields.
Construction Contracts Awarded for Karina LeBlanc All Weather Field
On Tuesday, July 25, Maple Ridge Council awarded the contracts for the installation of the new Karina LeBlanc Field at Merkley Park.
Staff & Volunteers Gain Valuable Knowledge Assisting With Wildfire Response
Three City of Maple Ridge staff members who are part of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) team and a number of Emergency Support Service (ESS) volunteers were able to get frontline experience assisting other communities as part of the ongoing BC Wildfire response.
Parks, Recreation and Culture Infrastructure Enhancements
City of Maple Ridge Rallying to Support Those Impacted by BC Wildfires
Wildfires in the province over the last week have had a significant impact on families in British Columbia.
Maple Ridge Fire Department Enacts Fire Ban
With the dry and warm weather we are experiencing, the weather forecast into the next two weeks and the Forest Fire Weather index moving towards Extreme Forest Fire Danger Rating, effective immediately the Maple Ridge Fire Department is invoking a fire ban in all areas of Maple Ridge.
June 28 Update: City of Maple Ridge Injunction Application
The City of Maple Ridge was scheduled to be back in BC Supreme Court for a two-day hearing on June 28 and 29.
City of Maple Ridge Unveils New Street Banners
The installation of six new street banner designs started on Monday, June 26 and the full installation throughout the community is expected by Thursday, June 29, just in time for the weekend Canada Day celebration at Memorial Peace Park.
June 21 Update: City of Maple Ridge Injunction Application
On June 20, the City of Maple Ridge asked the BC Supreme Court for an adjournment of the hearing of the City’s injunction application to consider the large volume of evidence which had been filed on behalf of those occupying the St. Anne protest camp, and to ensure that sufficient court time is available to hear the City’s application in its entirety.
Maple Ridge Council Meets With Newly Elected MLAs
On Tuesday, June 13, Maple Ridge Council met with newly elected MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare as part of a Closed meeting.
Tourism Forum Brings Regional Experts Together With Local Stakeholders
The City of Maple Ridge is hosting two Tourism Fora to bring regional experts on tourism to the community to share their experiences with local stakeholders and community members.
June 5 Update: City of Maple Ridge Injunction Application
On Monday, June 5 the City of Maple Ridge appeared before the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver seeking an injunction to end the illegal occupation of the St. Anne property that commenced on May 2, 2017.
Fraser River Update
The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Fraser River. The advisory includes areas of the main stem river from the Fraser Canyon downstream to the ocean.
City of Maple Ridge Files Lawsuit Seeking Injunction to End Occupation of St. Anne Property
On Tuesday, May 30, the City initiated legal proceedings in British Columbia Supreme Court, seeking injunctions intended to end the unauthorized occupation of the St. Anne property.
Culture Walk: Exploring Our Nature
Maple Ridge’s celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary will start this week with “Culture Walk: Exploring our Nature” on Sunday, June 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Celebrate Tourism Week by Being a Tourist in Your Own City
Maple Ridge is joining communities, cities and regions around British Columbia to recognize National Tourism Week - May 28 to June 3, 2017.
Jennifer Hyland Selected as Officer in Charge of Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment
The City of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows are pleased to announce Inspector Jennifer Hyland has been selected as the new Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Ridge Meadows Detachment of the RCMP.
MACAI Seeking Nominations for Accessibility Awards
MACAI is seeking nominations for local businesses, organizations and members of the general public who are ‘difference makers’ by supporting individuals with varying abilities, inclusive of physical, emotional, social and financial challenges and needs.
May 11 Update: St. Anne’s Protest Camp
On Friday, May 5, City staff provided legal notice to the campers onsite that they need to vacate the site as it falls under the City’s Parks Regulations Bylaw.
Cultural Plan Survey Launch
We need the community’s help to shape the direction and priorities for the future to build a vibrant community for everyone who lives, works and plays in Maple Ridge.
St. Anne’s Protest Camp Update
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 a group identifying themselves as the ‘Alliance Against Displacement’ entered a fenced off area in the Haney neighbourhood.
City Monitoring Camp Formation
On the morning of Tuesday, May 2, 2017 a group set up a camp on a property located on the west side of St. Anne’s Street south of 117 Avenue.
MC Freight Delivers New Business to Maple Ridge
For Graham McCargar, owner of MC Freight, managing logistics and tight delivery schedules is all in a day’s work.
Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Aquatics Area Upgrades Move Forward
At the February 28, 2017 Council meeting Council endorsed a project that will see the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre undergo a retrofit.
Help Shape the Future
The City of Maple Ridge is currently involved in an extensive consultation around the future development of parks, recreation and cultural facilities to meet the needs of our growing community.
Random Survey Letters Mailed to 3,000 Homes as the Community Facilities Consultation Continues
The City of Maple Ridge is in the very early stages of the ‘Community Facilities Conversation,’ to gather public feedback from citizens on projects that were identified in the 2010 Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan developed with significant community input and endorsed by the Council of the day.
