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September 7, 2021

Building Bylaw and Fees & Charges Bylaw Update  

On July 27, 2021 Maple Ridge City Council approved changes to the City’s development application and permit fees through updates to the Maple Ridge Building Bylaw and Fees & Charges Bylaw. The new fees and increases are a result of a region-wide assessment which brings the City in line with other jurisdictions. Check out the detailed report, number 1105 on the May 18, 2021 Committee of the Whole agenda located here, for all of the background and outcomes of the project. 

As of September 1, 2021 the updated rates and new fees will come into effect and be applicable to all applications received going forward. Summary sheets of the new fees have been posted on the Development Application and Permit Fees and Charges webpages to make them easier to navigate. 

Staff are available to answer any questions you may have by telephone at 604-467-7451 or by email at performance@mapleridge.ca


 

August 24, 2021

Landscape and permeable surface requirements

As noted in previous newsletters, the Maple Ridge Zoning Bylaw was adopted on 06.15.21. There were several changes outlined in that bylaw, one of the changes, included updated permeable surface area requirements.  The excerpt below outlines the requirements for permeable surface area. 

As part of your permit submission along with including the hard surfaced areas, as typically shown on the plans, you will need to include the total lot covered by impermeable vs required plus the font yard covered vs required.  Maple Ridge will require this to be shown moving forward and will make it a mandatory requirement for all permit applications received after September 30, 2021Please share this information with your designers.

405.1 Landscape and Permeable Surface Requirements

  1. Not less than 40% of the Lot Area of any Residential Zoned Lot, excluding an Apartment Residential Use, shall be maintained as a Landscaped area with a permeable surface.
  2. Not less than 5% of the Lot Area of Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Zoned Lots shall be maintained as Landscaped areas with a permeable surface.
  3. The Front Yard of a Residential Zoned Lot shall include not less than the following area to be maintained as Landscaped areas with a permeable surface:
  4. 40% for R-1 Zone;
  5. 30% for R-2 Zone;
  6. 30% for R-3 Zone;
  7. 40% for R-4 Zone; and
  8. 50% for all other Residential Zoned Lots, excluding multi-family Residential Use.
  9. For the purposes of this Bylaw, the following shall not be considered permeable surfaces:
  10. Buildings and Structures, with the exception of Buildings and Structures with green roofs that reduce storm water discharge by more than 25% (rate and quantity);
  11. asphalt;
  12. concrete;
  13. non-permeable artificial turf; and
  14. grouted pavers.
  15. Structures designed to retain water shall be considered permeable, including swimming pools, reflecting pools and ornamental ponds.

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.


 

July 27, 2021

Development Services Fee Review

At Maple Ridge Regular Council Meeting of July 13 the Fees & Charges amending Bylaw and Building Amending Bylaw both received third reading (see p.77 of the Council Agenda).

Overall, Council supported recommendations from the UDI/HAVAN letter (see here) related to implementing dashboards and data metrics to monitor performance targets.

Council also supported the proposal with the two key caveats:

  • A supplemental report related to the Building Review Process and recommendations for its improvement is finalized.
  • No new hiring decisions are made until staff openings within the existing budget are filled.

The new rates will be effective of September 1 2021.

For more information on the changes to the bylaw please see the UDI Newsletter of June 29.

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.

 

Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw

At Maple Ridge Regular Council Meeting of July 13 the Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw (see p.107 of the Council Agenda) was adopted with amendments to the Off-Street Parking Design Section outlined below.

For more information on the changes to the bylaw please see the UDI Newsletter of June 29.

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.


 

June 29, 2021

UDI & HAVAN Joint Letter to the City of Maple Ridge – Development Services Fee Review 

As discussed in the UDI Policy & Advocacy Update of June 15, the City of Maple Ridge recently proposed updates to fees associated with building permit, development application, and development engineering services (see the report here). 

