OCP Implementation Projects

A number of major projects will be conducted over the next five years that will implement the actions and policies in the OCP. Key implementation projects that are planned or underway are described below.
  • Bent Court is envisioned as a mixed use, mixed density area where heritage features and character streetscapes are preserved as part of future redevelopment. The area is designated as a Study Area in the OCP because of this unique context. Conducting a detailed study presents an opportunity to create and explore scenarios that would achieve both aspects of this vision: bringing together old and new.

    As part of our OCP implementation plan, the City will study the area in order to create a Master Plan. The goal for the Plan is to identify heritage and streetscape retention requirements, set a high standard for design, and determine potential development patterns for the area as a whole. Appropriate tools to carry out the Plan may include Heritage Revitalization Agreements or a density transfer program. Other provisions, which would be explored through the study, may include more flexible parking requirements, removing the requirement for commercial space in the area, or the sale of City owned rights of way.

    The Master Plan must be created for the area as a whole. The Plan would need to be completed prior to any rezoning or Heritage Revitalization Agreement for individual or groups of properties.

    While the City anticipates conducting this study and creating the Master Plan, this work has not yet begun. There is an opportunity to advance the work in the short term — should there be an inclined partner in the development community that has an interest in the majority of the Bent Court properties. In this scenario, the project would be initiated and largely led by a developer. However, the City would be heavily involved in the process, to ensure the opportunities for all property owners are considered, regardless of whether they are represented by that developer group. Additionally, the proposed Plan would need to reflect the City’s policies and objectives. The final Master Plan would be subject to Council approval.

    Once the Study commences, the City would work closely with property owners and community members through a number of consultation opportunities, such as community meetings. Updates will also be posted on this website.

    Any interested partner in the development community should review the Bent Court Master Plan Preliminary Terms of Reference. For further information, please contact the City of New Westminster Planning Division at 604‐527‐4532 or .

  • Lower Twelfth and Sharpe Street are designated as a Study Area in the OCP because of the unique mix of uses in both areas. In the future, these areas are envisioned to provide a non-traditional mix of uses including ultra-light industrial, residential, retail and service commercial within individual buildings and projects. Reaching this vision requires the City to develop a Master Plan, including guidelines and a strategy for appropriately transitioning the mix of uses, location of uses and general expected densities in the area. Further, this Master Plan will explore adaptive reuse of existing heritage buildings and the provision of affordable ‘maker spaces’.

    Once the Study commences, the City would work closely with property owners and community members through a number of consultation opportunities, such as community meetings.

    Catalyst projects may be considered in advance of the Master Plan if the project meets the objectives of the area and sets a high standard for design and development patterns. Other catalyst projects in the area that strongly support other City priorities may also be considered.