Planning & Development Services provides a range of services relating to land development as directed by the Official Community Plan (OCP) and Council’s Strategic Plan. This department strives to build a community that is sustainable, connects people through public spaces, develops neighbourhoods that foster our small town character and achieves a sense of connection. It also works to integrate environmental protection into planning, to ensure the City is not only compliant, but also a municipal leader.


  • Planning
  • Building and Licensing
  • Bylaw Enforcement

Key Responsibilities

  • Short and long-term community planning.
  • Processing development applications including zoning amendments (rezoning), subdivision,  OCP amendments, strata title conversion, development and variance permits.
  • Building permitting and inspection services.
  • Licensing for businesses and dogs.
  • Bylaw enforcement and community outreach.
  • Environmental stewardship and protection of natural assets.

Learn more about this department's leadership:

Patrick Ward – Director of Planning & Development

Headshot of Patrick Ward

Patrick leads the Planning and Development Department, which is responsible for agricultural, community, and environmental planning, economic development, permitting and licensing, and bylaw enforcement. He oversees a range of planning and development initiatives, guided by the City’s Strategic Plan and other Council-approved plans and strategies.

Prior to joining the City of Pitt Meadows, Patrick has worked for the City of Maple Ridge and Township of Langley in a variety of community and strategic planning functions. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours Planning) from the University of Waterloo, a Master’s of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University, and a Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership from Royal Roads University. Patrick is also a Registered Professional Planner with the Planning Institute of BC and Canadian Institute of Planners.

Patrick lives in Langley with his wife and two young children. When not at the office, he enjoys camping, skiing, and hiking, and spending time relaxing with family and friends.  

“I am delighted to be part of a team that takes such pride in supporting the development of a complete and inclusive community. Pitt Meadows is an incredible place that uniquely combines a small-town feel with stunning natural and agriculture areas" - Patrick Ward

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