Maplewood Village Centre and area
Maplewood is envisioned as a complete and balanced community with thriving local jobs and businesses that reflect high environmental and aesthetic standards, complementing the community’s outstanding natural setting.
The village will include a variety of housing for all ages, incomes, and family circumstances, centred on a newly invigorated, walkable Maplewood Village Centre. Commercial streets will be lined with new retail businesses, and become a key focus of pedestrian activity.
The village will also provide convenient access to transit, and pedestrians will enjoy an extensive system of trails connecting the community to the Seymour River, to local parks, and to other key destinations.
News, events, highlights
January 9, 2018 — Public hearing
We held a public hearing to update the Official Community Plan (OCP) with the newly approved Maplewood Village policy and land uses.
Review the staff presentation and bylaw information from the hearing in the Documents tab.
November 6, 2017 — Maplewood Plan approved by Council
At their regular meeting, Council voted to approve the draft Maplewood Village Centre and Innovation District Implementation Plan & Design Guidelines.
This plan will lead to a compact, complete, connected and energy-efficient community that will provide residents with the opportunity to live, work, play, learn, and create within their community. View the complete Plan in the Documents tab.
The final Plan document is available in the Documents tab.
October 23, 2017 — Update to Council
Staff met with Council to inform them of the results of our June and July 2017 (Phase III) public engagement efforts, outline key components of the draft plan, and illustrate how the draft plan reflects the feedback we received through the public process.
View the staff presentation to Council and the staff report in the Documents tab.
June 26 - July 7, 2017 — Online consultation
For those people who did not attend the June 21, 2017 public open house, we made all of the open house materials and an online survey available on our website, so everyone could share their thoughts. We will report back on what we heard once the information has been compiled and reviewed.
June 21, 2017 — Public open house
We held a public open house for members of the public to come and see our emerging plan, and share their views
November 30, 2016 — Charrette report now available
Our full report from the community stakeholder design charrette we held on October 18 and 19 was made available to the public. It contains a complete record of the two-day charrette process, along with the outcomes. You can download a copy in the 'Policies, reports, public input' tab.
November 1-November 16, 2016 — Preliminary design ideas questionnaire
For those residents who were unable to attend our October 19 public open house — where we shared the preliminary design ideas from our intensive design workshop with the community and got everyone's feedback — we gathered feedback using an online questionnaire.
October 19, 2016 — Public open house
We held a public open house for members of the community to view the results of the October 18-19 community stakeholder group design charrette. You can view the materials from the open house in the Documents tab.
October 18-19, 2016 — Community stakeholder group design charrette
We held a two-day collaborative design workshop (called a charrette) with members of local community groups, non-profit organizations, and businesses, where we developed, discussed, and tested preliminary ideas for land use and network concepts for the Maplewood area.
Charrettes do not produce a final plan; they establish fundamental directions and early concepts for further development and refinement.
August 4, 2016 — Complete engagement summary now available
A summary report of everything that we heard during the community and stakeholder workshops and phone interviews conducted in May-July is now available in the Documents tab of this web page.
July 18, 2016 — Council update
Staff met with Council to update them on community and stakeholder engagement, ongoing technical reviews, and next steps for the planning process. You can view the staff report to Council, along with their presentation, in the Documents tab.
April 21, 2016 to May 6, 2016 — Online questionnaire
We made an online questionnaire available so people could share their ideas about the future of Maplewood. It included the information that we presented at the April 20 community workshop.
The questionnaire was available from Thursday, April 21 (the day after the workshop) until Friday, May 6.
April 20, 2016 — Community workshop
We held a public workshop to get the planning process started. Community members joined as at Kenneth Gordon School to share their ideas and help shape the future for the Maplewood area.
April, 2016 — Maplewood area planning process begins
Council directed staff to start a planning process for the Maplewood area. This includes Maplewood Village Centre, the light industrial and business area south of Dollarton Highway and the Maplewood North lands located east of the Village Centre.
We are currently gathering background and technical information to inform the design and planning process.
Details of the plan
About the Maplewood planning area
Maplewood is a unique place in the District, located close to the waterfront and diverse business and industry.
It has an outstanding natural environment and open spaces, including the Seymour River and various creeks, Burrard Inlet foreshore and mudflats, Maplewood Farm, Cutter Island Park, and the Windridge Escarpment.
The planning area for Maplewood includes:
- Maplewood North Lands — Largely undeveloped and currently identified as light industrial commercial in the OCP
- Dollarton Highway Light Industrial — Includes the light industrial /commercial areas along Dollarton Highway
- The Village Centre (east and west) — The east village area has significant potential for new residential, mixed use, or employment uses, but is also environmentally sensitive. The west village area has seen the most recent redevelopment.
Planning for these areas as one unit is important to create a complete community.
Maplewood and the Official Community Plan (OCP)
The Maplewood Village Centre Plan is a key part of implementing the Official Community Plan (OCP).