New Cultural Plan Community Forum - Date has been changed to February 21, 2017
What is the state of culture in Maple Ridge and what is the vision for the future? Culture defines who we are as a people; keeping alive our past, reflecting our values, articulating our dreams and fostering pride in who we are.
Brand Review Recommendations Endorsed by Council
Maple Ridge Council has made employment growth one of their key priorities. Recognizing that Maple Ridge is in a very competitive landscape, Council directed staff to undertake a review of the perception of the Maple Ridge ‘brand’.
Council Urges Citizens to Participate in Community Facilities Conversation
The City of Maple Ridge is in the very early stages of a community consultation to gather citizen’s feedback on proposed Parks, Recreation & Culture facilities projects to meet the needs of our growing community. The facility concepts that are before the public have been taken from the 2010 Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan.
On January 19, 2017, Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read met with Mr. Geoff Roberts, Director of Parking for Fraser Health, to outline concerns that have been expressed by citizens about paid parking at the Maple Ridge Hospital.
New Governance Structure Established for Pitt Meadows Regional Airport
The City of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows are pleased to announce that work has been completed on an update of the constitution and bylaws for the Pitt Meadows Airport Society which oversees the operation and strategic planning for the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Cultural Grants Workshop and Civic Facility Dialogue on January 25 at 6:30 pm
Learn more about the City of Maple Ridge’s cultural grants programs and the proposed new cultural facility and other civic facilities.
Community Facilities Consultation Launches Community Survey
At the beginning of December 2016 the ‘Community Facilities Conversation’ was launched with the establishment of a webpage and the deployment of displays at the Maple Ridge Public Library, the west entrance of City Hall, Planet Ice and the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre.
2017 Property Assessments Released
Over the next week, BC property owners will be receiving their 2017 Property Assessment Notices. The 2017 assessment is based on the value of the property as at July 1, 2016.
City of Maple Ridge Mourns the Passing of Tom Cameron
On December 17, 2016 past Citizen of the Year recipient Tom Cameron passed away after a long battle with cancer. Tom was recently honoured by Maple Ridge Council for his contributions to the City of Maple Ridge.
City of Maple Ridge Prepared for Forecasted Snowfall
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver. Snow is expected to start in the early hours of Friday morning and possibly continue through to Monday morning.
Fraser Health Offers Naloxone Training in Maple Ridge
On Wednesday, December 7 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm Fraser Health, in partnership with the Strong Kids Team and Alouette Addictions, will be hosting a free overdose prevention, recognition and response training session at the Greg Moore Youth Centre in Maple Ridge.
New Transit & Transportation Plan Brings Enhanced Transit Service to Maple Ridge
On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 TransLink’s Board and the Mayor’s Council approved Phase One of the Transportation Plan for Metro Vancouver. For Maple Ridge this represents a 63 % increase in bus service hours.
City of Maple Ridge Launches Community Facilities Conversation
On November 1, 2016 the City of Maple Ridge launched our newly formed ‘Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture’ Department! The new name reflects our abundant natural spaces, the many opportunities for active and social engagement and how all of these amenities make Maple Ridge a vibrant and healthy community.
Maple Ridge Receives Two NAIOP Awards for Municipal Excellence for Second Year
On Thursday, November 24, 2016 the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) presented Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read with two NAIOP Awards for Municipal Excellence recognizing Maple Ridge as the ‘Most Improved’ and ‘Most Business Friendly Municipality’ in the region.
Maple Ridge Unveils New Land Development Application Viewer Search Tool
On Tuesday, November 15 Maple Ridge Council was given a demonstration of a new online tool, the Land Development Application Viewer, developed by the City’s Information Technology (IT) and Planning departments.
Community Consultation and Planning for Fire Hall No. 4 in Albion Neighbourhood Begins
On Monday, November 7, 2016 Maple Ridge Council received a report recommending that the preliminary work around the development of Fire Hall No. 4 and a co-located neighbourhood park move forward.
Fire Underwriters Survey Upgrade City of Maple Ridge
A recent grading review by the Fire Underwriters Survey has seen Maple Ridge receive upgrades in the ‘Public Fire Protection Classification’ (PFPC) and ‘Dwelling Protection Grades’ (DPG).
Advance Warning of Road Closures during Memorial Service for Lt. Dennis TeBoekhorst
On Wednesday, November 9 the City of Maple Ridge and the Maple Ridge Fire Department will honour the life of Lt. Dennis TeBoekhorst with a parade and honour guard.
Maple Ridge Christmas Card Design Contest
The City would like to celebrate the beauty of Maple Ridge and the joy of the holiday season with images from our young citizens. We are pleased to announce the first ever ‘Maple Ridge Christmas Card Design Contest’ which is open to Maple Ridge students from Grades 1 to 7.
