LAND USE SPECULATION DISCLAIMER
The land use designations and Land Use Designation Map shows the types and locations of land uses that will be encouraged over the next 25 years.
The OCP, including the Land Use Designation Map, does not create development rights. Development rights are determined by the Zoning Bylaw. If the land use allowed in the Zoning Bylaw is different than the land use envisioned in the OCP, an applicant may apply for a rezoning in order to change the development rights regarding land use and density. A rezoning entails a formal public process and the final decision is made by Council. Council is under no obligation to approve a rezoning, even if it is consistent with the OCP. The City of New Westminster cautions against speculation based on anticipating Council’s decisions.
Applicants should also be aware of the development costs associated with rezoning, such as development cost charges, parkland dedication, and the construction of new or upgraded services. Click here to learn more about the tools the City uses for Financing Growth.