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Recreational Waterfront Management Plan

Project overview

Updated: July 2011

As part of the continuous effort to balance the needs of the Port, residential waterfront property owners, the community, First Nations and municipalities, Port Metro Vancouver is developing a Recreational Waterfront Management Plan and Implementation Strategy, resulting from a study that commenced in March 2008. The study area is limited to Burrard Inlet east of Second Narrows, Indian Arm (excluding Bedwell Bay) and Port Moody Arm.

The scope of the plan is limited to the long-term management of private recreational dock facilities, and includes strategic initiatives and guidelines for sustainable dock development. The plan also considers the existing marina inventory and future potential for marina development in the study area. A review of the recreational water lot license fee structure for both single-use and shared-use dock facilities is also included in the plan scope. 

Upon completion of a draft Recreational Waterfront Management Plan and recreational waterlot license fee structure, we will be meeting with stakeholders, communities and First Nations to discuss plan and fee implementation.

During the planning process, the Port will not be accepting applications for new residential recreational waterfront facilities, including maintenance or repairs to existing facilities. Once the management plan has been finalized, we will remove the suspension on applications and begin its effective administration. 

Project status

During the planning process, the Port is not accepting applications for new single-use residential recreational waterfront facilities.

NOTE: We have recently lifted the suspension for shared dock facility proposals only, subject to guidelines for such facilities. For more information, please see the Guidelines for Sustainable Recreational Waterfront Development.

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