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Development and Planning

Our approach to land use planning and development focuses on cultural, social, environmental, and economic sustainability, so that current and future residents benefit from positive change while knowing the feel of our community – cohesive, welcoming, unique – remains the same. 

Our values are reflected in our development application process, which includes careful consideration by City staff, the Advisory Design Panel, Land Use Committee, and Council, and in the tools we use to achieve sustainable development projects (Sustainability Report Card), and sustainable building design (Energy Performance Design Guidelines). 

Port Moody has a beautiful natural environment. This means extra precautions must be taken to develop with care around Environmentally Sensitive Areas and to manage wildlife interactions.

Our long-term vision and values are communicated in our Official Community Plan. It's a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, and it includes development permit area guidelines that set out parameters for new development. Our Zoning Bylaw regulates how land, buildings, and other structures may be used in our city.

Development applications

You may be required to submit a development application for your next project (in addition to a building permit), depending on the scale of the project and the location of the property.

As part of development project applications that require rezoning, applicants are expected to conduct energy modelling and provide a statement to the City that their proposed design is able to meet the requirements of Energy Step Code that will be in place at the time of their application.

Development Growth Projections

From time to time, the City reviews growth scenario’s for the long term by estimating potential buildout overtime. This table is a summary of recently approved applications, proposals currently in the pipeline for Council consideration as well as areas slated for development in the next 10 - 30 years. These number provide a tentative indication of what the population growth might be under the assumption that current development applications would all be approved and constructed by 2050.

As the City grows so does the demand for city facilities and services. This increase in demand is expected to be combined with changes to the type of services desired and changes to how existing buildings and facilities are needed. As part of the City’s growth impact review efforts this table explores what type of facilities may be needed in the long run and what the tentative cost may be, assuming new services require new buildings / building expansions. The table explores different levels of population growth by 2041 with the actual future growth still unknown and dependent on a range of factors including Council approvals of projects; wider economic trends regionally, nationally; real estate market fluctuations; and, demographic trends.

A population and demographic analysis was completed in 2019, based on a 20+ year growth projection to plan for the replacement of Kyle Centre. This analysis looks at population increase, changing demographics, and recreation trends and aligns this information with the amenities to consider in a replacement Kyle Centre.

Current development applications 
 Explore current development applications that are at various stages of the review process.
Development permit guidelines 
The Official Community Plan includes specific development permit area guidelines for different areas of the city. 
Heritage conservation
The City uses a number of mechanisms to encourage the preservation and retention of heritage buildings
Planning notices 

View planning notices for current development applications that are going to Public Hearing or are at the public input stage.

Building Permits 

Review the different types of building permits that may be required for your project.