Maple Ridge Strong Kids Team Push for Access to Naloxone
In response to the fentanyl crisis in BC the Strong Kids Team hosted a ‘Fentanyl Forum’ where an estimated 500 community members acquired information about the dangers of fentanyl, how to respond to an overdose and how to access Naloxone.
November 1 Marks New Era in Recreation Service Delivery
On October 31, 2016 the Joint Parks & Leisure Services Agreement with the City of Pitt Meadows will officially conclude and beginning November 1 Maple Ridge will be served by the ‘Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture’ Department.
Mayor Read Thanks MP Dan Ruimy for Ottawa Meetings
On Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Mayor Nicole Read led a small delegation to Ottawa to meet with Cabinet Ministers and key staff from a number of Government Ministries to present a request for financial support and leadership to advance a proposed Civic and Cultural Facility in downtown Maple Ridge.
Community Consultation Will Shape Future of Recreation Facilities in Maple Ridge
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Maple Ridge Council endorsed a comprehensive community consultation program whereby citizens will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on a suite of new facility concepts.
Maple Ridge Youth Strategy Acknowledges “It Takes a Village”
At this Monday’s Council Workshop meeting, Council unanimously endorsed the Maple Ridge Youth Strategy acknowledging that it does “Take a Village” to ensure the youth of Maple Ridge are provided with the best environment in which to grow and thrive in.
Maple Ridge Celebrates the Night on October 30 with Family Fun and Fireworks Finale
A bold new move is about to be launched with “Celebrate the Night” on October 30, 2016 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm, the traditional fireworks that were held at the Albion Fairgrounds move to the town centre.
City of Maple Ridge Wins Two Awards for Excellence of Business Practices
The presentation was introduced by Frank Quinn, General Manager: Public Works & Development Services who took the opportunity to announce that the City of Maple Ridge has been given two awards, Most Improved Processing Times and Most Business Friendly, from the Vancouver Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP).
City of Maple Ridge Seeks Public Input on Homelessness - Forward 2020: Better Solutions, Together
In recognition of community concerns, the City of Maple Ridge has launched a community-wide initiative to get people talking about homelessness. FORWARD 2020: Better Solutions, Together encourages citizens to come together, get better informed on the challenging issue of street-homelessness and find creative solutions.
Community Dialogue on Homelessness Starts October 20, 2016
The City of Maple Ridge has asked a subcommittee of the Social Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) to host a Community Dialogue on Homelessness. The group will host four forums starting on October 20, 2016 running each successive Thursday through to November 9, 2016. The sessions will be held at The ACT Arts Centre and run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with the doors opening at 6:30 pm. No pre-registration is required.
Be Prepared for Storm Season
Environment Canada has posted a special weather statement for a series of powerful storms bringing heavy rain and strong winds approaching the South Coast in the coming days.
Maple Ridge Council Requests that Province Show Leadership in Housing Crisis
On September 23, the City sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark urging the Province to clarify comments made by the Premier during an interview with local media. There were issues with her comments, published by the local newspaper ‘The Maple Ridge News,’ that were of concern.
Maple Ridge Celebrates Agriculture and Great Local Food at the Golden Harvest
It’s that time again! The Maple Ridge Agricultural Advisory Committee proudly presents “Golden Harvest – A Taste of Maple Ridge and Beyond” which takes place on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at The ACT Arts Centre.
Fentanyl Forum for Parents & Youth Runs October 5 in Maple Ridge
: In response to a province wide health crisis, a community ‘Fentanyl Forum’ will be hosted at Westview Secondary School (20905 Wicklund Ave) on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm. The forum will be held in the multipurpose room.
Council Makes Major Pitch for Maple Ridge Civic and Cultural Facility at UBCM
On Tuesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 29 Council will be meeting with members of the BC Cabinet to ask for financial support towards a major Civic and Cultural Facility.
Maple Ridge Expertise Showcased at UBCM
Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read and City staff are sharing their experiences and expertise in dealing with the province-wide issue of homelessness as part of the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Conference.
Hammond Area Plan Receives First Reading
On September 20, 2016 Council unanimously voted to give the Hammond Area Plan Bylaw No. 7279-2016 first reading and begin the formal process required to adopt the Area Plan and accompanying Development Permit guidelines.
City of Maple Ridge Launches ‘Forward 2020’ Program
In May, 2015 BC Housing made an offer to invest approximately $15 million to build and operate a permanent housing facility that will contribute to a long-term solution around homelessness, addiction and mental health in the community.
Council Endorses the Economic Development Committee’s Technology Task Force - Fibre Optic Strategy
On Monday, September 12 Maple Ridge Council received a presentation from the City’s Economic Development Committee’s Technology Task Force about the importance of having a robust fibre optic backbone to help create capacity for start-ups and the expansion of technological businesses in Maple Ridge.
#MRHeritage Inventory Project: Updating the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge
The City of Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission (CHC) needs your input to help update the heritage sites listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge (aka Heritage Inventory).
