Zoning Bylaw Update

A new Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019, which applies to all lands within the City of Maple Ridge, is intended to replace the City’s existing Zoning Bylaw No. 3510-1985.

The new Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 has received First and Second Readings at Council and will be going to forward to the Public Hearing on September 15, 2020.  A copy of the new Zoning Bylaw can be found here: Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019.  An 11 x 17” copy of Schedule A - Zoning Map can be found here: Zoning Map.

The existing Zoning Bylaw was originally adopted in 1985 (Zoning Bylaw No. 3510-1985) and has been amended over the years to respond to changes and new community initiatives. A Zoning Bylaw specifies land uses, density, siting and size of buildings, and lot area and dimensions of properties for subdivision.  Zoning regulations are intended to ensure the orderly development of the community and avoid conflicts between incompatible uses.

The new Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 has been prepared to better align with the City’s current policies and regulations, to meet current Provincial legislative requirements, to respond to emerging market trends and address the City’s sustainability goals and vision. Additionally, the layout, functionality and clarity of the new bylaw is intended to be more user-friendly and effective.  

Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 contains the following main categories of regulations:

  • Regulations dividing the City into zones, including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural and comprehensive development zones;
  • Includes general regulations pertaining to prohibited uses; specific land uses; size, shape and siting of buildings and structures; landscaping and permeable surfaces; waste and renewable energy; and lot area and dimension requirements for subdivision. 
  • Within each zone, regulations for the permitted use and density of use of land, buildings and other structures;
  • Regulations for setbacks, and for the height of buildings and structures;
  • Regulations for the area, shape and dimensions of new lots;
  • Regulations for waste management and energy systems;
  • Regulations for landscaping and fencing;
  • General regulations, including for administration and enforcement of the bylaw;
  • Transitional provisions to accommodate zone amending bylaws under Zoning Bylaw No. 3510, 1985 that are in-stream.

On April 9, 2019, staff presented a report on the Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 at Council Workshop. A copy of the Staff Report can be found here: Workshop Staff Report.

On April 23, 2019 the Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 received First Reading at Council.  

On June 20, 2019 an Open House was held for the Draft Zoning Bylaw at Eric Langton Elementary School. A copy of the Information Boards presented that evening are available here: June 20, 2019 Open House Information Boards. A copy of the Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 can be found here: Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 (June 2019). Note: Some revisions have been made to the Draft Zoning Bylaw since it was presented at the Open House. 

On July 28, 2020 the new Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 received Second Reading at Council. A copy of the Staff Report can be found here: Second Reading Staff Report. A copy of the new Zoning Bylaw can be found here: Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019. An 11 x 17” copy of Schedule A - Zoning Map can be found here: Zoning Map.

On September 15, 2020 the new Zoning Bylaw will be considered at the Public Hearing held at City Hall starting at 7 pm.  The details of the Public Hearing agenda and documents is available here: Public Hearing Agenda.