On 06.23.21, UDI & HAVAN submitted a joint letter of response (see here) to the City of Maple Ridge. The letter discusses our organizations general support for the fee changes to increase staffing capacity at the City, however, it also suggests that Maple Ridge:

  • Consider providing a service commitment that is tied to department performance and tangible approval timeline targets/ goals now that this data will be monitored.
  • Fill the existing budgeted staff positions that are vacant, as soon as possible because the fee increases will potentially be implemented in September 1 2021.

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.

 

Text Amendments to the Maple Ridge Zoning Bylaw

At the Maple Ridge Council Meeting of June 22 a Bylaw to amend the text of Maple Ridge Zoning Bylaw went to Council for third reading and adoption (see the report here).

The Bylaw provides a definition for Tandem Parking with restrictions around percentage of tandem parking allowed, and conditions to regulate building block size requirement for townhouse units in the RM-1 (Low Density Townhouse Residential) Zone.

For RM-1 Low Density Townhouse Residential Zones, Parking & Loading is amended by adding after 3, as follows.

  • A tandem unit shall be limited to one enclosed single-car garage, with a driveway apron length to accommodate a second vehicle, as specified in the Off—Street Parking and Loading Bylaw, as amended. Two-car enclosed tandem garages shall not be permitted.
  • The maximum percentage of single-car tandem garage units within a townhouse development shall be limited to 50%. See Council Policy on Tandem Parking within Townhouse Developments for more information.

Other Requirement amendments include,

  • A townhouse use shall be limited to six attached units in one block, not to exceed a length of 45 meters (147.5 feet)

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.


 

June 15, 2021

Maple Ridge Options for Reducing GHG Emission from Building and Transportation – UDI/HAVAN Joint Letter of Response

As previously mentioned in the UDI Newsletter of April 6, a Report on Options for Reducing GHG Emissions from Buildings and Transportation went to the City of Maple Ridge Council Workshop on April 27 (See the report of April 27 Council Workshop here on p.53). The report outlines several recommendations to help Maple Ridge achieve its goal to reduce GHG emissions by 45% before the end of the decade.

On June 1 UDI and HAVAN submitted a joint letter of response to the proposal. The letter provides the CoM with feedback in regards to Step Code, Air Tightness Testing, and Visitor Charging for Townhouse Sites.

Please contact Richard Demkiw rdemkiw@udi.org  with any questions or comments.

 

Development Services Fees and Charges

At the City of Maple Ridge Regular Council Meeting of May 25 a report on Development Services Fee Review received first reading. The Report proposes updates to fees associated with building permit, development application, and development engineering services. Below are the pages in the report on which current and proposed fees for each service and the changes of note:

  • Engineering Subdivision & Development Servicing Fees – Page 9
    • New fees
  • Development Application Fees – Page 12
    • New fees
    • Updates to existing fees
    • Transition to base, plus variable rate model for Development Permits and Rezoning applications
  • Building Fees – Page 19
    • Updates to existing fees

Part of the fee update process identified by staff was consultation with development stakeholders (including UDI). As such, Maple Ridge is seeking feedback from UDI on the report by June 25. Please contact Richard Demkiw rdemkiw@udi.org with any comments on the report.

The report is slated to go to Council for final reading in July, if approved, it would come into effect September 1, 2021.


 

May 18, 2021

UPDATED: Tandem Parking 

At Maple Ridge’s Council Workshop of May 11 (p.16) a report on tandem parking was received by Council for discussion.

At this workshop meeting Council was presented with three options for implementing tandem parking within RM-1 (Low Density Townhouse Residential zone. The three options were as follows:

The report also recommends that the Zone Amending Bylaw, Off-Street Parking and Loading Amending Bylaw, and Tandem Parking Garage Units with Townhouse Developments be forwarded to Council Meeting of May 25 2021.

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.


