Alternative Proposal put forward by SmartCentres for the Albion Flats

At Council's June 4th Committee of the Whole Meeting, SmartCentres put forward a request to Mayor and Council to permit SmartCentres to work with District Staff and the Agricultural Land Commission on an alternative Plan for the Albion Flats that could provide a variety of benefits to the various stakeholders in the area. The key to the alternative Plan is an exchange of property between the District and SmartCentres and the corresponding relocation of the agricultural fairground facilities. SmartCentres proposes to exchange a portion of their land holdings north of 105th Avenue fronting Lougheed Hwy with the District's land west of Planet Ice.

We believe that by working with District Staff and other stakeholders in the area including the Agricultural Land Commission, neighbouring property owners, and fairground users that a Plan can be developed that satisfies all concerned parties and brings much needed shopping and services to Maple Ridge.

Please stay tuned as we move forward in working with the District and the Agricultural Land Commission to determine the feasibility of the proposed land exchange and our ability to provide a first class shopping centre in the very near future.

Upcoming Municipal Election!!

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Please visit the following link on behalf of Residents for Smart Shopping.

Great progress has occurred down in the Albion over the past 3 years and we are hopeful that the next Council will continue to push development forward down on the Flats.

We encourage all of you to get involved, join Residents for Smart Shopping, and most importantly, VOTE on November 19th.

A few important links:

www.residentsforsmartshopping.com
Email - residentsforsmartshopping@gmail.com
SmartCentres website - www.albionshopping.com



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Albion Landing Comprehensive Development Plan

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The Albion Flats represents a unique opportunity for the District of Maple Ridge to work with a variety of stakeholders to plan, develop, and implement a framework for the area. The overarching goal is to create a complete and sustainable community balancing economic viability and vitality, environmental enhancement, social equity, and cultural richness. The attached document serves as the basis of an overall development concept for the Albion Flats. The Plan takes into consideration comments from Maple Ridge residents in keeping with the objectives of the ALC and with respect to both site planning and design along with agricultural opportunities and economic incentives. The Plan presented is the beginning of a refinement process that will seek to bring together the various desires of the Maple Ridge community with the stakeholders and other government agencies to create a community based upon sustainable living, working, and playing in one complete neighborhood.

The document is a collaborative effort amongst several major landowners and developers in the Albion Flats to build upon the District's current planning work and offer further insight and expertise into the future of the Albion Flats.

Please click here to download the Albion Landing Comprehensive Development Plan. (PDF format)

Thank you

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Albion Plans - Comment Sheet

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After our many e-mails and updates over the past week, we wanted to thank all of you who came out last night to the Albion Flats Open House.

Over 200 people attended, many of whom were in support of the Albion Flats Concept Plan.

At the May 2nd Council Meeting, Council will discuss the results of the Open House and shortly thereafter, make a submission to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for comment.

If you weren't able to attend Wednesday's night's Open House or did not have time to fill out a comment sheet, please click here to download a copy.

Simply fill out the sheet and check YES next to - 'Are you supportive of the Draft Concept Plan?' Once completed, you can save the comment sheet as a word document and attach it to your email to: Planning Department at plan_enq@mapleridge.ca.

You can also drop off the comment sheet at the Planning Department Counter, Maple Ridge or fax it to: 604-466-4327.

We will keep you posted on the next steps.

Thank you.

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MEETING NOTICE!!!!!

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The District of Maple Ridge will be hosting a final PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING next Wednesday, March 30th on the draft Albion Flats Concept Plan. This will be your final opportunity to comment on the proposed Plan before it is sent to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for comment as early as May 2011.

Meeting details:
Date - Wednesday, March 30th
Time - 4pm - 8pm (drop-in)
Location - Maple Ridge Council Chambers, District Hall


I know that we have asked for your participation many times before, but this upcoming meeting will be CRITICAL to the future of both the Albion Flats and Maple Ridge. This is the last public information meeting before the pending application is sent off to the ALC.

Please spare 15 minutes of your time next Wednesday evening to come out to the District Hall, support the proposed Plan, and let both Council and District Staff know that you support a development plan for the ENTIRE Albion Flats. We believe that Maple Ridge needs more jobs, shopping options, and recreational lands. The only way that the District, landowners, and stakeholders such as SmartCentres can deliver this to YOU is by providing a large enough land area to deliver all of these much needed services.

