Land Use Plan
The 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 Aboriginal 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
Planning area maps
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.
East Vancouver Port Lands 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.
Central Waterfront Port Lands Policy Statement
The 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.