 

May 4, 2021

Options for Reducing GHG Emissions from Buildings and Transportation 

At the City of Maple Ridge Council Workshop of April 27 a staff report on Reducing GHG Emissions from Buildings and Transportation Electric went to Council Workshop for review. At the Workshop meeting, staff made some initial recommendations for the new Step Code, EV Infrastructure requirements (See the report here on p.53).  Council referred the report to the Environmental Advisory Committee meeting on May 12 for their feedback.


 

April 20, 2021

Thornhill Background Report

on March 30 a staff report (pg.7) and presentation on the Thornhill area was discussed at Maple Ridge’s Council Workshop. The report provides background information on the context of the Thornhill area in relation to the criteria set out in the city’s OCP urban Reserve policies and provides an update on current growth projections.

The report suggests that the data on the City’s growth projections do not support a rationale for preparing Thornhill for urban residential use into the long-term and there is sufficient residential development capacity for long term within existing urban areas. However, current OCP policies support exploring future employment use in Maple Ridge, including in the Thornhill area.

Next steps include staff prepare a Thornhill Employment Lands Scoping report, which outlines the necessary background studies, estimated costs, and a timeline that indicates when the Area Plan process might commence.


 

April 6, 2021

B.C. Energy Step Code (ESC) & Electrical Vehicle Charging (EVC)

The City of Maple Ridge is concerned that their community GHG emissions are increasing as opposed to trending downward toward their targets. As such, they are moving to adopt the ESC and increase their EVC requirements and presented at the March 26 UDI/HAVAN/Maple Ridge Municipal Liaison Committee.

A report will be going to Council on April 27 regarding how best to implement the ESC. Staff are recommending that Step 3 be adopted for Part 9 buildings with a six month transition period (after adoption). Staff are proposing grandfathering of development applications In-stream at the time the bylaw is adopted.

For Part 3 buildings, Step 2 is being recommended with implementation occurring six months after initial notification. There will also be grandfathering of instream applications – “… for rezoning, development permit and subdivision applications that have received third reading before the bylaws are adopted.”

Maple Ridge will be using energy efficiency performance bonds to ensure compliance with the new standards. The City is also considering a “Low carbon energy system option “opt in” when available,” as other municipalities have implemented. To support the industry, it is being proposed that Maple Ridge offer “After the transition period, for one year, discounted fees to cover the cost of mid construction blower door tests for up to two homes for all builders including those who received Step 1 services during the transition period.”

Another report will be going Council on April 27 to enhance Maple Ridge’s EVC standards for new buildings. Staff are proposing that energized outlets (Level 2) be provided for:

  • Every residential unit;
  • Half of the visitor spaces; and
  • 10% of commercial spaces where more than 10 are required.”

UDI is pleased that staff are supporting the option of using Energy Management Systems “… with performance requirements based on full charge overnight 90% of the time.” Similar approaches have been allowed in other municipalities because they allow energy sharing during the charging process to reduce the amount of electrical infrastructure that needs to be built. There will be a six month transition period after the bylaw is adopted. Again, staff are proposing “A ‘grandfathering’ exemption for rezoning, development permit and subdivision applications that have received third reading before the bylaws are adopted.”


 

December 15, 2020

Zoning Bylaw Update

At the City of Maple Ridge Council Meeting on 8 December the updated Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 was given final reading. ( For the report please see p.126 of the attached).

The bylaw applies to all lands within the City of Maple Ridge and will replace the City’s existing Zoning Bylaw No. 3510-1985.

The Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 contains the following main categories of regulations:

  • Regulations dividing the City into zones, including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural and comprehensive development zones;
  • Includes general regulations pertaining to prohibited uses; specific land uses; size, shape and siting of buildings and structures; landscaping and permeable surfaces; waste and renewable energy; and lot area and dimension requirements for subdivision. 
  • Within each zone, regulations for the permitted use and density of use of land, buildings and other structures;
  • Regulations for setbacks, and for the height of buildings and structures;
  • Regulations for the area, shape and dimensions of new lots;
  • Regulations for waste management and energy systems;
  • Regulations for landscaping and fencing;
  • General regulations, including for administration and enforcement of the bylaw;
  • Transitional provisions to accommodate zone amending bylaws under Zoning Bylaw No. 3510, 1985 that are in-stream.

