The Planning Department is responsible for policies and development applications regarding land use. This responsibility translates into rezonings, development permits, watercourse protection permits, and projects such as: area plans, cannabis regulations, environmental strategies, heritage designations, and agricultural uses on land. There are many ways to get involved and stay informed. For all processes and applications, the Planning Department values your feedback and input!
Ongoing Planning Projects
The current processes below are open for you to contribute your ideas and feedback on projects important to you! We invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts.
- Albion Flats Area Plan
- Green Infrastructure
- Heritage Plan Review & Update
- Land Use Contract Termination
- Lougheed Transit Area Plan
- Port Haney Land Use Policy Review
- Thornhill Area Study
- North/East Albion Area Plan
- Yennadon Area Plan
- Metro 2050 Update
Albion Flat Area Plan Process
The Albion Flats have been the subject of various concept planning efforts over the years. On October 5, 2015, Council endorsed a renewed planning process to complete a revised land use concept plan and Albion Flats Area Plan Bylaw. It was proposed to revisit the 2010 charrette outcomes and community stakeholder input as the basis for identifying preferred land uses and moving forward to complete an Area Plan Bylaw. The Albion Flats Area Planning process was proposed to have four phases. A description of each phase is outlined below.
Green Infrastructure Management Strategy
On November 12, 2019, Council endorsed a process for the creation of a Green Infrastructure Management Strategy. Phase One of the project has been completed, which included a municipal comparative scan and a spatial analysis review. On November 17, 2020, staff presented the findings from Phase One at Workshop. To watch staff's presentation, click HERE.
Heritage Plan Review and Update
The Heritage Plan Review and Update will build on the current Heritage Plan’s framework and should result in a Heritage Plan that sets the Community Heritage Commission’s work plan for the next ten years (2022-2032).
The City's Heritage Plan proactively encourages the conservation and long-term viability of Maple Ridge’s heritage resources, for the benefit of the entire community. The goal is be to provide an effective, sustainable, and realistic strategic plan of action.
To read more about the project, visit:
There are 3 ways you can get involved and share your feedback:
- Thank you for attending the Heritage Plan Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 6 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.
- *Survey Is Closed*. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! The survey was open from October 6 to November 21 (at midnight).
- Provide feedback by phone or email. Contact Krista Gowan, Community Planner at the City of Maple Ridge, either by phone or by email at: email@example.com or 604-467-7402.
Land Use Contract Termination
In May 2014, the Province made changes to the Local Government Act (a provincial law that governs local governments) that directs municipalities to enact zoning regulations for all properties regulated by Land Use Contracts prior to June 30, 2022.
Because of the changes to the Local Government Act, the City of Maple Ridge is undertaking the rezoning of properties and termination of the Land Use Contracts accordingly. For more information on the Land Use Contract termination process, click HERE.
Get In Touch!
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 here
Lougheed Transit Corridor Area Plan
Maple Ridge's Mayor and Council are in the final phase of the Lougheed Transit Corridor Study. We're #movingMRforward with a new land use plan for the Lougheed Corridor. Visit the project website for a summary of the study, including relevant staff reports and other resources.
Port Haney Land Use Policy Review
The Port Haney Land Use Policy Review process will examine current permitted uses and explore an increase in maximum building height, while maintaining and enhancing desirable features for the area. A review of Port Haney land use policies and regulations has been approved by Council on February 8, 2022.
As Land Use in the Port Haney neighbourhood is primarily regulated through the Town Centre Area Plan, the Town Centre Development Permit Area Guidelines, and the Zoning Bylaw, possible review outcomes may involve recommendations to amend one or more of these documents. The Port Haney research and review will identify opportunities and constraints within the neighbourhood.
Potential policy changes could include:
- Permitting apartment buildings up to 6 storeys in height;
- Requiring commercial uses to be included in all new development in the Port Haney area;
- Removing zones that do not have a commercial use component from the TCAP’s zoning matrix;
- Enhancing the form and character guidelines to better reflect the history and historic character of the Port Haney Area.
Want to get involved?
Your feedback and input is valuable. Your feedback will helps us understand what it is about the Port Haney area that is important to you and your feedback will form part of the report to Council. There are two ways to get involved! To learn how to provide feedback, to ask questions, or to learn more about the process, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/2626
Thornhill Area Study
The Thornhill area is recognized as a new community that requires an area plan prior to urban development occurring in the area. This area plan is a long-term priority for the City and will be initiated in accordance with the Thornhill Urban Reserve policies of the Official Community Plan.
On March 30, 2021, a report provides background information on the current context in relation to the criteria set out in the Official Community Plan (OCP) Urban Reserve policies and provides an update on current growth projections. Additionally, this report introduces the potential for allowing an employment use in Thornhill in the near to medium term. At this meeting, Council directed staff to prepare a scoping report outlining necessary Planning studies, costs and timeline. To read the report. click HERE.
North/East Albion Area 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 move through the OCP Amendment process, the endorsed North East Albion Neighbourhood Concept Plan will be used to guide the preparation and evaluation of specific development proposals in the North East Albion area. For more information on the process, click HERE.
Yennadon Area Concept Plan
The three Yennadon Lands official community plan bylaws were presented at the May 17, 2022 Public Hearing meeting. The Public Hearing agenda is available here and the three official community plan bylaws are the first item on the agenda. The meetings are recorded and available for viewing at http://media.mapleridge.ca/Mediasite/Showcase.
The three official community plan bylaws were considered for Third Reading at the May 24, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. At that meeting, Council granted Third Reading to the three bylaws. Once available, the Council Meeting Minutes will be available here. The meetings are recorded and available for viewing at http://media.mapleridge.ca/Mediasite/Showcase.
The draft Metro 2050 is now available!
The updated Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy is now closed for public comment and will be scheduled for approval in 2022. Visit the Metro 2050 website for more information.
Public Hearing & Development Applications
Public Hearings happen once a month and are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. You can share your opinions and concerns regarding a development application or project at a Public Hearing meeting or though email or letter to Council.
For more information on the ways you can share your perspective and concerns, click HERE. To take part in the Public Hearing process, it is helpful to know the application File Number and any associated Bylaw Numbers, which can be found in the Public Hearing agenda package and the