On July 26, 2023, the City of Maple Ridge updated our development application process. The changes followed several months of review that included research of best practices with feedback sought from industry groups, the Katzie First Nation and the Kwantlen First Nation. This step is to streamline the development application review process and expedite housing construction in Maple Ridge. For more information, please see the June 13, 2023 Council report here and the Final Reading Report, dated July 25, 2023 here.
Key changes in the new Development Procedures Amending Bylaw include:
Requiring a complete application prior to first reading for rezoning applications, including the associated Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment, subdivision, land use permits, and detailed information and technical reports,
Requiring a pre-application meeting for most development applications, including OCP amendment, rezoning, development variance permits, development permits, subdivisions, and temporary use permits (with some exceptions),
Reducing the time between third reading and final adoption from 18 to 12 months, with two potential six-month extensions, and
Allowing for the closure of development applications that have been inactive for six months.
Implementing the New Process
The new process will take effect immediately for all new rezoning applications (with or without OCP amendment), and the City will work closely with existing applicants to process their applications as efficiently as possible. Accommodations for existing applicants include:
Giving existing rezoning applicants a year from the date of their first reading to submit their complete applications, and
Giving existing applicants that have received third reading the ability to apply for a six-month extension after 18 months has passed from the third reading date.
Development Cost Charges (DCCs) Update
The City of Maple Ridge is proposing a revised series of Development Cost Charges (DCCs). These DCCs will help pay for transportation, water, sewer, drainage, park acquisition and some park development projects which are necessary to service the community due to growth. Learn more about the update of Development Cost Charges.
Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) Program Update
Council recently endorsed an updated Community Amenity Contribution Program for the City of Maple Ridge. Please see the updated Council Policy 6.31 for the new Target Rates that came into effect August 1, 2022.
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