Proposed Facility at 21375 Lougheed Highway is not an Emergency Shelter
On Monday, August 8 the City of Maple Ridge announced that an agreement has been made to acquire the property located at 21375 Lougheed Highway as a potential site for a $15 million interim and long term integrated housing facility proposed by BC Housing.
City Enters into Agreement to Purchase 21375 Lougheed Highway
The City of Maple Ridge has entered into an agreement to purchase the property located at 21375 Lougheed Highway, just east of the intersection at Laity Street, as a potential site for both the interim housing facility and the purpose built permanent housing facility.
City of Maple Ridge Supports First ‘Business Walk” with Chamber of Commerce
On Wednesday, July 28 Mayor Nicole Read, Councilors Corisa Bell and Bob Masse along with Maple Ridge’s Member of Parliament Dan Ruimy joined Lindsay Bisschop from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and twenty members of the local Chamber of Commerce for the first ever ‘Maple Ridge Business Walk.’
Maple Ridge Celebrates New Rainbow Crosswalk
On Thursday, July 28 the City of Maple Ridge will celebrate the installation of the Rainbow Crosswalk on 224 Street and Haney Place with a community BBQ, hosted by PLEA Community Services Society of BC, at the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park from 12:00 to 3;00 pm.
Local Artists Launch DEFINING MOMENTS – Tell Us Yours!
This month, artists Roger Chen and Wan-Yi Lin will launch the first phase of a participatory public art project called DEFINING MOMENTS – Tell Us Yours!
Former RCMP Superintendent to Lead Downtown Maple Ridge Public Safety Program
On Monday, July 4, 2016 Maple Ridge Council adopted a number of recommendations to enhance public safety in the downtown based on the comments of business owners and residents at a mid-June stakeholder’s workshop.
Council Moves Forward With Initiatives to Address Homelessness
On Monday, July 4 Council will be reviewing a number of reports and recommendations related to homelessness. This includes initiatives designed to increase local public dialogue as well as regional conversations on this topic.
Maple Ridge Council Endorses BC Games Bid and Sport & Physical Activity Strategy
On June 28, Council gave the go ahead for City staff to prepare a bid package for Maple Ridge to host the BC Summer Games in either 2020 or 2022.
Maple Ridge Designated as Age-Friendly BC Community
In January, 2015 the City of Maple Ridge established an Age-friendly community committee to begin the work necessary to achieve recognition as an “Age-friendly community” as identified in a program developed by the Union of BC Municipalities in 2004. During the 2016 Seniors Week, the province of BC announced that Maple Ridge has earned Age-friendly BC recognition.
Council Moves Forward On Interim Housing Solutions
On Monday, June 20, Council dealt with the three step process that was presented to Council on May 30, 2016 by BC Housing to provide shelter and housing to people in our community who are homeless.
City of Maple Ridge Updates Park Bylaws to Restrict Camping in Parks & Public Lands
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Maple Ridge Council gave final reading to an amendment to the Parks Regulations – Bylaw No. 7085-2014. The amendment prohibits temporary structures from being placed in a number of City parks, in particular those with play equipment amenities that are geared to children and families.
Maple Ridge Flies Canadian Pride Flag to Mourn Victims of Orlando Shooting
On Monday, June 13, at the start of the Council Workshop meeting Mayor Nicole Read called for a moment of silence after reading the following statement; “Yesterday we awoke to the news of the shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Council Seeks Input From Downtown Businesses On Shelter
At the June 6, 2016 Council Workshop meeting a resolution was passed to invite the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association and the adjacent properties to a forum to discuss BC Housing’s proposal to extend the use of the temporary shelter.
Maple Ridge Wins National Municipal Award for Professional Development
The City of Maple Ridge, BC has received national recognition for its Business Administration Diploma Program from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).
Special Council Meeting Draws Overflow Crowd
On Friday, May 26 the City of Maple Ridge received a proposal from BC Housing to address the immediate needs for housing solutions while the community conversation happens around a long term solution. Council invited BC Housing, their partner agencies Fraser Health and Alouette Addictions and the Ridge Meadows RCMP to a Special Council meeting held on Monday, May 30 to present their proposal and answer questions from Council and the public.
BC Housing Presents Interim Housing Solution
Maple Ridge Council will hear a number of homelessness and housing updates as part of a Special Council Meeting today Monday, May 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the City website.
Special Council Meeting on Monday, May 30 for Update on Homelessness Issues
On Monday, May 30 Council will hold a Special Council meeting at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers to get updates from a number of different stakeholders on their work to address homelessness in Maple Ridge.
Pitt Meadows Regional Airport Board Changes Announced
As the City of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows recently began a review of the governance of the Pitt Meadows Airport as well as the development of a long term strategic plan for the facility, the current Board of Directors have announced their decision to step down to clear the way for a new Board, effective July 31, 2016.
