Pitt passes Metro plan

The City of Pitt Meadows accepted Metro Vancouver’s new master plan for development last week.

The plan aims to guide growth as the region adds another 1.2 million residents by 2040.

The document continues and builds on the vision of the Livable Region Strategic Plan – fighting sprawl, protecting green space and building more complete communities better served by transportation.

Pitt Meadows requested several changes to the growth strategy called, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future:

• the old Cardiff Farms property, off Harris Road, being designated as industrial;

• the North Lougheed Commercial Area and an area off Baynes Road as “special study area.”

The plan has so far been accepted by Belcarra, Lions Bay, Delta, Langley City, Richmond, Surrey and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

Only one city has voted against the growth strategy. Port Moody council voted 5-1 last month to reject the document, saying the city can’t agree to take more population growth without needed transportation improvements, notably the Evergreen Line and Murray-Clarke Connector.

A final ratification vote by the Metro board is set for April 29.

If adopted, cities will have two years to pass regional context statements that show how their official community plans will align with the regional strategy.


<h4>Skate park open house</h4>

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services will host an open house to display a concept plan for a youth action park at Harris Road Park tonight, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pitt Meadows city hall.

The Youth Action Park will be located in a revamped Harris Road Park, east of the parking lot and east of Heritage Hall.  It will be a similar to the Schoolyard Action Park at Thomas Haney secondary in Maple Ridge, with about 14,500 square feet of space and a budget of $450,000.

Residents will be able to review and comment on the park’s concept plan at the open house.

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