Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows municipal update
The population in both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows is growing and aging and both municipalities are preparing for future growth, municipal staff and elected representatives told 100 REALTORS attending the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows municipal update in May.
Highlights of presentations by Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden and Pitt Meadows Mayor Bill Dingwall included:
- Maple Ridge has adopted a Housing Action Plan that will include a density bonus for developers that incorporate affordable housing in their developments.
- There’s a new city-wide community amenity contribution (CAC) program.
- There’s a new triplex and fourplex infill zone and a new small lot infill zone.
- The city is reviewing the garden suites and secondary suites programs with a goal of adding more affordable units.
Cannabis retail sales are permitted in CS-1 (highway) and CS-2 (community) commercial, as well as C-3 town centre commercial zones.
Commercial production will be permitted with diverse licensing options including standard and micro cultivation, nursery, micro processing, sales for medical purposes, and testing and research.
Staff is currently preparing zoning bylaw amendments to accommodate these licensing options.
There are currently more than 100 development applications including:
- a 34 storey – 244-unit residential development at Brown Avenue and Edge Street;
- the third phase of Falcon Homes at Selkirk and 227 Street which will including 44 residential units, 10,000 ft. 2 commercial and a 1,600 sq. Ft. daycare;
- Concordia homes on 227 Street which will include 152 residential units;
- a 5 storey – 25-unit apartment and a 5 storey – 57-unit apartment at 11703 Fraser Street and 11718 224 Street; and
- the former Mussallem properties at Lougheed Highway and 223 Street which will include five buildings of 6-12 storeys with 320 units.
Pitt Meadows’ 19,772 residents are aging and primarily live in the city’s 7,380 single-family detached homes.
Multi-family housing projects coming on stream include:
- Highland Park with 97 apartments;
- Bonson townhomes with 95 units – a redevelopment of a former 32-unit strata property; and
- Natures Walk with 22 townhomes.
Commercial activity includes:
- Golden Ears business park by Onni; and
- the Pitt Meadows regional airport development.
The official community plan is under review and has included stakeholder engagement, technical studies, and policy drafting.
The North Lougheed study area project scoping is also underway as well as new guidelines for development along with riparian areas.
The city is:
- updating development cost charges to support infrastructure planning; and
- reviewing minimum building elevations and the current basement review process.
2018 transportation projects include:
- Katzie Slough bridge replacement;
- South Alouette bridge replacement;
- Harris Road/124 St./192A St. park; and
- Traffic calming and bike route enhancements.
A parks and recreation master plan is underway as is an enhancement to cultural services including a range of seasonal festivals.