2019 Land Use Plan Amendments

About the Land Use Plan

The port authority oversees the 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 enable Canada's trade objectives, ensuring safety, environmental protection and consideration for local communities. In 2014, we adopted our Land Use Plan which provides a framework for development and use of port lands and waters for the next 15 to 20 years.

From time to time, we acquire land to ensure future port-related activities can be accommodated, focusing on sites with ready access to shipping channels, truck routes or rail corridors and close proximity to existing port holdings. Strategic land acquisitions are one of the ways we are responding to the increasing shortage of trade-enabling industrial land, ensuring the Port of Vancouver is ready to handle growing trade, and living up to our commitment to deliver economic prosperity through trade.

Land Use Plan Amendments

Over the past year (2018 calendar year), we have acquired sites in Vancouver, Surrey and Delta.

The port authority has also divested land in North Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey, and has entered into a long term lease (60 years) with the Province of B.C.

Under the Canada Marine Act, the port authority is required to add all land purchases to its Land Use Plan by way of formal amendment. Similarly, divested lands must be removed from our Land Use Plan, as they are no longer under port jurisdiction. The amendment process is set out in the Canada Marine Act and requires public notification and consultation.

Get Involved

We'd love your thoughts on the proposed amendments. We invite you to review the information set out below and fill out our feedback form.

The public consultation period is now closed and took place from April 29 to June 29, 2019. All consultation materials are available in the document library.

Details of the sites and proposed amendments (click here to open a larger file):

Land Use Plan Designations Definitions

  • “Port Terminal”: Primarily intended for deep-sea and marine terminals that handle a variety of commodities, but also permits uses that support shipping and the transportation of goods.

  • “Industrial”: Primarily intended for light and heavy industrial activities such as warehousing, transloading facilities and ship repair to support port operations, transportation of goods and marine support services.

How To Participate

  1. Attend an open house
  2. Read about the proposed Land Use Plan amendments
  3. Read about the current Land Use Plan
  4. Submit a feedback form by June 29, 2019


About the Land Use Plan

The port authority oversees the 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 enable Canada's trade objectives, ensuring safety, environmental protection and consideration for local communities. In 2014, we adopted our Land Use Plan which provides a framework for development and use of port lands and waters for the next 15 to 20 years.

From time to time, we acquire land to ensure future port-related activities can be accommodated, focusing on sites with ready access to shipping channels, truck routes or rail corridors and close proximity to existing port holdings. Strategic land acquisitions are one of the ways we are responding to the increasing shortage of trade-enabling industrial land, ensuring the Port of Vancouver is ready to handle growing trade, and living up to our commitment to deliver economic prosperity through trade.

Land Use Plan Amendments

Over the past year (2018 calendar year), we have acquired sites in Vancouver, Surrey and Delta.

The port authority has also divested land in North Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey, and has entered into a long term lease (60 years) with the Province of B.C.

Under the Canada Marine Act, the port authority is required to add all land purchases to its Land Use Plan by way of formal amendment. Similarly, divested lands must be removed from our Land Use Plan, as they are no longer under port jurisdiction. The amendment process is set out in the Canada Marine Act and requires public notification and consultation.

Get Involved

We'd love your thoughts on the proposed amendments. We invite you to review the information set out below and fill out our feedback form.

The public consultation period is now closed and took place from April 29 to June 29, 2019. All consultation materials are available in the document library.

Details of the sites and proposed amendments (click here to open a larger file):

Land Use Plan Designations Definitions

  • “Port Terminal”: Primarily intended for deep-sea and marine terminals that handle a variety of commodities, but also permits uses that support shipping and the transportation of goods.

  • “Industrial”: Primarily intended for light and heavy industrial activities such as warehousing, transloading facilities and ship repair to support port operations, transportation of goods and marine support services.

How To Participate

  1. Attend an open house
  2. Read about the proposed Land Use Plan amendments
  3. Read about the current Land Use Plan
  4. Submit a feedback form by June 29, 2019


  • Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on this year's proposed Land Use Plan amendments.

    To ensure your comments are considered, please submit your feedback by June 29, 2019.

    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.


    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on this year's proposed Land Use Plan amendments.

    To ensure your comments are considered, please submit your feedback by June 29, 2019.

    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.


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