Maple Ridge applying to become a city

Council decides Tuesday to ask province to bestow status

  • Jan. 17, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Maple Ridge council gave a unanimous support Tuesday to apply to become a city.

Council approved the idea and will use the alternative approval process, in which 10 per cent or more of voters have to object in order to force a referendum.

A staff report notes that municipalities must have populations of more than 5,000 to be considered a city and that Maple Ridge’s population is now at 77,402.

Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin favours becoming a city, providing it doesn’t cost much.

Staff says total cost will be about $3,000, including the cost of holding the alternative approval process.

Economic development manager Sandy Blue said the process could take a few months and could coincide with Maple Ridge’s 140 anniversary next September.

“My sense is that people are generally supportive.”