Hammond Heritage Character Area

What is the Hammond Heritage Character Area process?

It is a community engagement process to explore potential legislative and regulatory tools for conserving the heritage character in Hammond.

What is the Hammond Heritage Character Area?

To review the entire Heritage Inventory of Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge, click here.


*The properties identified as “contributing to the Neighbourhood Character” are from the study entitled “Hammond Historic Character Area”. Further review is required prior to implementation of any regulations.

Why is the City doing this?

Throughout the Hammond Area Plan process, the predominant message heard from the community was the desire to retain the neighbourhood’s heritage character. As a result of the community feedback received during the Hammond Area Plan consultation, Policy 3-4 was created with a commitment to come back to the community to explore potential legislation and regulatory tools for conservation of the Heritage Character Area.

What are the options to conserve the Hammond Heritage Character Area?

There are a number of ways the heritage character in Hammond can be retained over time. Examples of conservation options are:
  • Heritage Conservation Area Bylaw
  • Heritage Zone adopted into the Zoning Bylaw
  • Incentives to protect heritage character (tax exemptions, grants for conservation work)
We want to hear what the property owners and community have to say about protecting Hammond’s heritage character and whether there is a desire for adopting one of the above options, combining two of them, or implementing all three.
If you want to learn more about each of these options, see the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page.

Why is only this part of Hammond being included?

This part of Hammond, known as “Upper Hammond”, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Maple Ridge. It was established as a township in 1883 and grew into a prosperous community that included a train station, a mill, and a commercial centre. Much of the character from Hammond’s early days still remains, including existing buildings, architectural style, road patterns, trees and vegetation.
To learn more about the Port Hammond area, feel free to visit the Maple Ridge Museum’s website by clicking here.

What is the process?

Currently, staff are at the beginning on the process and are meeting with property owners within the Hammond Heritage Character Area. A property owners’ workshop will provide background information, present the different heritage conservation regulatory tool options and seek feedback. Property owners will be asked to share their thoughts on the heritage value of the area in an effort to identify features in the area with special meaning and value, such as architectural style, building materials, road patterns, street names, trees, mature landscaping, etc.


Are you a property owner in the Hammond Heritage Character Area? We want to hear from you!

The Hammond Heritage Character Area process provides residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on the heritage value of the area and options to conserve the identified heritage value. To participate in the property owner’s survey or to provide general comments, please contact Krista Gowan, at kgowan@mapleridge.ca or 604-647-7402.

The survey will be open from March 10, 2021 to April 1, 2021.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

Work To-Date

On January 24, 2017, Council adopted the Hammond Area Plan as part of the City’s Official Community Plan. During the process, a technical study entitled “Hammond Historic Character Area” was undertaken to identify one or more neighbourhood areas containing the greatest concentration of heritage character. Hammond Historic Character Area Study report is available here.

On November 7, 2017, Council endorsed the Hammond Heritage Character Area-Community Consultation Process, which included Property Owner workshops and a Public Open House. November 7, 2017 staff report is available here.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions, staff are available by phone and email to answer your questions, as well to meet in-person at City Hall by appointment only.

Staff contact: Krista Gowan
Email: kgowan@mapleridge.ca
Phone: 604-467-7402