Cliff Ave, Selkirk Ave, and 119 Ave Land Use Review
The City is reviewing land use designations for a group of properties on Cliff Avenue, Selkirk Avenue, and 119 Avenue in the Town Centre between 221 Street and 222 Street. These properties are currently designated Single-Family Residential and are located in a key transitional area between the Town Centre Area Plan (TCAP) and the draft Lougheed Transit Corridor Area Plan (LTCAP). This work is being done to support the long-term vision for these Area Plans.
As the next step in this Land Use Review, the City is hosting a public consultation process to gather feedback about the potential land use changes for the properties on these three streets. You are invited to the:
Cliff Ave, Selkirk Ave, and 119 Ave Land Use Review Open House
Date: Monday, October 30th, 2023
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Fraser Room, 2nd Floor, Maple Ridge Public Library (22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd)
A community survey will be available to complete in-person at the Open House and online following the event. All feedback is appreciated before the survey closes on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. Your feedback will be included in an outcomes and recommendation report to Council discussing potential land use changes.
Why is the City Doing this Work?
The TCAP was adopted in 2008 with a long-term vision to provide more housing, mixed-uses, and green space in the Town Centre while creating a pedestrian-oriented environment. With this Plan in place, the Town Centre of Maple Ridge has been experiencing a significant amount of redevelopment and change over the past five to ten years. City Council has recognized this growth and wants to see that the evolution of the Town Centre continues to be positive and leads to greater vibrancy within this core part of the community.
Directly to the west of the TCAP boundary is the LTCAP, which reflects the community’s values for long-term development within the Lougheed Transit Corridor boundaries. When the draft LTCAP was brought to Council on December 14th, 2021, staff were directed to review the land use designation of properties in the Town Centre next to the Lougheed Transit Corridor to ensure appropriate transitional land uses between these areas. This work initially focused on properties along Cliff Avenue between 221 Street and the Haney Bypass. On March 8th, 2022, Council directed staff to also review the land use designations for properties to the north along Selkirk Avenue and 119 Avenue.
Official Community Plan Amending Bylaw No. 7828-2022
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on March 1st, 2022, Council considered Official Community Plan Amending Bylaw No. 7828-2022 to redesignate 11758 221 Street and 22119, 22127, 22137, 22147, 22155, 22165 Cliff Avenue from Single-Family Residential to Low-Rise Apartment and 22173 Cliff Avenue from Single-Family Residential to Town Centre Commercial.
At this Committee of the Whole meeting, Council asked points of clarification and decided to move the bylaw for consideration of first reading at the next Regular Council Meeting on March 8th, 2022. At this Regular Council meeting, the bylaw was given first reading. A bylaw must have four readings of Council, including a public hearing, before it is adopted.
Below are two maps (click on the maps to enlarge the image). The first map shows the current land use for the properties on Cliff Avenue, which is Single-Family Residential. The second map shows the proposed land use, which is Low-Rise Apartment and Town Centre Commercial.
- What is land use planning?
Land use planning is a process that helps guide the growth of communities by creating policies for what types of land uses (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial, park) and what types of built form (e.g., single-detached houses, townhouses, apartments) are appropriate in certain areas based on factors such as roads, infrastructure, the environment, and neighbourhood character. The City of Maple Ridge has a team of planners that create maps for land uses and review applications for new development across the City.
- What is an Official Community Plan?
An Official Community Plan is a key document that guides the growth and development of a municipality and is based on principles that have been identified by the community. It contains details about land use planning, housing, community services, natural features, transportation, infrastructure, and more.
- What is an Area Plan?
An Area Plan is specific to a unique area in the city and provides a greater level of detail about land use, density, form and character. Each Area Plan is unique based on the issues, characteristics and objectives for the area. Examples of Area Plans are the Town Centre Area Plan and draft Lougheed Transit Corridor Area Plan, which are described in more detail below.
- What is the Town Centre Area Plan?
The Town Centre Area Plan guides the growth and development of the downtown area, which includes the historic Port Haney and the lively commercial area surrounding Haney Place Mall. The Town Centre Area Plan sets the long-term vision for the Town Centre and aims to create more housing, mixed-uses, and green space while creating a pedestrian-oriented environment.
- What is the Lougheed Transit Corridor Area Plan?
The Lougheed Transit Corridor Area Plan is a draft plan under development for the area along Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road to the west of the Town Centre. This plan aims to develop complete communities with a higher density of housing and services along the Lougheed Corridor while providing efficient transit service that connects people to other areas of the city and beyond.
- What is a land use designation?
Every property in Maple Ridge has a land use designation that provides high-level guidance on how the land could be used in the future and what type of built form would be appropriate. Land use designations are established within the City’s Official Community Plan and Area Plans and help shape what zones are allowed for a given property.