View of river at East Fraser Lands

East Fraser Lands (River District)

We're developing a new sustainable, complete community at East Fraser Lands (EFL). The plan calls for a mainly residential community with a variety of housing types and a commercial centre.

While the site was previously home to the Canadian White Pine, Wesgroup Properties (formerly Parklane Homes) now owns the majority of the land.

A complete community

Over 25 years the community will include:

  • Parks
  • A community centre
  • Schools
  • Childcare facilities
  • A riverfront walk
  • Other public amenities

What's happening

Public hearing scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 6 pm

This public hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, "Local Government Meetings and By-law Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3 "

You may attend at City Hall to hear and watch the meeting proceedings, but we strongly urge you to listen and watch the proceedings on our website or follow us on Twitter @VanCityClerk.

  Due to COVID-19, it is recommended that speakers participate by telephone or provide written submissions; however, space will be made available at City Hall to accommodate those who are unable to participate by telephone. Protective masks are recommended.

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Proposed changes to 3350 Marine Way and 3635 Sawmill Crescent

As part of the EFL Official Development Plan (ODP) 10-year review, changes to 3350 Marine Way (Parcel 14) and 3565 Sawmill Crescent (Parcel 19) are proposed. The changes are being considered by Council ahead of the comprehensive EFL ODP 10-year review package of amendments to allow for much needed rental housing to be developed in the near term.

The proposed amendments to the EFL ODP and CD-1 (566) for the Town Square precinct will allow for the following:

  • Secured market rental housing and retail uses on Parcels 14 and 19
  • Increased floor area by 1,858 square metres (20,000 square feet) to permit a community energy centre on Parcel 19
  • Move the 49-space childcare centre from Parcel 19 to an alternative location on East Fraser Lands

If referred, the proposed changes will be considered by Council at a future Public Hearing. Refer back for updated information on scheduling.

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Area map

There are 126 acres of industrial land south of Marine Way and east of Kerr Street to Boundary Road.

Development progress

Area 1, Area 2, and Kerr Street were rezoned in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Since then a number of development parcels have been completed, are under construction, or are in the design process. The map below highlights development progress to date. View the map in full size (604 KB)

Find information on current development applications and Development Permit Board reports.

Additional information

Past updates

View updates on the development of East Fraser Lands (River District) from 2004 until now.

Documents and policies

View the policies, guidelines, and Council minutes that have shaped East Fraser Lands (River District).

Related projects


Here is our process and anticipated milestones for the EFL ODP 10-year review planning program.

  • 2016-2017

    Scoping phase

  • June 2017

    Report to Council

  • Summer 2017

    Phase 1: Establish planning program

  • Fall 2017

    Phase 2: Develop options to address challenges

  • Winter 2017/2018

    Phase 3: Refine concepts for EFL

  • Early Spring 2018

    Phase 3: Confirm preferred concept + proposed ODP amendments

  • Spring 2018

    Finalize interim ODP amendments and amendments to CD-1 Bylaws and Design Guidelines for a new, larger community centre site + affordable housing

  • Summer/Fall 2018

    Council consideration of amendments: referral and Public Hearing

  • We are here
  • Fall 2019

    Finalize broader ODP amendments

  • Winter 2020

    Council consideration of amendments: referral and public hearing