What are the Yennadon Lands?
The Yennadon Lands are comprised of 13 properties. They range in size from 0.5 ha (1.5 acres) to 4 ha (10 acres). The total land area is 25.4 hectares (63 acres).
The City is now beginning a planning process that will look at how the Yennadon Lands could be redesignated.
Why are we doing this?
One of the short term outcomes of the Commercial & Industrial Strategy was that the City will need upwards of 69-93 hectares (170 – 230 acres) of additional employment lands by 2040. The redesignation of the Yennadon Lands could facilitate the creation of a unique opportunity where the area could eventually serve the needs of the technology sector, light manufacturing companies, and professional offices; all of which offer a high employment density. In order to facilitate employment uses on the Yennadon Lands, an amendment to the Official Community Plan (OCP) would be required.
On April 16, 2019 staff provided Council with a general update on an Employment Lands Process underway in the City of Maple Ridge, which included a focus on the suitability of the Yennadon Lands for future employment purposes. At that meeting, the Yennadon Lands were referred back to staff to meet with the landowners to assess their interest for the lands.
A Landowners Workshop was held at Yennadon Elementary on June 6, 2019 from 6 – 8pm. Twelve letters were sent out to the landowners, representing all 13 properties, inviting them to attend. At the Workshop, 18 people attended representing 11 of the properties.
On June 18, 2019, staff provided a verbal update to Council on the outcomes of the June 6, 2019 Workshop with Yennadon Landowners, namely that there were strong levels of support for an employment future.
At the June 18, 2019 Council meeting, Council directed staff to undertake an employment land use redesignation process and consultation strategy for the Yennadon Lands. As of the June 18, 2019 Council meeting, Council directed that any new applications, or those already in-stream that have not reached third reading, be deferred until any potential OCP amendments are presented at Public Hearing and given third reading, with the exception of applications that propose future employment land uses.
Staff brought an Information Report to Council on March 31st, 2020 as under Council’s earlier direction, a public process was anticipated to begin in the spring of 2020. The recording of the Council Meeting is available here.
Under direction from Public Health Officials, City staff were unable to begin the public process at that time. Recognizing the timeliness of the Yennadon Lands Redesignation Process to the community, Council directed staff to bring forward preliminary concepts for Council consideration prior to proceeding with the public consultation process.
On July 14, 2020, staff in collaboration with a consultant presented three preliminary land use concepts for Council to review at the regularly scheduled Council Workshop meeting. The concepts are available in the staff report (Item 4.1) and the Council meeting is available to livestream here.
At that meeting, Council expressed interest in Concept #2 of the Staff Report and directed staff to bring that concept to the public as part of the public consultation process anticipated for Fall 2020. It was also noted that the public consultation summary report should be accompanied by the Official Community Plan Amending Bylaw when it is brought back before Council.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the City hosted a virtual Yennadon Lands Public Open House from 6:30 – 8:00pm online via Zoom. At the Open House three preliminary land use concepts were presented.
The Yennadon Lands Open House Survey is available online here. The survey will be available until midnight on October 29, 2020. Your continued input through this Open House and Community Survey will help inform City Council’s consideration of the preliminary concept plans.
Want to stay in touch?
Updates on the Yennadon Lands will be provided online as well as via e-mail. Should you wish to be included on the Employment Land Redesignation E-Mail List, please let staff know by sending an email to the Planning Department.
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 Yennadon Lands process. Check back regularly for more information about the Yennadon Lands process.
- Commercial & Industrial Strategy (2014)
- Commercial & Industrial Implementation Matrix (2015)
- Employment Land Use Suitability Assessment: Yennadon Lands (Staff Report – April 16, 2019)PDF
- Emplyoment Lands: Yennadon Landowners Workshop Report Back (June 18, 2019)PDF
- Employment Lands: Update on Yennadon Lands process (Staff Report – March 31, 2020)PDF
- Employment Land Preliminary Concepts for the Yennadon Lands (Staff Report - July 14, 2020)PDF