All in-stream applications will be monitored and assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine if they can be transitioned to the new Zoning Bylaw or should continue under the existing Zoning Bylaw. The existing Zoning Bylaw will be rescinded once all these applications have completed.


 

November 17, 2020

Housing Needs workshop 

On Friday November 6th UDI participated in the City of Maple Ridge Housing Needs Workshop. Please see the staff presentation here that touches on some of the key takeaways from the meeting. Additional information can also be found through project website.

Maple Ridge will also be hosting a virtual Public Open House on Thursday November 26. If you’d like to attend, please email housing@mapleridge.ca.


 

November 3, 2020

Maple Ridge Housing Needs Assessment Workshop

The City of Maple Ridge is in the process of completing a housing needs assessment to better understand the city’s current and future housing needs. The primary purpose of to identify and describe key needs and gaps in Maple Ridge’s housing system to inform future policy making. The resulting Housing Needs Report will be developed will be used as a foundation for planning and decision-making for the next five years.

Please join Maple Ridge staff and CitySpaces Consulting for a virtual focus group from 1pm – 3pm on Friday, November 6. These conversations will provide an opportunity for the project team to share preliminary findings, and will allow the city to dive deeper into regional housing needs.

Updates on the Housing Needs Report process will be provided online as well as via e-mail. Should you wish to be included on the Housing E-Mail List, please let staff know by sending an email to the Planning Department at housing@mapleridge.ca.


 

October 20, 2020

Ground-Oriented Residential Infill Development Permit Guidelines

At the Maple Ridge Council Meeting on October 13, the Official Community Plan Amending Bylaw No. 7673 Ground Oriented-Residential Infill Development Permit Guidelines received first and second reading and will be forwarded to Public Hearing.

The staff report highlights that “the Ground-Oriented Residential Infill development within established residential neighbourhood will be incremental and sensitive to the existing and emerging context while streamlining the development application process.”

This Bylaw will also be a topic of discussion at the next Maple Ridge Development Liaison Committee meeting in late October.

See the report here.


 

September 22, 2020

Revised Zoning Bylaw

A new Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019, which applies to all lands within the City of Maple Ridge, is intended to replace the City’s existing Zoning Bylaw No. 3510-1985.

The new Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 has received First and Second Readings at Council and went to Public Hearing on September 15, 2020.  

The Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019 contains the following main categories of regulations:

  • Regulations dividing the City into zones, including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural and comprehensive development zones;
  • Includes general regulations pertaining to prohibited uses; specific land uses; size, shape and siting of buildings and structures; landscaping and permeable surfaces; waste and renewable energy; and lot area and dimension requirements for subdivision. 
  • Within each zone, regulations for the permitted use and density of use of land, buildings and other structures;
  • Regulations for setbacks, and for the height of buildings and structures;
  • Regulations for the area, shape and dimensions of new lots;
  • Regulations for waste management and energy systems;
  • Regulations for landscaping and fencing;
  • General regulations, including for administration and enforcement of the bylaw;
  • Transitional provisions to accommodate zone amending bylaws under Zoning Bylaw No. 3510, 1985 that are in-stream.

The old and new zoning bylaw will run simultaneously for the next while (roughly one year), until the new zoning bylaw is gradually be transitioned to be the primary document to follow. City staff has also suggested that periodic amendments be made to the new bylaw as needed.

Maple Ridge has received preliminary approval from the Ministry of Transportation, however, final approval is still required.

UDI intends to discuss this further with staff from the City of Maple Ridge at the next Development Liaison Committee meeting.

A copy of the new Zoning Bylaw can be found here: Zoning Bylaw No. 7600-2019.  A copy of Schedule A – Zoning Map can be found here: Zoning Map.

Please contact Richard Demkiw with any questions or comments.


