Commercial & Industrial Strategy

The Commercial & Industrial Strategy is an important component of Maple Ridge's long range planning process and is intended to guide the long term commercial and industrial development in the City. The recommendations of the Strategy are intended to improve, enhance, or expand the land base for employment and economic opportunities within Maple Ridge.

Council endorsed the Commercial & Industrial Strategy Implementation Plan Matrix on October 5, 2015. The Matrix is intended to be used as a guide for Council discussions, to help determine future projects over the following time horizons:
  • Short Term – 2016-2018
  • Medium Term – 2018-2028
  • Long Term – beyond 2028

Employment Land Redesignation

One of the short term outcomes of the Commercial and Industrial Strategy was that the City will need upwards of 69-93 hectares (170-230 acres) of additional industrial lands by 2040. The Strategy examined lands within the City and a number of areas that could potentially accommodate employment-based land uses have been identified.

Setting aside land now in order to accommodate future employment lands is one way to support the creation of more local job opportunities for Maple Ridge residents. Recognizing the importance of local job creation, Council directed staff to investigate a number of sites to assess their suitability for future employment-generating land uses.

Staff have conducted several high-level land use assessments to explore the potential for future employment uses through the redesignation of land in strategic areas of the city. As a land use designation characterizes what land uses could be supported in the future, the redesignation of land would not change the currently permitted uses or existing zoning.

As of June 2017, two areas have been brought forward for Council consideration based on their proximity and potential to expand existing areas of employment in the City:
  • Area 1: 256th Street Lands
  • Area 2: Lougheed Lands
In early 2017, a public consultation process was completed to discuss the employment land redesignation opportunities with the community. It included four focus group sessions with local land owners and area residents, a city-wide public open house on February 6, 2017 as well as an online survey.
The outcome of the open house and questionnaire were presented at Council Workshop on May 2, 2017 (available in the video archives), where Council directed staff to move forward with amending Official Community Plan Amending Bylaw for Area 1: 256th Street Lands and preparing Official Community Plan Amending Bylaw for Area 2: Lougheed Lands.
Staff submitted two draft OCP Amending Bylaws for Council consideration at the June 27, 2017 Council meeting (available in the video archives).
  • Staff report (PDF)
  • Bylaw No. 7299-2016 (PDF) (Area 1: 256 Street Lands) introduces an Industrial Reserve designation for the lands around the existing 256th Street Industrial Area as well as a number of other housekeeping amendments. This Bylaw received second reading at the June 27, 2017 Council Meeting.
  • Bylaw No. 7335-2017 (PDF) (Area 2: Lougheed Lands) proposes Industrial (Business Park category), Commercial and Rural Residential land use designations. This Bylaw received first and second reading at the June 27, 2017 Council Meeting.
Both Bylaws were forwarded to the July 18th Public Hearing. The Public Hearing is the opportunity for anyone who feels affected by a particular Bylaw to be heard before Council on matters contained in the Bylaw. The July 18, 2017 presentation and public comments are available on a recording in the video archives.

Following the Public Hearing, both Bylaws were considered by Council at the next Regular Council Meeting, which was held on July 25th, 2017. The recording of the Council Meeting is available in the video archives. On July 25th, 2017 both OCP Amending Bylaw No. 7299-2016 and No. 7335-2017 received third reading.

Both OCP Amending Bylaw No. 7299-2016 and No. 7335-2017 were considered for final reading and adopted at the September 12, 2017 Regular Council Meeting. The recording of the Council Meeting is available in the video archives. The City of Maple Ridge’s online mapping software now reflects the changes made to the OCP land use designations.

As the employment land conversation continues, future updates 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.

Any questions regarding the Commercial and Industrial Strategy can be sent via email to the Planning Department.