The Hopcott cranberry bog is just one part of the family farmgate business operating in Pitt Meadows and drawing customers from throughout the Lower Mainland. (Special to The News)

The Hopcott cranberry bog is just one part of the family farmgate business operating in Pitt Meadows and drawing customers from throughout the Lower Mainland. (Special to The News)

Attracted to all Pitt Meadows has to offer

This is a community that proves inviting to both families and businesses alike

By Monique Tamminga/Special to The News

Pitt Meadows offers a great location to raise a family and operate a business.

Currently home to 20,000 people, Pitt Meadows has its own airport, major mall, movie theatre and vibrant, walkable downtown as well as the river-side Osprey Village.

With 86 per cent of the land mass in Pitt Meadows in the BC Agricultural Land Reserve, farming is a big industry.

Local farms grow a variety of crops, and the area is probably best known for its greenhouses and small fruit; namely, the delicious blueberry and cranberry.

“Our residents enjoy shopping for local blueberries, cranberries, honey, milk and meat from family farms throughout Pitt Meadows,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall.

.

LOCATION, LOCATION

The Pitt Meadows Regional Airport (YPK), is centrally located to serve surrounding communities in the Metro Vancouver region.

A big bonus for Pitt Meadows is the location providing easy access to major regional transportation routes. Golden Ears Bridge connects Pitt Meadows to Surrey and Langley. The Pitt River Bridge connects to Port Coquitlam and points west, including Vancouver. The West Coast Express connects to downtown Vancouver. TransLink recently launched a Rapid Bus that runs down Lougheed to Coquitlam, and has east and west stops in Pitt Meadows.

RELATED STORY: Movement growing in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to show locals some love

The increase in light industrial and business park space means that Pitt Meadows is home to a wide variety of industries increasing local employment.

Work on the Pitt Meadows Official Community Plan is nearing completion, and part of that planning process included a review of housing stock – current availability and what is needed to accommodate future growth.

.

NORTH LOUGHEED LAND USE PLAN

Recently, council endorsed the North Lougheed Study Area (NLSA) Land Use Plan. This a 125-acre area that is a critical development for the community in terms of homes, jobs, services and taxes, said Dingwall.

The vision is to create a cohesive mixed-use community development that complements the stunning vistas of the farmlands and mountains, and incorporates transit-oriented residential and employment areas with extensive open green space.

RELATED: Pitt Meadows one step closer to developing North Lougheed Study Area

.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the city quickly mobilized to ensure that the community was safe and that the city did its part to stop the spread, said Dingwall.

“Our staff continued to work hard to ensure core essential services were maintained while managing municipal finances effectively.”

RELATED STORY: OUR VIEW: Putting your money where your heart is

On March 25, council established an Economic Resiliency Task Force (ERTF) to assist local businesses by providing information about accessing senior government support, working together and facilitating economic recovery.

The city cancelled or postponed many capital projects to free up funds to pay for pandemic expenses, revenue shortfalls and the residential grant relief program. It redeployed parks and rec staff to the Bylaw Task Force and released 47 part-time and temporary staff, suspended exempt salary increments and council cost of living increases, cancelled all staff training and professional development; and implemented a hiring freeze during the shut down.

Despite the many challenges, the mayor saw great resiliency and compassion in the community.

“Throughout the pandemic, we are witness to amazing acts of kindness, compassion, courage and commitment. Neighbours have been checking in on neighbours, and many community series have stepped up and sprung into action.”

Local businesses, service providers and farms play a critical role in our community and our quality of life.

Now more than ever it is critical to show support and celebrate local businesses and ensure that they are able to survive these challenging times.

.

HEART OF ECONOMY

“Pitt Meadows is proud of its local business community,” said Dingwall.

“In these trying times, it is vital that we shop local. It is very exciting to see our local businesses finding creative ways to serve the community,” the mayor added.

“We are asking residents to support their favourite shops and restaurants when they need it most.”

Local businesses are the heart of our local economy, says chief administrative officer Mark Roberts.

“They provide important goods and services close to home, job opportunities as well as property taxes and business licence fees that allow for enhanced services and amenities for the community.”

_______________________________

• If there is more to this issue, please let us know about it. Email us at editor@mapleridgenews.com. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

BusinessPitt MeadowsShop Local

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maple Ridge’s Lynda Summers took this trio in early January 2021. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: Horses in January

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

Victor Okunev found this abandoned floating dock on the shores of Pitt Lake. (Facebook)
Nature lover takes it upon himself to clean up Styrofoam mess along Pitt Lake

“If you see trash – pick it up!” says Port Moody’s Victor Okunev

COVID-19 (Pixabay)
Garibaldi secondary in Maple Ridge exposed to COVID-19

Fourth case of virus at a high school in School District 42 in 2021

Snow is expected Saturday night and Sunday morning in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (THE NEWS-files)
Snowfall coming to Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows this weekend

Two-to-five centimetres expected for most of the Lower Mainland

Bowen Byram played for the Vancouver Giants and makes his NHL debut Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Vancouver Giants/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley-based Giants watching Byram’s NHL debut tonight closely

Bowen Byram played for the Giants for several years before being drafted by the Avalanche

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 is International Lego Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 24 to 30

Lego Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Puzzle Day are all coming up this week

Economic Development and Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly responds to a question in the House of Commons Monday November 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Federal minister touts need for new B.C. economic development agency

Last December’s federal economic update promised a stimulus package of about $100 billion this year

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

King conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews

BC Coroners Service is currently investigating a death at Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Drowning death in North Saanich likely B.C.’s first in for 2021

Investigation into suspected drowning Monday night continues

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Kimberly Proctor, 18, was murdered in 2010. Her family has spent many of the years since pushing for a law in her honour, that they say would help to prevent similar tragedies. (Courtesy of Jo-Anne Landolt)
Proposed law honouring murdered B.C. teen at a standstill, lacks government support

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has concerns with involuntary detainment portion of act

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Bernie Sanders makes guest appearance municipal staff meeting in B.C.

Vancouver Island firefighters jump on viral trend of photoshopped U.S. senator

Most Read