 

September 8, 2020

UPDATED: Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw

At the Maple Ridge Liaison Committee meetings on October 29 and May 29 staff updated UDI members on their plans to amend the tandem parking provisions in the Zoning Bylaw and Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw. Several members noted concerns regarding the impact that this proposal could have on site yields

On August 27 UDI alongside HAVAN submitted a joint letter of response to City of Maple Ridge highlighting several recommendations.

The proposal is set to go to Council in late September/ early October.

See here for the letter.

See here for the May 29 staff presentation which highlights the proposed tandem parking changes.


 

June 16, 2020

Ground-Oriented Residential Infill Development Permit Guidelines

At Maple Ridge’s Council Workshop on June 9 there was a report on draft Ground-Oriented Residential Infill Development Permit Guidelines.

The city is looking to streamline the development applications for triplex, fourplex, and courtyard housing. The report includes illustrative images and cross sections and identifies the intent, guidelines concepts as well as the key design elements of the housing types.

Upon Council direction, staff will draft an OCP amending bylaw to integrate the proposed amendments. Staff will make sure that the guidelines are referenced in upcoming Council reports for any applications that have no already completed third reading. For applications that have already received third reading will proceed through the Multi-Family Residential Development Permit process.

See p. 7 of the agenda for more information.


 

May 19, 2020

UPDATED: Tandem Parking Bylaw

At the Maple Ridge Council Workshop on May 12 (item 4.6), there was a discussion regarding proposed amendments to the Tandem Parking Bylaw for townhouse developments (see the attached document). 

See below the three options staff presented to Council: 

  • Option 1: 30% tandem garages and 70% double-car garages, including a 6 m (19.7 ft.) driveway apron for the second space, prohibiting two-car enclosed tandem garages; 
  • Option 2: 70% tandem garages and 30% double-car garages, including a 6 m (19.7 ft.) driveway apron for the second space, prohibiting two-car enclosed tandem garages; or 
  • Option 3: 30% tandem garages and 70% double-car garages, allowing two-car enclosed tandem garages, but with slightly shorter driveway aprons to accommodate a smaller vehicle (i.e. 4 m (13.1 ft.)). 2013-096-RZ Page 2 of 8 

At the Workshop Meeting Council were leaning towards selecting Option 1), however, referred the item to staff to add an amendment that would allow the flexibility to go up to 50% tandem, 50% double car garages for townhouses. If adopted, developers would likely still need to submit a parking variance for the 50/50 option. As a result, Council sent the bylaw back to staff for further consideration. 

See here for the link to the agenda and page 94 for item 4.6. See here for the link to the Workshop video.


 

May 5, 2020

Access Management Policy

On April 27, the City of Maple Ridge adopted the Access Management policy, which identified that the practice of restricting access on all current arterial roads may be overly restrictive on some of the lower volume arterial roads.

The policy will create two new road classifications, major and minor arterial roads, and define the hierarchy of access control.

The report highlights that during the redevelopment process that higher density land use is promoted along major corridors and direct access to major arterial roads is minimized. The intent of the policy is to designate and minor arterial roadways and clearly identify when access can be considered and when alternative access will be required. The intent of both classifications is to have uninterrupted traffic flow except at intersections and crosswalks.

The proposed reclassification of arterial roadways is summarized by location in Appendix A/B of the full report (see the link below).

The scheduled update of the Strategic Transportation Plan is expected to further update the road classifications based on traffic volumes, and any changes will be incorporated into the Policy.

See here for the full report.