The OCP identifies a network of centres and four key growth areas. Plans for three of these four growth areas — Lynn Valley, Lions Gate, and Lynn Creek — are complete, as is a centre plan for Edgemont Village.
The Maplewood Village Centre Plan will set a long-term direction to manage and shape growth in this area. The OCP envisions the Village Centre to include 1,500 new homes and approximately 100,000 square feet of new commercial development over the next 20 years.
About the Implementation Plan
The Implementation Plan for the Maplewood Area and Village Centre will provide a detailed policy framework to guide future redevelopment and change that builds on the area's historic character and existing features.
The Plan will implement direction set in the OCP, and provide further direction and guidelines to shape the future on land use, housing choices, transportation, commercial and economic vitality, parks and open space, community amenities, and environmental management in the area.
Design guidelines will also be developed to provide architectural and streetscape design directions for redevelopment to promote high quality urban design and a community identity unique to Maplewood.
The process we'll follow to make the plan
We will follow a three-phase planning process, and there will be a number of opportunities for you to share your thoughts and ideas during this time.
Phase 1 — Opportunities, principles, and big ideas
We will establish direction for design by identifying guiding principles, opportunities, and constraints. Activities include a review of background information, technical reports, and a community workshop.
Phase 2 — Concept options development
We will develop conceptual designs based on the direction that was set in Phase 1. Concept options will include land use, mobility and open space network ideas, cross-sections of typical streets, diagrams, sketches and photos to illustrate the ideas.
Activities include a design charrette, followed by an interactive public open house where the ideas will be presented for feedback, with additional opportunities to comment via an online questionnaire.
Phase 3 — Policy and plan development
We will review the feedback about the concept options that we heard during the public open house and through the online questionnaire in Phase 2. We will then refine the concept options into a more detailed preferred option.
These options will be presented at a public open house and online for review, and further refined into an Implementation Plan for the Maplewood Area.
Documents (Studies, policies, Council reports)
Public safety studies and reports
- When the Ground Shakes: Earthquake risk in the District and what to do about it
- Update on planning and management practices associated with chemical hazard risk in Maplewood
- Maplewood Chemical Hazard DPA Preliminary Study
Final Plan document
- Review the complete Maplewood Village Centre Plan document (PDF; 25.9MB)
- View plan highlights on an interactive map
Council reports and presentations
January 9, 2018 — Public hearing for OCP bylaw amendments
November 6, 2017 — Plan approved by Council
- Staff presentation to Council (PDF; 4.8MB)
- Staff report with draft plan and recommendation (PDF; 71.5MB)
October 23, 2017 — Update to Council on public engagement
- Staff presentation to Council (PDF; 6.7MB)
- Staff report with engagement summary and draft plan (PDF; 58.7MB)
May 29, 2017 — Update to Council on Phase III
- Regular Council meeting staff report (starts on page 337)
January 31, 2017 — Update to Council on planned public engagement for Phase III
December 5, 2016 — Update to Council on Phase II stakeholder engagement
July 18, 2016 — Update to Council on Phase I public and stakeholder engagement
Open house materials
June 21, 2017 — Public open house
October 18 & 19, 2016 — Design charrette and public open house
We held a two-day design charrette for stakeholders, which ended with a public open house for the community.
April 20, 2016 — Community workshop
We held a public workshop to kick off the planning process. Community members joined us at Kenneth Gordon School to share their ideas and help shape the future of the Maplewood area.
August 4, 2016 — Phase I engagement summary
Review a summary of everything that we heard during the community and stakeholder workshops and phone interviews conducted in May-July of 2016.
- Download the engagement summary (PDF; 6.15MB)
These reports were commissioned to help inform the community plan:
- Maplewood Employment Lands Strategy (October, 2016)
- Maplewood Lands Environmental and Hydrogeological Assessment Report (October, 2016)
- Maplewood Village Flood Risk Management Strategy (September, 2016)
Development guidelines and policies
These documents guide development in the District of North Vancouver:
Previous plans and studies
These documents will also inform the Maplewood Village Plan:
Approximately 1,000 people live in Maplewood today in a mix of older, more affordable rental townhouses and low rise apartments, and a blend of old and new single family homes.
Area residents enjoy some commercial development along Old Dollarton Road and a recreation centre that is located nearby in the Seymour Area.
Maplewood’s business focus also continues today, with business parks that have developed along the new Dollarton Hwy. Over 220 businesses are located here, and contribute significantly to the Districts’s job base and economy. The area includes — and is bordered by — significant green spaces and ecological areas including Maplewood Farm, Maplewood Conservation Area, forested lands, creeks and wetlands.
What this means for the future
Historic and natural character, as well as other key features that distinguish this centre from other areas in the District will help inform the development of the design concept and implementation plan for the Maplewood Area and Village Centre Plan.