Maple Ridge city hall. (THE NEWS – files)

Maple Ridge city hall. (THE NEWS – files)

Maple Ridge city council approves Lougheed transit corridor concept plan

Plan aims to create an urban environment with a focus on pedestrians, bicycles, and green features

Maple Ridge city council heard about and endorsed a Lougheed transit corridor concept plan during a council workshop on November 10.

A study for the plan was initiated in September 2018, and a public consultation process began in spring 2019.

This concept plan which will be used to shape the development of the area surrounding the city’s busiest thoroughfare for decades to come.

It aims to create an urban environment with a focus on pedestrians, bicycles, and green features.

Mayor Mike Morden said the long-term plan will be to build complete sustainable urban communities along major transit corridors.

“It’s another example of Council’s work to evolve land use in Maple Ridge, transitioning from single use to employment-generating through mixed-use zoning and options for form and density,” he said.

READ MORE: Council considers key east-west route through Maple Ridge

The plan includes a flexible employment designation to allow for retail complexes, business parks, large-format office space and light industrial use to create local jobs and address the need for more employment-generating lands.

It also allows for for two primary mixed-use nodes – developments with ground floor commercial and residential or office use above – surrounding key transit hubs.

Four walkable ‘high streets’, located between Dewdney Trunk Road and Lougheed Highway, are planned to provide adjacent neighbourhoods with shopping and services.

The city is also hoping to provide a broader range of housing to ensure a variety of choice for residents.

There is also plans for an expansion of Cook Park, which would aim to provide more recreational opportunities, as well as an establishment of a new park between Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road, east of 216 Street.

City staff will begin drafting an area plan bylaw and development permit guidelines to reflect what is included in the concept plan.

Both are expected to be brought to council for consideration next fall.

In the interim, development applications will be evaluated based on the plan’s objectives and land use designations.



ronan.p.odoherty@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

City Councilmaple ridgeTransit

Just Posted

Gerry Jensen had an interesting visitor last month in his backyard near Maple Ridge Park. It was a male pileated woodpecker. “I hear these guys fairly often, but haven’t actually seen one in 25 years or more. I was very surprised to see this one demolishing a suet block hanging in my Hazelnut tree. Their eyesight must be fantastic in order to find a small block like this more or less hidden in the branches.” (Special to The News)
SHARE: Fine-feathered friends feast in Maple Ridge backyard

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

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country's crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of May 16

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Ron Tuck presents a Ridge Meadows Royals #33 to Larry Walker Sr., as the local minor ball association retired Larry Walker Jr.’s number. (Special to The News)
Ridge Meadows Baseball retires Larry Walker’s number

Association honours future hall of famer

Albion Community Centre in phase 2 of construction plan. (City of Maple Ridge)
Albion Community Centre closer to completion

Construction is expected to wrap up fall 2021

xx
Pedestrian struck in Pitt Meadows

Area near Airport way and Harris Road has been shut down by police

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) (File Photo)
Police watchdog investigating after man found dead in Surrey following a wellness check

IIO says officers ‘reportedly spoke to a man at the home before departing’

Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

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

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Surrey RCMP in the 4900-block of 148th Street, a short road just off of King George Boulevard, on May 15, 2021 after a male was allegedly assaulted with a “pipe-like” weapon that morning. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Surrey RCMP investigating after person reportedly injured with ‘pipe-like’ weapon

Police investigating incident in the 4900-block of 148th Street

Most Read