What is a Land Use Plan?

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. It was developed in consultation with more than 1,000 people representing municipalities, Aboriginal groups, government agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, industry and members of the public.

What does the Land Use Plan include?

The Land Use Plan includes goals, policies and land use designations to guide planning in all areas across the port authority’s jurisdiction and provide clarity for neighbouring communities and stakeholders on long-term development for all federal lands managed by the port authority.

Our Land Use Plan includes eight different designations for land and water, as well as implementation measures to ensure we work towards identified goals.

Why is the Land Use plan being amended?

From time to time, the port authority purchases new lands, or divests existing property, and these purchases and divestments require amendments to be made to our Land Use Plan, public consultation and approval from the port authority’s board of directors. For such amendments, the Canada Marine Act sets out procedural requirements for public notice, consultation and adoption by our board of directors.

Why did the port authority buy this land?

The acquisitions were made to protect trade-enabling industrial lands, ensuring their future availability for port expansion and the warehouses and distribution centres that are needed to move consumer goods as our trade with Asia grows. This trade supports Canadian businesses and our lifestyles, helping to put groceries on our store shelves, cellphones in our pockets and furniture in our homes.

How will new sites be used in the future?

Newly acquired lands/sites are expected to be used for trade-enabling infrastructure and development. Any proposals for future development would be subject to the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process and must conform to the uses permitted under the Land Use Plan.

How is the public being notified of the amendments to your Land Use Plan?

The procedure to add new land acquisitions to a Land Use Plan and designation of lands is set out in the Canada Marine Act, section 48. This section of the Act also includes the procedure for public consultation. The port authority is required to advertise in newspapers and host a public meeting at least 60 days prior to adopting the plan or making substantive amendments.

As part of this process, we will host a public open house session, advertise in local papers, notify neighbours in the surrounding area, and send out notifications to municipalities and stakeholders.

What will you do with the feedback?

We will be compiling all feedback and summarizing key themes in a Consultation Summary Report, which will be posted on this page in the Library section, after the close of the consultation period. The summary report will also describe our response to the feedback received.

The Consultation Summary Report will be provided to the port authority’s board of directors for review to inform their decision on the amendments.

How will the results of the consultation be shared?

At the end of the public consultation period, we will post the Consultation Summary Report. You'll be able to find this in the Library section on this page. We'll also directly notify those who subscribed to our Land Use Plan email list.

How will the decision from the board of directors be shared?

Should the port authority’s board of directors approve the proposed amendments, the Notice of Decision would be distributed through advertisements in local newspapers and be emailed to those subscribed to our Land Use Plan email list. The notice of decision and amended land use plan maps will also be published on our website.