The Town Centre area is expected to grow by close to 14,700 people over the next decade, which is 50% of the total expected population increase for all of Maple Ridge to 2021. Such an increase in residential growth will in turn generate a greater demand for commercial activity for this area. The Town Centre Area Plan was adopted in November 2008 and focuses on accommodating this growth in a sustainable manner, that includes pedestrian-oriented development, a bicycle friendly community and Development Permit Guidelines that include green building techniques.
Emphasizing that the downtown has a high capacity for accommodating residential growth, the Town Centre Area Plan was based on the background work of the Town Centre Concept Plan. This document was produced with extensive community consultation and collaboration with outside agencies who participated in Smart Growth on the Ground. Maple Ridge was the first British Columbia community to take part in this collaboration, which strives for future development to provide options for the car, to work in harmony with nature, resulting in buildings that are "greener and smarter," housing that serves many needs, jobs that are close to home and an attractive, vibrant town core.