Over the past six months in Phase 1, we worked with customers, stakeholders, First Nations and the wider community to gather information, identifying top priorities and concerns. We then combined that information with further research into best practices as well as the Port’s vision and mandate to develop draft goals, objectives, and policy directions that will guide the new Land Use Plan. Our objective has been to weave together the input gathered and find balance between the many voices we heard.
Currently, Port Metro Vancouver’s Land Use Plan is a combination of three different and sometimes inconsistent plans from the former Fraser River, North Fraser and Vancouver Port Authorities, which amalgamated in 2008. We need an updated land use plan that addresses our current situation and the priorities identified in the Port 2050 visioning process.
The Land Use Plan will be less specific than a zoning bylaw. It will identify appropriate types of uses for Port lands and water but it will not include specific development criteria such as the location of buildings or how big lots should be.
The Land Use Plan is not the same as a Master Plan either. Where a master plan may look at the entire operations of a Port, the Land Use Plan will focus primarily on land use and related interests. Rather than designate lands for specific commodities, the Land Use Plan will identify a range of uses that would be appropriate to develop on any given parcel.
Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. The Container Capacity Improvement Program (CCIP) is our long-term strategy to reliably support growing international trade in an efficient and sustainable manner. The Land Use Plan will draw from the information and findings of the CCIP program in order to ensure the Plan supports this initiative.
Please go to our resources section for complete background papers and information materials. Also, remember to refer people to our website as we will be updating the information regularly.
Our website provides up-to-date information on Port projects.
The Plan will strive to address operational issues that are directly related to new development of Port land and water. For example, the Plan could contain a policy regarding the incorporation of appropriate noise mitigation measure with new development. The Port is addressing operational issues through other initiatives as well, see below for more information.
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