The City of Burnaby has a comprehensive set of plans to guide future development throughout the city in conformance with the Official Community Plan. There's a framework for every town centre, urban village and community plan area in the city with detailed strategies for land use and development, transportation, infrastructure servicing and other related development issues. Plan areas also include suburban multi-family areas, mixed-use areas and park/conservation areas.
All community plans are based on detailed planning and land-use studies completed in conjunction with comprehensive public consultation with area property owners and residents. The plans are adopted by council as a policy guideline for considering specific rezoning and development applications. Over time, community plans and general land use designations may be changed or amended by council to serve the changing community and development needs.
Each of Burnaby's four town centres contributes to our increasing diversity and self-sufficiency by combining transportation and social infrastructure with residential and employment opportunities. They provide for higher density forms of housing in the city’s most urban settings.