2017 Land Use Plan Amendments

Consultation Process

Public consultation is now closed.

From April 3 to Friday, June 2, 2017, we consulted on four proposed amendments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Land Use Plan for industrial properties recently purchased by the port authority located in Delta, District of North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey.

Two open houses were held during the consultation period, one in Delta on April 20, 2017 and one in North Vancouver on April 22, 2017.

Details on the properties and proposed amendments are below:



About the Land Use Plan

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages more than 16,000 hectares of water, more than 1,000 hectares of land and approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline within the Port of Vancouver. Our mandate, as set out in the Canada Marine Act, is to facilitate Canada's trade objectives; ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities. In 2014, we adopted our updated Land Use Plan, which provides a framework for development and use of port lands and waters for the next 15 to 20 years.

Our Land Use Plan includes eight different land and water designations. These designations guide the development and management of the areas within the port lands and waters, and provide clarity on long-term development for all port lands. For more information about the land and water designations, see the Land Use Plan.


Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments

Over the past year, the port authority has purchased these properties to preserve their industrial nature to meet Canada's future trade needs. These purchases include industrial properties located in the following municipalities: Delta, District of North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey.

We now intend to redesignate the properties from their former municipal land use designations to a port authority Land Use Plan designation.

Details of the properties and proposed amendments are described in the table below.


Where We Are in the Process

The Canada Marine Act sets out the procedural requirements for amendments, which includes a responsibility to notify and consult the public and interested individuals on all substantive amendments. These amendments to the Land Use Plan also require approval from our board of directors.

Land Use Plan Amendment Process:

  1. Start of Consultation Period: Monday, April 3, 2017
  2. 60-Day Consultation Period
  3. End of Consultation Period: Friday, June 2, 2017
  4. Recommendation to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors
  5. Board of directors decision on proposed substantive amendment(s)
  6. Notice of Decision



How You Can Participate

Attend an open house:

1. Read about the proposed Land Use Plan Amendments

The display boards will be available in the Document Library prior to the first open house.

2. Read about the current Land Use Plan

3. Submit a feedback form before Friday, June 2, 2017:

For more information, email landuseplan@portvancouver.com or call (604) 665-9092.


How Feedback Will Be Used

Feedback received during the consultation period will be considered as part of the Land Use Plan amendment process. Once consultation is complete, the project team will provide a consultation summary report to show how feedback was considered, which will be available here on porttalk.ca/landuseplan.

To receive updates about the Land Use Plan amendment process, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.


Consultation Process

Public consultation is now closed.

From April 3 to Friday, June 2, 2017, we consulted on four proposed amendments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Land Use Plan for industrial properties recently purchased by the port authority located in Delta, District of North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey.

Two open houses were held during the consultation period, one in Delta on April 20, 2017 and one in North Vancouver on April 22, 2017.

Details on the properties and proposed amendments are below:



About the Land Use Plan

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages more than 16,000 hectares of water, more than 1,000 hectares of land and approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline within the Port of Vancouver. Our mandate, as set out in the Canada Marine Act, is to facilitate Canada's trade objectives; ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities. In 2014, we adopted our updated Land Use Plan, which provides a framework for development and use of port lands and waters for the next 15 to 20 years.

Our Land Use Plan includes eight different land and water designations. These designations guide the development and management of the areas within the port lands and waters, and provide clarity on long-term development for all port lands. For more information about the land and water designations, see the Land Use Plan.


Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments

Over the past year, the port authority has purchased these properties to preserve their industrial nature to meet Canada's future trade needs. These purchases include industrial properties located in the following municipalities: Delta, District of North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey.

We now intend to redesignate the properties from their former municipal land use designations to a port authority Land Use Plan designation.

Details of the properties and proposed amendments are described in the table below.


Where We Are in the Process

The Canada Marine Act sets out the procedural requirements for amendments, which includes a responsibility to notify and consult the public and interested individuals on all substantive amendments. These amendments to the Land Use Plan also require approval from our board of directors.

Land Use Plan Amendment Process:

  1. Start of Consultation Period: Monday, April 3, 2017
  2. 60-Day Consultation Period
  3. End of Consultation Period: Friday, June 2, 2017
  4. Recommendation to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors
  5. Board of directors decision on proposed substantive amendment(s)
  6. Notice of Decision



How You Can Participate

Attend an open house:

1. Read about the proposed Land Use Plan Amendments

The display boards will be available in the Document Library prior to the first open house.

2. Read about the current Land Use Plan

3. Submit a feedback form before Friday, June 2, 2017:

For more information, email landuseplan@portvancouver.com or call (604) 665-9092.


How Feedback Will Be Used

Feedback received during the consultation period will be considered as part of the Land Use Plan amendment process. Once consultation is complete, the project team will provide a consultation summary report to show how feedback was considered, which will be available here on porttalk.ca/landuseplan.