Maple Ridge Acquires Whonnock Lake Property
The City of Maple Ridge has purchased a piece of waterfront property on Whonnock Lake for approximately $2 million as part of a long term strategic plan to acquire all of the properties on the shoreline.
Council to Review Parks Bylaw Based on BC Supreme Court Rulings
At the May 16, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting Council received a proposed amendment to the Parks Regulations – Bylaw No. 7085-2014. The amendment relates to temporary shelters in public parks to ensure that City bylaws respect the judgements issued by the BC Supreme Court.
Maple Ridge Fire Chief Announces Retirement
After 30 years of service, Fire Chief Dane Spence has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2016.
Maple Ridge Unveils Concept to Revitalize Civic Facilities
The City has prepared a concept plan to upgrade and ‘complete’ the Civic Centre surrounding Memorial Peace Park with a new Cultural facility and improvements to the Maple Ridge Leisure Center.
Maple Ridge Council Moves Forward on Open Government Initiatives
In a move to increase public accountability, transparency and citizen understanding of decision-making, Maple Ridge City Council is moving forward on implementing the goals of the Mayor's Open Government Task Force.
City of Maple Ridge and the Insurance Bureau of Canada Sponsor Shake Zone Tour for Earthquake Aware
Families are encouraged to stop by and experience the Shake Zone, a portable earthquake simulator that simulates an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, which will be on display as part of the outdoor show at the Ridge Meadows Home Show on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Maple Ridge Seeks Injunction for Illegal Cannabis Operation
The City of Maple Ridge has instructed its lawyers to commence injunction proceedings to shut down an illegal cannabis operation.
Maple Ridge Council Reduces 2016 Business Class Tax Increase
Yesterday, at the Committee of the Whole meeting, Council approved the 2016–2020 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw to include changes to the business class tax increase. With the adjustments that were made, the property tax increase for business and light industrial class properties has been reduced from 3.15% to 1.85%.
City of Maple Ridge Response to “Homes Not Hate” Rally
The City of Maple Ridge has taken considerable action to deliver services and housing to those in need in our community, as homelessness is a serious issue which cannot be ignored.
Council Endorses Parks & Recreation Infrastructure Community Engagement Program
On April 4, 2016 Council identified five major infrastructure concepts from an inventory of projects that are part of the 2010 Parks, Recreation & Cultural Plan.
Statement Regarding the Cancellation of the BC Housing Proposal to Purchase the Quality Inn
On Monday, March, 28 the City of Maple Ridge was informed BC Housing has rescinded its offer to purchase the Quality Inn to develop a supportive housing facility.
Maple Ridge Council Holds Special Meeting To Discuss Letter From Minister Rich Coleman
On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Maple Ridge Council held a Special Council Meeting, following up on an urgent matter that came before them at the Monday, March 14 Workshop Meeting.
City of Maple Ridge Responds to Supportive Housing Announcement
Festival Crew Volunteer Information Session on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm
The Festivals, Events and Volunteer section of the Community Services department is seeking volunteers and offering a volunteer orientation on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Blaney Room at City Hall for anyone interested in getting involved in community events and festivals.
Festivals and Special Events Review Workshop on March15, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Maple Ridge is home to a diverse range of special events year round, many of which have matured and new ones have been added, reflecting the growth of the city and demand for celebrations that generate civic pride and community engagement.
Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Councils Hold Joint Workshop
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Councils held a joint workshop on February 29 to discuss items of mutual interest.
Online Survey Launched to Gather Feedback on Potential New School and Community Centre in Albion
On February 10, 2016 the City of Maple Ridge and School District No. 42 launched a public consultation process to explore ideas for a potential new school housing a neighbourhood learning centre and a potential community centre for the fast growing Albion neighbourhood. Over 100 community members registered for the event.
City Seeks Additional Information on Ambulance Allocations
On Friday, February 5, the BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) released a report with supporting documents relating to ambulance services in BC.
Strong Kids Team Launches Youth Survey
On Monday, February 2, 2016 Phase Two of the Strong Kids Team work began with the launch of an online survey geared towards youth and young adults in our community.
Maple Ridge Becomes 111th Blue Dot Community
On January 26, 2016 Maple Ridge Council passed a motion in support of the Blue Dot movement which seeks to enshrine the right of citizens to live in a healthy environment.
Community Heritage Commission Hosts 2016 Heritage Week Events
Join the City of Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission as our community celebrates Heritage Week from February 15 – 21, 2016. The theme this year is “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places” and there are many activities scheduled throughout the week.
Chevron donates $10,000 to Kick Off the Strong Kids Team in Maple Ridge
On January 26, 2016 Adrien Byrne, Chevron’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs Representative, appeared before Council and presented a cheque to the City of Maple Ridge to help fund the Maple Ridge Resilience Initiative Strong Kids Team.
