Land Use Planning

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 Indigenous groups.

The objectives of the Land Use Plan are to:LUP coverimages

  • 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]


Phase one of engagement on our current land use plan is complete. From November 18 through December 9, 2019, we engaged with the public and stakeholders to ensure the plan remains current and reflects future market trends, emerging issues critical to accommodate Canada’s growing trade and continues to support communities and Indigenous groups, generating benefits for all Canadians. An engagement summary report that summarizes feedback and participation from phase one engagement and highlights key themes is anticipated to be posted here in early 2020.Contact Us:
Email: [email protected]

Yearly amendment process

To satisfy the intent of the Canada Marine Act the port authority is required to add acquired sites into our land use plan, and give sites a land use designation by way of a formal amendment. All divested land must also be formally removed from our land use plan.

This is an annual process that happens each spring. A 60-day public consultation period is required and once the amendments are approved by the port authority’s board of directors, a notice of decision is posted and advertised across the region.

Past amendments

2019 consultation summary report and notice of decision
2018 consultation summary report and notice of decision
2017 consultation summary report and notice of decision

For ease of use, the port authority’s jurisdiction is divided into planning areas. You can view an interactive land use map of the whole jurisdiction or focus in on particular planning areas below.

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]

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]

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]