North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process

The City of Maple Ridge has a planning process underway that is looking at how we want to live, work, play, and ultimately grow, into the North East Albion Area. This process is exploring land use and servicing options for the area, noting that the Albion Area Plan had always envisioned that further study of the area was needed at the time when redevelopment begins to occur in this area.

On Tuesday, October 1 2019, staff presented an update on the North East Albion Area Planning Process, including a summary of the community input and a draft Concept Plan, for Council to consider at the Council Workshop meeting. The full staff report is available here (Item 4.3) and the meeting was recorded and available here.

North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan

On Tuesday, October 1 2019, Council endorsed the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan.

The North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan emphasizes the development of a ‘complete community’ by integrating environmental stewardship, the protection of natural resources and the preservation of ecosystems while balancing the social and economic objectives of the community. The Concept Plan envisions residential pockets nestled between existing watercourses linked by a network of pathways and trails. The Concept Plan focuses multi-family development around commercial and amenity nodes; offering residents gathering spaces and commercial opportunities. Residential areas sensitively scale down into surrounding single family neighbourhoods. A multi-modal network links neighbourhood amenities, such as parks, an elementary school and shopping nodes within the community and to the larger Albion Area and Kanaka Creek Regional Park. The Concept Plan is reflective of consultation with area residents and other stakeholders throughout the process, and represents an attempt at balance; balance of the many research insights and community interests revealed along with the policy expectations for Albion as one of the City’s growth neighbourhoods.

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Staff will now begin the process to amend the Albion Area Plan in the City’s Official Community Plan. During this 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.

Public Engagement Opportunities

On Monday June 24, 2019 the North East Albion Open House was held at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary from 5:30 – 8:30pm to present a Draft North East Albion Neighbourhood Concept Plan. A copy of the of the materials from the Open House can be found here: June 24, 2019 Open House Presentation Boards and Draft Neighbourhood Concept Plan.  A community survey was available from June 24 till July 12, 2019. Your continued input through this Open House and Community Survey will help inform City Council's consideration of the draft North East Albion Neighbourhood Concept Plan.

The North East Albion Emerging Ideas Open House was held at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School from 5:30 - 8:30pm on May 16, 2019. A copy of the Information Boards is available here: May 16, 2019 Open House Presentation Boards (PDF) A community survey was available from May 16 till June 3, 2019. With your feedback, the information gathered through the open house and community survey will inform the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process.

City staff have been popping up in your favourite Albion spots to talk about this important process. City staff were available to answer questions on the process:

Wednesday March 13, 2019 at Kanaka Creek Coffee (#101-24155 102 Ave) 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday March 16, 2019 at Save-On-Foods (23981 Dewdney Trunk Road) 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Monday March 25, 2019 at Samuel Robertson Technical (10445 245 Street) 9:00am – 12:30pm

Wednesday March 27, 2019 at Kanaka Creek Coffee (#101-24155 102 Ave) 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday March 31, 2019 at Bell Irving Hatchery (11450 256 Street) 1:00 – 4:00 pm

If you were unable to attend any of the above events, please feel free to provide any comments via email or phone at 604-467-7343.

Background

In May 2018, Council received a development application (2018-217-RZ) from Epic Homes to rezone four properties located in the northeast section of the Albion Area Plan (North East Albion Area). The North East Albion Area has been identified in policy as an area requiring future land use and servicing assessments. To address these issues, Council endorsed a planning process in January 2019, to be undertaken collaboratively with the applicant, to prepare a Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan for North East Albion.

Want To Stay In Touch?

Updates on the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process will be provided online as well as via email. If you wish to be included on the North East Albion Update E-Newsletter, please send us an email.

Looking For More Information?

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department by email or phone at 604-467-7343 with questions or comments on the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Planning Process. 

Check back regularly for more information about the North East Albion process.

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