Joint Community Consultation for Potential New Albion School and Community Centre
School District No. 42 and the City of Maple Ridge will kick off a joint community consultation with a public workshop on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Albion Elementary School.
Maple Ridge Launches Consultation on Citywide Community Amenity Contribution Program
On December 7, 2015 Maple Ridge Council directed staff to obtain feedback from the general public and the development community regarding the proposed Citywide Community Amenity Contribution Program.
Maple Ridge Council Welcomes Halt of Waste to Energy Procurement Process
On May 27, 2014 Maple Ridge Council passed a motion that asked Metro Vancouver to delay the Waste to Energy (WTE) garbage incinerator to review the business case and provide a more thorough cost benefit analysis.
Maple Ridge Council Votes to Keep Pool Open and Begin Planning For New Facility
On Thursday, December 10, as part of a special meeting to review the Leisure Centre aquatic area upgrade project Council voted to move forward with a more detailed examination of a site, concept plan, public engagement and approval process for a new aquatic facility.
Council Asks for Alternatives to One Year Pool Closure
Maple Ridge Council will be holding a special Workshop meeting on Thursday, December 10 to examine alternatives to the proposed one year shutdown to replace the aging mechanical systems and renovate the oldest section of the Leisure Centre pool facility.
Maple Ridge Receives Two NAIOP Awards for Municipal Excellence
On, Thursday, November 26, 2015 the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) presented Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read with two NAIOP Awards for Municipal Excellence recognizing Maple Ridge as the ‘Most Improved’ and ‘Most Business Friendly Municipality’ in the region.
Hammond Stadium Park Public Art Call 2016: Deadline February 1
$110 Million Community Investment Funding Plan Unveiled
Maple Ridge Council began a review of the City’s 2016-2020 Business & Financial Plans with an overview presentation highlighting its core components.
Tweetable Sidewalk Poetry Gets Stamped into Selkirk Ave Concrete Sidewalk
: As part of Maple Ridge’s 140th Anniversary celebration sidewalk poetry initiative, the City through the Public Art Steering Committee will be completing the final phase of this project by having the poems stamped into Selkirk Ave between 225 and 226 Streets.
Maple Ridge Launches Strong Kids Team
The Maple Ridge Resilience Initiative Strong Kids Team was formed to ensure that children and youth in our community have the best environment to grow up and thrive in.
New Chief Administrative Officer
After an extensive national search process, the City of Maple Ridge is pleased to announce that Ted Swabey has been hired to be the City’s new Chief Administrative Officer. He will be joining the City on December 1, 2015.
Cliff Avenue Homeless Camp Has Ended
Late in the afternoon on October 20, 2015 the last unsheltered person on Cliff Avenue packed up their belongings and took advantage of the temporary shelter services operated by RainCity Housing that opened at the beginning of the month.
Maple Ridge Council Exits Joint Leisure Services Agreement with Pitt Meadows
Given this reality and the growth that Maple Ridge is experiencing, Council made the decision to
transition to an independent model. “This decision aligns with Council’s intention to invest in
Maple Ridge’s recreation infrastructure. We are working to create an amazing community where
sport infrastructure, parks and arts amenities are enhanced to position this community for the
future,” said Mayor Read.
Work Begins on Maple Ridge Social Service Provision Report
One of the key components of the Maple Ridge Resilience Initiative is the funding and execution of a report that would look at the provision of social services relating to mental health, substance use and housing support for those in need in the City of Maple Ridge.
Open Government Task Force Receives Citizen Working Group Recommendations
In February of 2015, the Mayors Open Government Task Force (MOGTF) created the Citizen Representatives Working Group to operate as an independent body to gather citizen feedback and prepare recommendations on how the City can increase accountability, transparency and citizen’s understanding of and contribution to decision-making.
Temporary Shelter Begins Operation
On October 1, 2015 the temporary shelter located at 22239 Lougheed Highway opened.
Community Public Art Grants Available for Projects – Deadline October 30, 2015
The City of Maple Ridge through the Public Art Steering Committee is providing small grant funding for community organizations and service groups to support projects that engage artists with residents in a creative collaboration that is publicly accessible and leaves a lasting experience or legacy for the general public.
City of Maple Ridge Hosts Federal Election Forum
On Sunday, September 27, 2015 the City of Maple Ridge, with the assistance of the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, will host the #Engage2015 Maple Ridge All Candidates Debate and Q&A from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre located at 12150 224 Street.
City Moves Fall Chipping Program Dates Forward
The wind storm on August 28, 2015 knocked down significant amounts of trees, branches and debris. Based on the need to dispose of this material in a responsible way, the City, in conjunction with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, has moved the Fall Chipping Program forward by one full month.
City Sells Downtown Land Parcel For $7 Million
In December of 2010 Maple Ridge Council bought 14 properties located between 119 and Selkirk Avenues west of 227 Street for $3.7 million. In the months that followed the purchase, the old structures on the property were demolished and the site was prepared for development.