Mayor, Council, and District Staff will be in attendance.

Show your support Maple Ridge!!!

For further information on the ongoing Albion Flats planning process, please click here.

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One Step Closer to Shopping in the Albion!

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On February 8th, Mayor and Council moved forward with the recommendation that only 2 concept plans be developed for the Albion Flats, both of which include development on either side of 105th Avenue. We believe that this is a positive step in the right direction for the Flats and more importantly, the future of Maple Ridge. By planning for the entire Albion versus a portion of the lands east of 105th Avenue, Mayor and Council have demonstrated that they are committed to creating a well developed, comprehensive land use plan that will provide the much needed services and shopping options that Maple Ridge residents have been wanting for many years now. We, as a company, are committed to working with Council and District Staff to do out part in developing a well-designed shopping centre with a mix of retail uses.

In the coming weeks, Council and District Staff will be working to refine the 3 concept plans that were prepared by their consultant, HB Lanarc, during the charette process. The final plans will then be put on display at an upcoming public open house (Date - TBD) for you to review and comment.

Once the public feedback has been considered, we anticipate that Mayor and Council will then be in a position to move forward with an exclusion application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). It is important to remember that before we can move forward with any municipal development permits for a new shopping centre, the District needs the approval of the ALC to have all the lands removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve. Stay tuned!!!!

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The Albion Flats: A Village Design Concept Presented By Residents For Smart Shopping.

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This past week, District Staff and their Consultant held an additional meeting for stakeholders and landowners that were not able to participate in the two day charette in October. The meeting was well attended. The consultant gave a presentation on the process to date and then the floor was opened up for questions and discussion. During this time, Residents for Smart Shopping formally presented two options that they had been working on since the previous charette that showed the vision of what the Resident's group wanted to see in the Albion. These two options were produced in consultation with the landowners west of 105 Avenue which includes SmartCentres.

Please click here to download the Residents for Smart Shopping Presentation.


The two options demonstrate that there are significant opportunities in the Albion by including development west of 105 Avenue. The Resident's vision is to create a complete community with a “pedestrian village” that is not a “Big Box” development resembling Meadowtown Centre. They feel that it is important to incorporate several public gathering spaces, to have significant green space and parks, to expand the trail network, to protect environmental areas, and most of all, to incorporate unique architecture making this area distinct and unique to Maple Ridge.

We agree with them 100%.

The proposed options represent accurrate, scaled versions of what this area could look like. If a version of these two options are supported by the community and by Council, it presents an opportunity for significant more shopping, an annual tax contribution of approximately $4M, and between 3,000-4,000 new jobs in retail, industry, office, and construction. This is very significant.

The consultant will now be finalising their Report to Council which will be expected early in the new year. In the mean time, please donwload the presentation package. If you like what you see, please make sure you let your Mayor and Council know. Lets make sure that the Albion Flats Concept plan does not miss this huge opportunity. Lets make sure its a plan for the ENTIRE Albion!

Thank you for your continued support and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

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Albion Flats Concept Plan Update

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Here is a quick update on the Albion Flats Concept Plan process. Some of you may have attended the charrette on the Albion or seen the media coverage.

Clearly, we were disappointed with the results. Of the 16 out of the 31 stakeholder groups who were able to participate in the two-day charrette, 7 participants were District of Maple Ridge Staff. Obviously, the greater Maple Ridge Community was not adequately represented and as landowners, we were only permitted to participate one hour each day of the charrette.

The current options do not reflect what we feel the majority of the community wants to see in the Albion but fortunately, the charrette is only one small step in the larger Albion Flats Concept Plan process. As a result of the strong criticism voiced to the Mayor and Council, another charrette will be held either during the evening or on a weekend to allow more people to attend. More on this to come.

This is our request.

Please take a few minutes and email Mayor Diana Hall and Council/District Staff your comments on the Albion. We have been assured that your comments will be given careful consideration.

