North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process

north east albionThe City of Maple Ridge has concluded the planning process for the North East Albion Area Plan. The North East Albion Plan was integrated into the Albion Area Plan on September 27, 2022. The Albion Plan can be viewed here: https://www.mapleridge.ca/DocumentCenter/View/746/102-Albion-Area-Plan?bidId=

Background

The North East Albion Area planning process explored land use and servicing options for the area, noting that the Albion Area Plan had always envisioned that further study of the area was needed at the time when redevelopment begins to occur in this area.

In May 2018, Council received a development application (2018-217-RZ) from Epic Homes to rezone four properties located in the northeast section of the Albion Area Plan (North East Albion Area). The North East Albion Area has been identified in policy as an area requiring future land use and servicing assessments. To address these issues, Council endorsed a planning process in January 2019, to be undertaken collaboratively with the applicant, to prepare a Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan for North East Albion.2019-10-04 - Website Material (Map) Opens in new window

North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan

On Tuesday, October 1 2019, Council endorsed the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan. The full staff report is available here (Item 4.3) and the meeting was recorded and available here. As staff moved through the OCP Amendment process, the endorsed North East Albion Neighbourhood Concept Plan was used to guide the preparation and evaluation of specific development proposals in the North East Albion area. Click image of the concept plan to enlarge.

Past Public Engagement Opportunities

The North East Albion Emerging Ideas Open House was held at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School from 5:30 - 8:30pm on May 16, 2019. A copy of the Information Boards is available here: Open House Presentation Boards 

A community survey was available from May 16 till June 3, 2019. With your feedback, the information gathered through the open house and community survey will inform the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process. 


On Monday June 24, 2019 the North East Albion Open House was held at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary from 5:30 – 8:30pm to present a Draft North East Albion Neighbourhood Concept Plan. A copy of the of the materials from the Open House can be found here: Presentation Boards and Draft Neighbourhood Concept Plan.  A community survey was available from June 24 till July 12, 2019. Your continued input through this Open House and Community Survey will help inform City Council's consideration of the draft North East Albion Neighbourhood Concept Plan.

First Reading

Staff presented an OCP Amending Bylaw (No. 7698-2021) to integrate the North East Albion Concept Plan (endorsed on October 1, 2019) into the Albion Area Plan to Council at the January 19th, 2021 Committee of the Whole Council Meeting. The OCP Amending Bylaw was forwarded to the January 26th, 2021 Regular Council Meeting, where Council granted First Reading to the bylaw.

The full staff report and OCP Amending Bylaw No. 7698-2021 is available here (Item 1102), with the Council Meeting Minutes available here. The meetings are recorded and available for viewing at http://media.mapleridge.ca/Mediasite/Showcase.

When OCP Amending Bylaw No. 7698-2021 received First Reading, it went through a referral process that is internal to the City (by referring to various other departments) and also external to government bodies that are outside of the City’s jurisdiction, but impacted by the proposed land use changes. As the referral process is neared completion, it was time to present what was learned through this referral process to the community. 

Virtual Public Process
From June 17 through to July 1st, an information package and comment form are available. Thank you for providing your feedback!  Please click HERE to view the information package. 

The information package summarizes what was learned through the referral process and outlines where policy changes may be required, given what was heard. The information gathered through the virtual public engagement process was presented in the Second Reading Report to Council. 

Second Reading

Staff presented the Second Reading Report and Official Community Plan Amending Bylaws at the July 19, 2022 Committee of the Whole Council Meeting (11am, Virtual Online Meeting including Council Chambers). Committee of the Whole is the initial venue for review of issues. A decision was made to send the item to Council for debate and vote or to send an item back to staff for more information. Council moved the item forward for debate, and granted it for Second Reading at the July 26, 2022 Regular Council Meeting (7pm). The full staff report and OCP Amending Bylaws are available here (Item 1104).  The Council Meeting Minutes are available here. The meeting can also be viewed HERE

Public Hearing

The OCP Amending Bylaws will be sent to the September 20, 2022 Public Hearing. The meeting can be viewed HERE.

Third Reading & Final Adoption 

The OCP Amending Bylaws received third and final reading on September 27, 2022. The OCP Amending Bylaws are available HERE and the meeting can be viewed HERE.

Looking For More Information?

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department by email or phone at 604-467-7343 with questions or comments on the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process. 

Check back regularly for more information about the North East Albion process!