Temporary Shelter Will Open in Early October
In October, 2015, a temporary shelter will open in the former ‘Sleep Shop’ building located just east of the intersection of 222 Street and Lougheed Highway. The low barrier shelter will have 40 beds and will operate until March, 2016.
Maple Ridge Council Moves to End “Dysfunction” in Service Provision Ecosystem
Maple Ridge Council, by resolution, has asked BC Housing to work towards ending its shelter contract with the Salvation Army’s “Caring Place”.
Albion Sport Complex Artificial Turf Program - Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant
Randy Kamp, MP for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission was in Maple Ridge today to announce that the City of Maple Ridge was successful in receiving the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant in the amount of $500,000.
Whonnock Lake Public Art Award to Collabor8 Artist Team
The City of Maple Ridge through the Maple Ridge Public Art Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Collabor8 Architecture + Design has been awarded the commission in the recent public art call for Whonnock Lake.
Westview Off-Leash Dog Park Opens for Six Month Trial Period
A new off-leash dog park has opened at Westview Park located at 20950 Wicklund Avenue. The operating hours for the park are from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.
Provincial Government Offers to Fund Temporary Shelter in Maple Ridge
The most important tweet confirms that the Province of BC will fund a temporary shelter in Maple Ridge.
Maple Ridge Walmart Development Process Underway
On Monday, July 20, 2015 Council will be presented with the Development Application for the new Maple Ridge Walmart location at Haney Place Mall.
Maple Ridge Welcomes Lino Siracusa as New Economic Development Manager
Lino Siracusa will be joining the City of Maple Ridge as the new Manager of Economic Development on September 8, 2015.
Construction Begins on 128 Avenue Four Lane Widening from 210 to 216 Street
This $8.2 million project is the first phase of a project that will see 128 Avenue and Abernethy Way expanded to a four lane configuration with storm water systems, streetlights and intersection turn lanes to allow better north south access from this busy roadway. In addition to the improved road network, this project also includes a separated asphalt multi-use path from 210 to 216 Street to enhance safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Citizens Vote ‘No’ in Transit Tax Plebiscite
Elections BC announced the result of the Transit Plebiscite on Thursday, July 2 and citizens in Metro Vancouver rejected the 0.5% tax with a vote of 62% No versus 38% Yes.
Maple Ridge Fire Department Enacts Fire Ban
With the extremely dry and warm weather we are experiencing, and the weather forecast into the next two weeks, the Forest Fire Weather index has now moved to an Extreme Forest Fire Danger Rating. Effective immediately the City of Maple Ridge Fire Department is invoking a fire ban in all areas of Maple Ridge.
Maple Ridge Puts the ‘Maple Leaf’ in the 2015 Canada Day Celebration
The Canadian Flag is 50 years old and Maple Ridge will celebrate this special milestone as part of the community celebration being held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the heart of Maple Ridge, Memorial Peace Park.
Rural Maple Ridge Homeowners May Now Qualify for Lower Fire Insurance Rates
Last year, Maple Ridge Deputy Fire Chief Howard Exner, organized and executed a special exercise, monitored by the Fire Underwriters Survey, to demonstrate their capacity to get water to rural areas of the community that are not serviced by fire hydrants. This exercise was timed and the water quantities were measured and certified formally.
Proposed BBQ at Cliff Avenue Homeless Camp Not Sanctioned by City
Some local advocates have been posting notices around the community relating to a proposed BBQ on Saturday, June 6. The organizers of the event are the Social Housing Alliance BC. The event has not been planned in consultation with the City of Maple Ridge or approved through the City’s event approval process.
Walmart Buys Former Target Canada Lease for Haney Place Mall Location
Earlier today Walmart Canada reached out to Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read confirming the media reports that they plan to purchase a number of leases for the vacated Target Canada locations across Canada including the Haney Place Mall location. The final sale of the leases is still subject to court approval.
City Mobilizes to Deal With Cliff Avenue Camp
Mayor Appeals to Ottawa for Greater Transparency in Medical Marihuana Production Approvals
On April 21, 2015 Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read sent a letter to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, expressing concern that Health Canada has no formal public process relating to the location of medical marihuana production facilities in our City.
Maple Ridge Kicks Off Emergency Preparedness Week with an Earthquake
Update on Former Target Location at Haney Place Mall
The City of Maple Ridge has been in close contact with Narland, the owners of Haney Place Mall, regarding the future use of the space vacated by Target Canada when the Maple Ridge store closed on March 30, 2015.
Maple Ridge Boosts Funding For Bear Aware Program for 2015
The City of Maple Ridge will be continuing the local Wild Safe BC Program, formerly called the ‘Bear Aware Program,’ for 2015.
Maple Ridge CAO, Jim Rule, Retires After 40 Years of Public Service
The Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Maple Ridge, Jim Rule, has announced that he will be retiring from the City in a couple of months with his last working day being Friday, May 29, 2015.
