OUR CITY 2041: New Westminster's Official Community Plan Update

The Official Community Plan (OCP) is our long-term vision for the future of the City of New Westminster. Your input is instrumental in shaping our future. Get involved today!

Infill Housing Update

Staff has prepared a revised design guidelines and zoning regulations for laneway and carriage house and for townhouses and rowhouses. This draft material was presented to Council at an Open Workshop on March 27, 2017. Revisions will be made based on the direction received from Council. 

Draft Laneway and Carriage House Development Permit Area (March 2017)
Draft Laneway and Carriage House Zoning Regulations (March 2017)

Draft Townhouse and Rowhouse Development Permit Area (March 2017)
Draft Townhouse and Rowhouse Zoning Regulations (March 2017)

Infill Housing Update Report to Council (March 27, 2017)

Want to Learn More? Come Talk to Us! 

All of the time slots available are now full. We will be hosting additional 15 minute, one-on-one meetings in the summer. Check back here soon for dates and times!

The purpose of the one-on-one appointments is to discuss how the laneway and carriage house design guidelines and zoning regulations would apply to a property. We are not able to give definitive answers about what can or cannot be built, but we are able to raise concerns or opportunities based on the site size and shape of your property, and the placement of your existing house.

Let us know if you are interested in signing up for a future one-on-one session by contacting Janet by email at or by phone at 604-515-3767. 


On April 10, 2017 staff presented the first draft of the Development Permit Areas and associated design guidelines to Council.  

The Development Permit Areas will assist with the implementation of the OCP. The DPAs would shape the form and character of new development, protect development from hazardous conditions, and encourage best practices for promoting water and energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Click here to view the draft Development Permit Areas (March 2017).

See Your Plan for OUR City

The draft Official Community Plan is here! The Plan provides a renewed vision to the year 2041 and the framework to guide the future growth toward achieving the vision. 

The draft Plan includes a revised Future Land Use Map that shows the types and locations of land uses that will be encouraged over the next 25 years.

Open House Materials

Open Houses and Online Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended one the open houses or completed the online survey! We are now reviewing all of the feedback you provided. 

Council Report and Draft Official Community Plan


The OCP articulates an evolving vision for New Westminster and informs the regulatory framework that guides our growth toward that goal. It outlines policies on housing, parks and recreation, culture, heritage, energy, utility services, transportation, well-being, hazards, economy and environment.The OCP also includes a Land Use Designation Map indicating designations that determine future development and re-development plans within the City.


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Phone: 604-527-4532

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