 

May 19, 2020 

See here for the latest news updates from the City of Maple Ridge

Latest updates include:

April 30th Maple Ridge City Council Delays Property Tax Penalty Date to October 1

April 21st Maple Ridge Update for Citizens on COVID-19 Response

April 17th City of Maple Ridge Response to Provincial Property Tax Framework Announcement

April 16th Maple Ridge Backs Regional Call for Emergency Funding for Translink

 


April 21, 2020

New Sign Bylaw Approved

On April 14th, the City of Maple Ridge put forward a New Sign Bylaw that received first, second, and third reading, and was unanimously carried. The bylaw applies to all lands in the city and consists of the following regulations:

  • Definitions and Interpretations
  • General Provisions & Exemptions
  • Prohibitions & Non-Conforming Signs
  • Maintenance & Inspections
  • Specific Regulations & Schedules

Among the changes were updates to developer signage both on and offsite. See pg. 43 of the April 14th meeting agenda for the full report.


 

March 25, 2020 

See here for COVID 19 Information Updates


November 25, 2019

UPDATED: Tandem Parking Bylaw

The City of Maple Ridge is working on updating its tandem parking bylaw. Please see the link to the presentation from the UDI Maple Ridge Liaison committee meeting here. See the proposed amendments below:

  • Add the “Tandem Parking definition to the Zoning Bylaw definitions section
  • Amend RM-1 zone as follows
    • Limit a townhouse block to 6 units 45 meters (147.5ft) in length
    • Prohibiting two-car enclosed garages
    • Restricting the percentage of single-car tandem garages to 30%
  • Amend the Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw as follows
    • To provide a minimum driveway apron of 6m (20 ft.) in length by 3m (10ft.) in width for single-car tandem garages
    • To specify the minimum internal dimensions of a single-car tandem garage in the RM-1 zone as 3.8m (12.5 ft.) in width, 6.7m (22 ft.) in length, and 2.1m (6.9 ft.) in height
    • To specify the minimum internal dimensions of a double-car garage in the RM-1 zone as 6.5m (21.3 ft.) in width, 6.7m (22 ft.) in length, and 2.1m (6.9 ft.) in height

The draft bylaws will be reviewed and potentially revised based on feedback obtained, so please contact Michelle Baski with any questions or comments.  This feedback will be included in the report back to Council on Dec.10th, 2019.

 

UPDATED: Density Bonus Rates

At the last UDI Maple Ridge committee meeting on October 25th 2019, the City of Maple Ridge presented updates to draft Density Bonus regulations. Please see the presentation here. If you have questions regarding the proposed changes or would like additional information the staff contact will be Amanda Grochowich (604-463-5221).


 

September 30, 2019

Density Bonus Rate Consultation

Maple Ridge Council is exploring a set of revised density bonus regulations for new development from an earlier set of provisions approved in principle in 2018. The proposed regulations remove any optional requirements to provide below-market rental floor space in exchange for bonus density. Instead, the revised density bonus regulations now focus on an increased set of cash contribution rates which would be used to fund affordable rental housing projects. The proposal is on the agenda (p.237) for the regular Council meeting on October 1st. It will also be discussed in the next month’s Maple Ridge Development Liaison Committee meeting.

Please submit your response on the enclosed proposed density bonus requirements to Amanda Grochowich, Planner, City of Maple Ridge at 604-463-5221 agrochowich@mapleridge.ca by October 11, 2019.

If you have any other comments or concerns, please contact Richard Demkiw.


 

September 16, 2019

Tandem Parking Consultation

The City of Maple Ridge is contemplating restricting tandem parking in townhouse projects. They are proposing that only 30% of the units in each project be permitted to have tandem parking. Dimensions of the spaces are also specified. Two-car tandem parking garages will also not be permitted. The City is seeking comments by early October, as a report will be going to Council in November. UDI will be providing comments, as these type of restrictions on tandem parking add substantial costs for homebuyers. If you have any comments, please contact Cassandra McColman.


 

July 8, 2019

Zoning Bylaw Review

The City of Maple Ridge has been conducting a review of its Zoning Bylaw, which last received a major update in 1985. A report went to Council in the spring, and staff wrote a June 27, 2019 letter to UDI seeking input on the draft Bylaw and map by July 31. If you have projects in Maple Ridge, please review the draft documents and provide your comments and questions to Cassandra McColman by July 29, 2019.

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