If you have not already done so, please click here for the Community Workbook. Please make sure you complete the section titled 'ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT', pages 9 and 10 and attach it to your e-mail to Diana Hall. You are not obligated to complete the entire booklet.


Thank you for your patience. With your participation, we are slowly making progress toward making shopping in the Albion a reality.

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Albion Flats Community Forum Workbook

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Thank-you to everyone who attended the Community Forum on September 29th at The ACT regarding the Albion Flats Concept Plan. There was a strong turnout and great discussion over what the future land use (s) could be down on the Flats.

Many of you have asked if there is a comment sheet/workbook that you can fill out and send to the District as we understand that many of you cannot attend evening meetings.

Please click here to download the workbook that was distributed to all guests on Sept 29th. Please make sure you complete the section titled 'ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT', pages 9 and 10. You are not obligated to complete the entire booklet.

If you are supportive of commercial development and more specifically a new shopping centre on the Flats, please make sure that you fill out all 3 questions on pages 9 and 10 and indicate that you want a new retail development at 105th Avenue and Lougheed Hwy.

Once completed, you can save the booklet as a word document and attach it to your e-mail to Diana Hall at dhall@mapleridge.ca. You can also drop the booklet off at the District Hall to the attention of DIANA HALL.

The next important date to mark on your calendar will be OCTOBER 21st at which the District's consulting team will be presenting a draft concept plan for the Albion Flats.

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Community Forum - Wed, Sept 29th.

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Thank-you to everyone for coming out to our Supporter's Lunch on September 19th. We had a strong turnout with lots of discussion over the future of the Albion Area and the various possibilities for a new shopping centre at 105th Avenue and Lougheed Hwy.

As discussed, over the course of the next 3 months, it will be important for every Maple Ridge resident to GET INVOLVED and participate in the planning process. This is the time for you to speak up and let the District know that you want a new shopping centre in the Albion.

The District will be hosting a 'Community Forum' on Wednesday, September 29th from 5pm - 9pm at The ACT Theatre. This will be YOUR opportunity to comment on the planning process and let District planning staff and their consultants know that shopping needs to be a priority in Maple Ridge and the Albion area is the best location for these much-needed services. Please plan to join representatives from SmartCentres and participate in the process.

We encourage everyone to GET INVOLVED. We cannot do this on our own and need everyone's help.

By working together we can make shopping a priority as part of the Albion Flats Concept Plan.

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Let the Albion Planning Process Begin!

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Join us on Sunday, September 19th between 1 pm and 3pm at The Golden Ears Winter Club

On January 11, 2010, District Council directed that a concept plan be prepared for the Albion Flats. Since then, District Staff has been hard at work preparing all necessary background reports that will form the framework for the entire Albion Flats Concept Plan process. On August 26, Council was provided details on how the Concept Plan process will proceed in the coming months as well as how the Community can get involved to ensure you have a say in how this area could develop in the future. SmartCentres believes there is an opportunity for shopping in the Albion Plan.We need your help to communicate to District Staff and the Consultant that you too share this vision.

We thought it would be a good idea to invite everyone who wants more shopping in Maple Ridge to come out for a fun family event. SmartCentres representatives will be on hand to discuss the upcoming important dates as well as provide you information about how you can stay informed and make plans to participate.

Please plan to join us on September 19. Details are:

Date: Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Place: The Golden Ears Winter Club
23580 105 Avenue (adjacent Planet Ice)

We are looking forward to a very busy Fall. We need everyone’s participation and help to make this happen!

See you all on the 19th!

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We would like to build a new shopping centre to provide residents with a larger variety of stores and services in your local community

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Our new south Surrey development, Grandview Corners, is the most current example of the shopping experience our centres provide.

Great retailers. Great restaurants. Great design.

A number of national retailers including Home Depot, Future Shop, Winners, HomeSense, Reitman’s, and more, are interested in locating their stores in the Albion Flats. Please click here to read letters from retailers.

A future land use plan will be developed for the Albion Flats which will determine what development, if any, will be allowed in this area.

We would like to know what you think – what kind of stores and services would you like to see locally? In addition to retail, would you like to see other uses such as offices, residential or business park uses in the Albion Flats?

Please fill out the form below and email us your suggestions. We appreciate your community’s input.

Thank you

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