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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.