The Planning Department is responsible for policies and development applications regarding land use. This responsibility translates into rezonings, development permits, watercourse protection permits, and projects such as: area plans, cannabis regulations, environmental strategies, heritage designations, and agricultural uses on land. There are many ways to get involved and stay informed. For all processes and applications, the Planning Department values your feedback and input!
Ongoing Planning Projects
The current processes below are open for you to contribute your ideas and feedback on projects important to you! We invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts.
- Albion Flats Area Plan
- Green Infrastructure
- Heritage Plan Review & Update
- Land Use Contract Termination
- Lougheed Transit Area Plan
- Thornhill Area Study
- North/East Albion Area Plan
- Yennadon Area Plan
- Metro 2050 Update
Albion Flat Area Plan Process
The Albion Flats have been the subject of various concept planning efforts over the years. On October 5, 2015, Council endorsed a renewed planning process to complete a revised land use concept plan and Albion Flats Area Plan Bylaw. It was proposed to revisit the 2010 charrette outcomes and community stakeholder input as the basis for identifying preferred land uses and moving forward to complete an Area Plan Bylaw. The Albion Flats Area Planning process was proposed to have four phases. A description of each phase is outlined below.
Green Infrastructure Management Strategy
On November 12, 2019, Council endorsed a process for the creation of a Green Infrastructure Management Strategy. Phase One of the project has been completed, which included a municipal comparative scan and a spatial analysis review. On November 17, 2020, staff presented the findings from Phase One at Workshop. To watch staff's presentation, click HERE.
Heritage Plan Review and Update
The Heritage Plan Review and Update will build on the current Heritage Plan’s framework and should result in a Heritage Plan that sets the Community Heritage Commission’s work plan for the next ten years (2022-2032).
The City's Heritage Plan proactively encourages the conservation and long-term viability of Maple Ridge’s heritage resources, for the benefit of the entire community. The goal is be to provide an effective, sustainable, and realistic strategic plan of action.
To read more about the project, visit:
There are 3 ways you can get involved and share your feedback:
- Attend the Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 6 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. To register for the Virtual Open House, click HERE. The zoom link and details will be emailed to participants the day before the Open House (October 5).
- Participate in the survey. The survey will be open from October 6 to October 27 (at midnight).
- Provide feedback by phone or email. Contact Krista Gowan, Community Planner at the City of Maple Ridge, either by phone or by email at: email@example.com or 604-467-7402.
Land Use Contract Termination
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.
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. For more information on the Land Use Contract termination process, click HERE.
Get In Touch!
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
Thornhill Area Study
The Thornhill area is recognized as a new community that requires an area plan prior to urban development occurring in the area. This area plan is a long-term priority for the City and will be initiated in accordance with the Thornhill Urban Reserve policies of the Official Community Plan.
On March 30, 2021, a report provides background information on the current context in relation to the criteria set out in the Official Community Plan (OCP) Urban Reserve policies and provides an update on current growth projections. Additionally, this report introduces the potential for allowing an employment use in Thornhill in the near to medium term. At this meeting, Council directed staff to prepare a scoping report outlining necessary Planning studies, costs and timeline. To read the report. click HERE.
North/East Albion Area Concept Plan
On Tuesday, October 1 2019, Council endorsed the North East Albion Land Use and Servicing Concept Plan. The full staff report is available here (Item 4.3) and the meeting was recorded and available here. As staff move through the OCP Amendment 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. For more information on the process, click HERE.
Yennadon Area Concept Plan
At the May 4, 2021 Committee of the Whole Council Meeting, staff presented Official Community Plan (OCP) Amending Bylaws (No. 7734-2021 and No. 7735-2021) to integrate the Yennadon Lands Concept Plan (endorsed on December 8, 2020) into the Official Community Plan. The OCP Amending Bylaws were forwarded to the May 11, 2021 Regular Council Meeting, where Council granted First Reading to the bylaws.
In respect of Section 475 of the Local Government Act, staff will now submit referrals to the following agencies regarding the proposed re-designation of the Yennadon Lands: Metro Vancouver, School District No. 42, local First Nations, Ministry of Environment, as well as the Agricultural Land Commission. Following receipt of referral agency responses, staff will prepare a Second Reading report for Council consideration. Updates will continue to be provided on the project website as well as through email when this occurs. For more information on the process, click HERE.
The draft Metro 2050 is now available!
The Metro Vancouver Regional District is inviting your comments on Metro 2050, a key document that will shape how we grow and thrive in the coming decades in the Greater Vancouver region. Be sure to check out this video that summarizes what a regional growth strategy is all about!
The following opportunities are available to provide your feedback to the Metro Vancouver Regional District:
1. Complete an online feedback form
2. Attend Metro Vancouver's free public webinar on October 19, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm to learn more about Metro 2050. In this webinar, Regional Planning staff will walk you through Metro 2050, which extends the regional growth strategy to the year 2050, builds on the successes of Metro 2040, integrates with Transport 2050 (Translink's new regional transportation strategy), and advances action on the critical issues facing our region such as climate change, social equity, resilience, and housing affordability. You will learn about Metro 2050's highlights and new directions, and be able to ask questions and provide comments directly to staff. Advance registration is required. Please register here.
3. Send an email or letter to Metro Vancouver staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Hearing & Development Applications
Public Hearings happen once a month and are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. You can share your opinions and concerns regarding a development application or project at a Public Hearing meeting or though email or letter to Council.
For more information on the ways you can share your perspective and concerns, click HERE. To take part in the Public Hearing process, it is helpful to know the application File Number and any associated Bylaw Numbers, which can be found in the Public Hearing agenda package and the