To receive updates about the Land Use Plan amendment process, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.


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  • What are your present lease plans for the properties at 2165 -2215 Commissioner Street.. are these existing buildings going to be demolished within the next year....what is the plan for Salt Works are they going to be taking over the properties where the Cannery , JS Mc Millan was..

    grampa bear asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for visiting PortTalk. 

    You can find out more about Salt Works' project permit application on our website.

    There are no long-term plans yet for the site at 2165 Commissioner Street (the Versacold site). Please check our projects and planning page for any updates. 

  • What about good paying jobs?

    Crystal asked over 2 years ago

    Port activity creates 57,000 jobs in the Lower Mainland, which have an average salary of $67,000 - almost 50% higher than the Canadian average of $44,000.

    For more information about the economic impacts of port activity, visit http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/en/about/news/2013/06/04/port-metro-vancouver-releases-2012-economic-impact-study.

    And to find out more about the impacts of port activity in your municipality, visit our community pages: http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/en/community.aspx.

  • With the acquisition of Fraser Docks can we expect and increase in container traffic in this area. Will this facility operate 24 hours a day

    easybuilder asked about 4 years ago
    Thank you for your question regarding Fraser Surrey Docks and changes in container traffic. There is no acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks. The proposal at Fraser Surrey Docks is for an existing terminal to handle a new commodity, within its existing footprint. The Fraser Surrey Docks proposal would result in one additional train per day, and two barges to move the coal to Texada Island, where it would be loaded onto deep-sea vessels for overseas export. Although coal is not handled in containers, Fraser Surrey Docks does handle other commodities in containers such as specialty crops, however this proposal will not affect the number of containers moving through the facility.
  • What is my next opportunity to participate in the land use plan process?

    Pam asked about 4 years ago
    Thank you for your question. We have a few upcoming opportunities to take part in the Land Use Plan process. We are currently in Phase 3, where we begin to draft the plan. Technical stakeholder workshops are taking place in June, for people who represent organizations, e.g. municipalities, community groups, environmental organizations. If you are a stakeholder and have not already received an invitation, please contact landuseplan@portmetrovancouver.com if you would like to attend. We will be having events in the fall for the general public. Please continue to visit our website for details to come about the public consultation in the fall.
  • Hi there, This question was posed at the Vancouver Board of Trade event today, but was poorly edited by the MC. The real question is as follows. As a new home owner to the 500 block in North Vancouver that is facing a higher environmental impact along with a dramatically lowered house price due to the Richardson’s terminal expansion project I would like to know why in a growing city like Vancouver is expanding their port foot print at the expense of the local residents that pay taxes to support facilities such as the Port Metro Vancouver when there are alternative areas exist. Leo McPeak – Resident 500 Block East 2nd, North Vancouver

    Leo McPeak asked over 4 years ago
    Thanks for your question. As you know, in response to increased demand for Canadian grain, Richardson International Limited has submitted a project permit application to Port Metro Vancouver to expand its grain handling capabilities within its existing footprint. Project updates are available at the Richardson website and on the Port's project page. You can also contact Lilian Chau, Senior Planner at (604) 665-9129 or email lilian.chau@portmetrovancouver.com if you have specific questions about the project.

    In regards to your reference to the benefits and impacts of port activity in Vancouver, it would be helpful for us to first provide some more background information about the Port. Port Metro Vancouver is a self-governing and self-financing corporation which is answerable to the federal Ministry of Transportation. All port tenants, including Richardson, pay taxes at a municipal level as well as provincially and federally. Port activity has substantial economic benefits – for example, there are currently 80,000 jobs in the Lower Mainland that rely on the Port – about 1 in 12 jobs.

    We also understand that port activities, especially in urban areas, can be challenging to local residents because of the noise, congestion and other impacts. Through our the project review process, we work with port tenants, local municipalities and the community and to reduce the impacts so that we can continue to facilitate Canada’s trade and move goods while minimizing the effect on local residents. During this phase of our Land Use Plan process, we have developed draft goals, objectives and policy directions that acknowledges and tries to address potential impacts to the community from a high level policy perspective. We encourage you to take part in our land use plan consultations to ensure that your concerns are documented and considered. Thanks for your continued interest and engagement.

  • Subject: Marine Safety. When is Port Metro Vancouver are going to have Fireboat(s)? Robert Hamilton.

    anonymous_qanda_user_11 asked over 4 years ago
    Port Metro Vancouver is part of the Fire Boat Consortium, which consists of the municipalities of the Burrard Inlet and which has been providing maritime fire response since 1991. The Vancouver Port Authority originally contributed two fireboats to the consortium, bringing the total number of fireboats to five. In 2011, the consortium agreement expired and was extended to 2013 to enable the Port and local municipalities to agree on a way forward. At that time, we will be able to provide you with more information about next steps.