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! 

Staff are available for 15 minute, one-on-one appointments to discuss how the laneway and carriage house design guidelines and zoning regulations would apply on your property.

We would not be able to give definitive answers about what can or cannot be built, but we would be able to raise concerns or opportunities based on the site size and shape of your property, and the placement of your existing house.

Meetings will be held at City Hall, downstairs in the Planning Department:

Wednesday, April 19 
between 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Monday April 24
between 5:00pm - 7:00pm

To book your spot, contact Janet at 604-515-3767 or

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 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. 

Open House Materials


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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