Sunrise Apartment Fire Update
On Saturday, March 21, 2015 at approximately 6:00 am the Maple Ridge Fire Department responded to a fire between 222 and 223 Streets and 122 Avenue at the Sunrise Apartments.
Maple Ridge Seeks Greater Transparency on Medical Marihuana Facility Development
Whonnock Lake Public Art Call 2015 & 2016: Deadline March 26
Mayor's Task Force on Open Government Appoints Citizen Committee Chair
Maple Ridge UBCM Resolution Becomes Part of 2015 Provincial Budget
Mayor Provides Status on Homelessness Solutions & Open Government Taks Forces
Maple Ridge Council Moves Forward With Tree Protection Bylaw
Mayor Receives Update on West Coast Express Delays
Maple Ridge Council Takes a New Direction in Economic Development
Maple Ridge Citizens Satisfaction Survey Presented to Council
Maple Ridge Reacts to Loss of Target Canada
Property Owners to Check Property Assessment Notices
Albion Land Exchange Not Proceeding
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Announce CP Holiday Train Charity Challenge
Environmental Artist Robi Smith Opens Studio to Public on Nov. 15 at Fern Crescent Artist Residency
Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Lifecycle Repairs Moving Forward
Tweetable Sidewalk Poetry – Vote for Top Two by October 10, 2014
Community Public Art Grants Available for Projects – Deadline October 15, 2014
The City of Maple Ridge: 140 Years in the Making
Maple Ridge 140 Birthday Bash Entertainment Line-up Announced
18 Proposed HAP Strategies – What Do You Think?
Citizen Volunteers Revive Communities In Bloom Participation
Albion Water Spray Park Combines Active Play with Cool Fun
MyHammond Area Planning Process Enters Phase Two with Online and Summer Photo Project
Mayors’ Council Backs Northeast Sector Transportation Recommendations
Community Update: State of the District
Mayor Invokes Community Charter to Bring Smoking Bylaw Back Before Council
Maple Ridge Attains Top 25 in Money Sense Magazine's Best Places to Live in Canada Ranking
Artist In Residence Open House and Application Deadline
232 Street Bridge Dedication Ceremony Scheduled
Town New Parks Dedicated in Maple Ridge Silver Valley Neighbourhood
Town Centre Development Lands Update
Property Assessment Values
My Grandma/Grandpa Lives Here
Maple Ridge Named No. 2 in Top BC Investment Towns
Maple Ridge Earns UBCM Award for Social Media Engagement
Fifth Annual Golden Harvest Celebrates Farmers, Food, Education and Awareness
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Downtown Enhancement Project
BusinessSTART Geared to Help Businesses Thrive
Business Class Municipal Taxes
Blaney Hamlet School Site Information
232 Street Bridge Replacement Project Starts
Urban Land Institute British Columbia Selects Maple Ridge for Inaugural Property Study
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Wednesday-June 27
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Tuesday-June 26
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Thursday-June 28
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Sunday-June 24
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Saturday-June 23
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Monday-June 25
Update Maple Ridge Freshet Activities for Friday-June 29
Update Maple Ridge Fraser River Projected to Peak Monday Morning
Ten New Electric Vehicle Charging Locations for Maple Ridge
Satisfaction with the Quality of Life in Maple Ridge Continues to be High
RCMP Integrated Teams Save Lives (and Money)
New Target Store Opening Planned for November 2013
Maple Ridge Town Centre Investment Incentive Program Generates Over 100 Million in Construction Act
Maple Ridge to Host International Naturally Autistic People Awards, Festival and Convention
Maple Ridge to Become Regional Hub for RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services
Maple Ridge Launches Bear Aware Program
Maple Ridge Hosts Australian Delegation
Maple Ridge Council Reviews 2011 Consolidated Financial Statements
Maple Ridge Council Moves Forward on Residents Only Parking Policy
Maple Ridge Council Looks to Implement Organic Waste Ban
Maple Ridge Council Gives Three Readings to the 2013-2017 Financial Plan
Maple Ridge Council First to Approve New RCMP Policing Agreement
Maple Ridge Council Develops Policy on Resident-Exempt and Resident-Only Parking Zones
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Honour Their Amazing Volunteers
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Celebrate Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay
Major Road Construction Project Will Impact Maple Ridge Secondary School at Start of School Year
District to Participate in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut October 18
District Offers Free Seminars on Emergency Preparedness
District of Maple Ridge Prepares for Fraser River Peak Levels
District of Maple Ridge and Westminster Savings Unveil Public Art Project
District Meets with BC Education Minister to Support School Site Acquisitions
Council Directs Staff to Ensure Landlords Hold Business Licence
Council Approves Key Construction and Pavement Rehabilitation Work
CLBC Announces Two-Year Contract Extension for Ridge Meadows Recycling supported Work Program
Bear Aware Announces New Community Coordinator for Maple Ridge