Ongoing Planning Projects
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!
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.
Learn About Ongoing Projects
Below are some ongoing projects being undertaken by the Planning Department. Although, the processes below are closed for feedback, we invite you learn about the projects and check back frequently for updates.
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.
To read more about the process, click HERE.
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:https://www.mapleridge.ca/2582/Heritage-Plan-Review-and-Update
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.
To learn more about the process, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/2626
North/East Albion Area Concept Plan
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). 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 OCP Amending Bylaws will be sent to the September 20, 2022 Public Hearing. To learn how to participate in Public Hearing, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/640/Council-Meetings
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.
To learn more about the concept plan, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/2424/Yennadon-Lands
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