Land Use Planning

2019 Land Use Plan Amendments

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority consulted on proposed amendments to our Land Use Plan for sites located across the Lower Mainland. The amendments relate to sites located in Vancouver, Surrey and Delta. We are required by the Canada Marine Act to add them to our Land Use Plan, and give them a land use designation by way of a formal amendment.

The port authority has also divested land in North Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey.  Similarly, divested lands must be removed from our Land Use Plan as per the Canada Marine Act.

A 60 day public consultation was held from April 29, to June 29, 2019 on the proposed amendments. Details of the sites and proposed amendments, including information on the consultation activities and the Consultation Summary Report are available on PortTalk.

Land Use Plan

LUP coverimagesThe Canada Marine Act sets a clear requirement for Canadian port authorities to adopt a comprehensive land use plan which includes its objectives and policies around development decisions. Similar to a municipality’s official community plan, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Land Use Plan guides development of port lands and waters over the next 15 to 20 years.

The Land Use Plan articulates our commitment to responsible stewardship of port lands and waters, and demonstrates our responsiveness to business needs, market trends and emerging issues that will impact the port and the broader community, while also contributing positively to local communities and Indigenous groups.

The objectives of the Land Use Plan are to:

  • provide long-term land use policy directions
  • guide land use and future growth opportunities
  • assist tenants and customers to plan their operations and investments
  • help coordinate land use and transportation planning with neighbouring communities and government agencies
  • provide clarity about activities and uses that can occur on port lands, and how community interests will be considered in the planning process
  • provide clarity to First Nations about the intended use of the port lands and waters adjacent to reserves and within asserted traditional territories
  • show how future port growth will be managed in a sustainable manner

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Land Use Plan [PDF]

Planning area maps

Interactive Land Use Map

Planning Area 1 – Burrard Inlet South Shore [PDF]
Planning Area 2 – Burrard Inlet North Shore [PDF]
Planning Area 3 – Indian Arm [PDF]
Planning Area 4 – Fraser River Inland Reaches [PDF]
Planning Area 5 – Fraser River Central [PDF]
Planning Area 6 – Roberts Bank [PDF]
Planning Area 7 – Fraser River North and South Arms [PDF]


The original Land Use Plan was developed over a three-year period that ended in mid-2014 in consultation with over 1,000 individuals representing municipalities, First Nations, government agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, industries, and members of the public. The Land Use Plan balances these perspectives with our responsibility to facilitate Canada’s growing trade.

When changes are needed to keep the plan relevant and adjust to changes over time, we solicit input from interested parties. The Canada Marine Act outlines the procedures for public notice and adoption by the board. Recent amendments include the addition of industrial properties acquired by the port authority.

For a detailed list of all changes to the Land Use Plan, review the summary of amendments document below. For access to past consultation materials, please contact us.

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Land Use Plan: Summary of Amendments [PDF]

East Vancouver Port Lands Area Plan

East Vancouver Port Lands PlanIn 2007, the Burrardview Community Association, City of Vancouver, CP Rail and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority together developed the East Vancouver Port Lands (EVPL) Area Plan.

The plan guides land-use decisions and addresses compatibility issues between industrial and residential land uses on port lands located between Victoria Drive and the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge as well as the adjacent Burrardview neighbourhood.

As part of the area plan, the East Vancouver Port Lands Liaison Group was established comprising of representatives from each organization to advise on issues of mutual interest. The group meets on a regular basis to monitor implementation of the area plan and to review and provide comments on proposed projects located within the plan area. These meetings provide a forum to exchange information and discuss new proposals and initiatives in the area.

East Vancouver Port Lands Plan [PDF]
East Vancouver Port Lands Landscape Design Guidelines [PDF]
City of Vancouver Location Specific Policies and Guidelines [PDF]

 Central Waterfront Port Lands Policy Statement

East Vancouver Port Lands Plan mapThe Central Waterfront Port Lands Policy Statement was jointly developed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the City of Vancouver in 1994 to help guide future development of the central downtown area of Vancouver, in recognition of its importance to transportation, tourism and community.

The statement fosters urban development of the Central Waterfront Port Lands in a way that reinforce key port, regional, civic and community functions and requirements, while sensitively integrating all new development with its diverse neighbours. The statement it is intended to be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of detailed plans that may be developed in the future.

Since the development of the statement, a portion of the Central Waterfront Port Lands area has been designated as a Special Study Area in the port authority’s Land Use Plan. This is in recognition of the future detailed planning and consultation required to develop this area in considerate manner.

Central Waterfront Port Lands Policy Statement [PDF]
City of Vancouver Location Specific Policies and Guidelines [PDF]