Land Use Contracts

In May 2014, the Province made changes to the Local Government Act (a provincial law that governs local governments) that directs municipalities to enact zoning regulations for all properties regulated by Land Use Contracts prior to June 30, 2022. This change also directs all Land Use Contracts to terminate on June 30, 2024. 

Because of the changes to the Local Government Act, the City of Maple Ridge is undertaking the rezoning of properties and termination of the Land Use Contracts accordingly. It is the aim of this termination process that the new zoning put in place will mirror, as closely as possible, what has been permitted on a property through the Land Use Contract. The attempt is that the current use and the building(s) on the property will not be affected in any way by this change.

DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION FOR OWNERS WITH PROPERTIES THAT HAVE A LAND USE CONTRACT, THE INFORMATION SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the land use contract termination process or your property, staff are happy to meet with you in-person, over the phone, or virtually through Zoom. 

What is a Land Use Contract?

A Land Use Contract is an agreement between a property owner and a municipality that states the permitted use(s) and development regulations for the property. The regulations in a Land Use Contract are similar to those found within a zoning bylaw, except that the Land Use Contract may contain other items typically not found within a zoning bylaw, such as engineering servicing standards and development design guidelines.


How is the City selecting my property's zone?

Staff will review the use(s) and regulations (such as building setbacks, height, and lot coverage) permitted in the Land Use Contract and attempt to align these with a current zone. The proposed zone must be consistent with the land use designation for your property, which is identified in the City of Maple Ridge Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw.


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. On September 29, 2020, the anticipated zoning bylaw received third reading. To learn more about the anticipated new zoning bylaw, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/2283/Zoning-Bylaw-Update


What is the Process for Terminating Land Use Contracts?

The City will follow its established rezoning process as well as provincial Land Use Contract termination requirements between 2021 and 2022.


The rezoning and termination of a Land Use Contract process includes:
Land Use Contracts

Where Can I Find More Information?


The Province of British Columbia Website on Land Use Contracts

Frequently Asked Questions about Land Use Contracts
A compilation of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the termination process of Land Use Contracts is available here (PDF).

Staff report presented at the October 13, 2020 Council Workshop
On October 13, 2020, staff presented the approach for terminating land use contracts to Council as well as some background information on Land Use Contracts. The report is available here and the Council meeting livestream is available here.

If you have any questions, staff are available by phone and email to answer your questions, as well to meet in-person at City Hall by appointment only.
Staff contact: Krista Gowan, email here
Phone: 604-467-7402