The North Lougheed Study Area (NLSA) is located on the north side of the Lougheed Highway between Meadows Gardens Golf Course and Harris Road. Development of the NLSA has been a topic of discussion with Pitt Meadows City Council since the mid-eighties. This area is currently a mix of agricultural land and commercial use.  

Developing the NLSA has many benefits to both Pitt Meadows and the farming community.  It would allow for the construction of the North Lougheed Connector (NLC) which will significantly alleviate traffic congestion on Old Dewdney Trunk Road and the Lougheed Highway leading to Harris Road. It would also provide a secondary corridor to north east Maple Ridge.

Other benefits include:

  • Traffic calming along Old Dewdney Trunk Road would also make it safer for slower moving farm vehicles and machinery;
  • More people would benefit from the close proximity to the new B-Line and access to transit;
  • The potential to include mixed-use residential;
  • Property taxes will be spread among a greater range of land uses; and
  • Enhancing economic development with more space for viable local businesses and sustainable jobs.

In 2011, a land use concept was drafted to develop the NLSA with mixed employment and retail-commercial with the concept that developers would pay for the construction of the NLC. Both in 2011 and today, the NLC was identified as a way to support agriculture in Pitt Meadows.

Since then, studies have shown that there is no longer a demand for retail-commercial space. Therefore, a revised land use concept is required to meet community and regional needs.

On November 13, 2018, Council directed staff to re-examine the land use plan and to make recommendations on moving forward with the North Lougheed Study Area.

A scoping report was presented to Council on May 28, 2019 describing the recommended timeline for engaging the public and other stakeholders, updating technical studies and revising the land use plan.

Council is committed to engaging with the community and moving forward in a transparent way. Staff has been analysing feedback already received on this project. Public consultation will occur throughout the process combined with feedback from the Official Community Plan (OCP) update now underway.

Engagement Events and Opportunities

North Lougheed Study Area Public Engagement - Phase 1
Throughout the summer of 2019, the City is seeking community feedback regarding the NLSA in order to develop a revised land use concept that better meets community needs. Stop by our pop-up engagement events to share your thoughts and get an update on next steps.

Upcoming events:

  • Saturday, July 6, from 8-11am at the Silver Bridge Parking Lot on Harris Road on the south side of the Alouette River (weather dependent);
  • Thursday, July 18, from 3-6:30pm at the Family Rec Centre; and
  • Sunday, July 28, from 3-7pm at the Family Rec Centre.

Can't make it to  our events? Join the connverstation by participating in our online survey. 

Online OCP Discussion Papers & Surveys
As part of the ongoing OCP Update, a series of discussion papers and surveys have been posted online. From agriculture to commercial/industrial lands and employment, learn about current trends and initiatives, as well as challenges and opportunities we face. Review the online discussion papers and take a short survey to have your say! Visit pittmeadows.ca/OCPpapers.

Stay tuned for more information, updates and opportunities to provide input.

Recent Reports:

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of developing the NLSA?

Developing the NLSA has many benefits to both Pitt Meadows and the farming community.  It would allow for the construction of the North Lougheed Connector (NLC) which will significantly alleviate traffic congestion on Old Dewdney Trunk Road and the Lougheed Highway leading to Harris Road. It would also provide a secondary corridor to North East Maple Ridge.

Other benefits include:

  • Traffic calming along Old Dewdney Trunk Road would also make it safer for slower moving farm vehicles and machinery;
  • More people would benefit from the close proximity to the new B-Line and access to transit;
  • The potential to include mixed-use residential;
  • Property taxes will be spread among a greater range of land uses; and
  • More space for viable local businesses and sustainable jobs.
What is the difference between this proposed revision to the land use concept and the previous one that was approved by the ALC?

The previous concept was centered on retail-commercial and mixed employment. A recent commercial and industrial land study commissioned by the City indicated that the market has changed significantly and there is no longer a need for retail-commercial space primarily resulting from the introduction of the on-line retail sales market. Therefore, a revised land use concept is required to meet community and regional needs. The revised concept will be developed with input from technical studies, stakeholders and the public.

Further, the previous iteration of the City’s land use concept was prepared with limited background research. Additional comprehensive technical studies will ensure that the best-possible land use concept is created and the City is doing its due diligence. 

The City is committed to developing a well-thought out land use concept that is viable, responsible and addresses challenges facing our agricultural families and serves the entire community for generations to come.

Staff will continue to work with the ALC as the City refines its application. The City will produce a Business Case that is reflective of the increased traffic generated by the removal of Golden Ears Bridge tolls; regional population growth, traffic generated in relation  to the Golden Ears Business Park phases 3 & 4 development, as well rejuvenation of the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.

What will it cost the City to present a NLSA land use concept and Business Case to the ALC?

Council has approved a budget of up to $80,000 in 2019 to perform technical studies and public engagement to support the ALC application scheduled to be submitted in December, 2019. 

The intention is that the remaining costs to obtain the information required for the technical, environmental, archeological studies would be primarily borne from the benefitting land owners and developers.

City staff will identify development options that will cover the costs for the NLC and costs to provide other community benefits.

Project timeline
The goal is to prepare a land use concept and Business Case for submission to the ALC by the end of 2019. This land use concept will be informed by feedback from the public and other stakeholders

If approved by the ALC, the City will apply to Metro Vancouver to update the Regional Growth Strategy in 2020. This is a necessary step before the City can begin to develop design guidelines and other development guidance tools to ensure development of the area is done to the highest standards and reflects the community’s values and vision for the area.

Will there be opportunities for community input?

Yes. Staff have already been listening to and collecting public feedback as part of the ongoing OCP update and at community events and on haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca. There will be additional opportunities for public feedback through the summer and fall of 2019.

What is a scoping report?

A scoping report looks at the budget, timelines and outlines project scope in detail. It also ensures that staff adequately assesses the scale of a project and clearly defines project parameters. The project scope is approved by Council and provides staff direction to start work.

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