Mission, BC—District of Mission Council has approved an amendment to Mission’s Official Community Plan that defines the waterfront comprehensive planning area—a first step that will lead to future area planning guided by input from residents, landowners, businesses and community stakeholders.
“Mission is defined by its waterfront and this inclusion of the Waterfront Comprehensive Planning Area designation in our Official Community Plan is historic,” said Mayor Pam Alexis. “This step shows how we are making meaningful progress on one of Mission’s key priorities. When the land use planning starts, we want to see a public consultation process happen where everyone helps define the “big picture” of this defining area. We have a remarkable opportunity here, and this is our time to shape the future of our community together.”
Revitalizing Mission’s waterfront has been identified as a priority in the Official Community Plan bylaw with conceptual plans dating back to 1992. By identifying these lands for future planning, Mission initiates the first steps to the revitalization of these lands that will reflect community attributes most valued by residents, such as waterfront access, recreation opportunities, and the creation of local jobs.
“Developing the waterfront presents many technical challenges, such as flood protection, contaminated land, and water and sewer servicing. This is why we need to work together,” said Mayor Alexis. “A clear plan reduces financial, public safety and environmental risks that could come back to the taxpayer if these challenges are not fully considered across the entire waterfront area. A plan will create the certainty we need to move forward sustainably and collaboratively.”
The Official Community Plan is a living document that sets out the long-term vision for Mission’s neighbourhoods and provides clear direction on how the District will manage change as it grows now and into the future. The Waterfront Comprehensive Planning Area includes almost 300 acres of land and will guide a future for the waterfront that presents a vibrant new destination that is complete, walkable and reconnects Mission to its waterfront.
The third and final reading of a bylaw to add the Waterfront Comprehensive Planning Area designation to the Official Community Plan Bylaw took place at a Special Council Meeting on September 21.
Learn more about the vision for the Mission Waterfront and progress to date in this video:
Follow missionwaterfront.ca to learn more about the waterfront revitalization initiative, the work that’s been done to date, and next steps to advance this initiative.
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