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2017 Land Use Plan Amendments: Notice of Decision

On August 29, 2017, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors approved the proposed amendments to the Land Use Plan for industrial properties acquired by the port authority over the past year located in the Corporation of Delta, the District of North Vancouver, City of Richmond, and City of Surrey.

Details of the properties and approved amendments are described in the table 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 is to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives; ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.

All Canada Port Authorities are required to have a Land Use Plan, which is a high-level policy document and framework to guide the development of a port authority’s land and waters for the next 15 to 20 years. It is similar to a municipal official community plan and identifies the types of uses that are appropriate within different areas of the port authority’s jurisdiction.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s most recent Land Use Plan was adopted in 2014 and was developed in consultation with more than 1,000 people, representing municipalities, Aboriginal groups, government agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, industries and members of the public.

Our Land Use Plan includes eight different land and water designations (see page 44 of the Land Use Plan for more information). 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.

Amendment Process


To learn more

For additional information about the Land Use Plan Amendment process, and to read the Notice of Decision, visit Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s webpage. If you have any questions, please contact as at landuseplan@portvancouver.com.

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

On August 29, 2017, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors approved the proposed amendments to the Land Use Plan for industrial properties acquired by the port authority over the past year located in the Corporation of Delta, the District of North Vancouver, City of Richmond, and City of Surrey.

Details of the properties and approved amendments are described in the table 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 is to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives; ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.

All Canada Port Authorities are required to have a Land Use Plan, which is a high-level policy document and framework to guide the development of a port authority’s land and waters for the next 15 to 20 years. It is similar to a municipal official community plan and identifies the types of uses that are appropriate within different areas of the port authority’s jurisdiction.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s most recent Land Use Plan was adopted in 2014 and was developed in consultation with more than 1,000 people, representing municipalities, Aboriginal groups, government agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, industries and members of the public.

Our Land Use Plan includes eight different land and water designations (see page 44 of the Land Use Plan for more information). 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.

Amendment Process


To learn more

For additional information about the Land Use Plan Amendment process, and to read the Notice of Decision, visit Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s webpage. If you have any questions, please contact as at landuseplan@portvancouver.com.

To receive updates about the Land Use Plan, 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 almost 3 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 almost 3 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 over 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 over 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 about 5 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 about 5 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.