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Metrotown Downtown Plan

Metrotown Development Plan Update

Metrotown Downtown Plan

The Metrotown Downtown Plan was adopted by Council on July 24, 2017. The Plan provides the opportunity to create a true downtown for Burnaby; one that enables the highest order of land use and development supported by social, recreation, entertainment, and cultural amenities important to all of Burnaby’s residents, businesses and employees.

Community Planning Process

The first phase of the planning process to update the 1977 Metrotown Development Plan commenced with the adoption of a Council report on May 9, 2016. The report outlined the preliminary vision, principles, and land use framework to be used as a basis for public input. The first phase of the public input process was undertaken between May 28, 2016 and August 31, 2016. During this time, staff consulted with over 1,800 people and received over 200 public input surveys.

The second phase of this planning process commenced with the adoption of the Council Report on November 21, 2016. The report summarized the input from the first phase; and provided the draft Metrotown Downtown Plan as a basis to receive further public input; and, outlined the next steps in the Plan update process. This second phase of the public input process took place between November 22, 2016 and February 1, 2017. During this time, staff consulted with over 200 people, hosted 7 public events, and received 74 public input surveys.

In total, the City hosted and attended over 40 stakeholder meetings and community events, directly engaging over 2,000 people in the process.

The final phase of the community planning process was the adoption of the Metrotown Downtown Plan by Council at their meeting of July 24, 2017.

What is a Community Plan?

This Plan falls under the Community Plans category within Burnaby’s planning framework. The City of Burnaby has a comprehensive set of Community Plans that provide policy directions to guide future development, growth, and change throughout the City, in alignment with the Regional Growth Strategy, the Official Community Plan and other City-wide strategies and policies.