Frequently Asked Questions

Master Plan & Process

How does this Master Plan relate to the Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) and Land Use Plan (LUP)?

The Comprehensive Community Plan is the guiding document for every aspect of our community, from health and safety, to self-governance and financial self-sufficiency, and it sets some broad principles for how we could develop the land at Musqueam Reserve.

This Master Plan is actually an extension of the CCP and is guided by the priorities identified in the CCP. The Master Plan will lay out specifically what type of development should go where, such as housing, retail, recreation, and what other parts of our land should be preserved, protected, or used for recreation or economic development. You can help make those decisions, and we need your voice in this process.

The Land Use Plan (December 2014) is one component of the CCP that establishes a direction for future land development, guidelines for managing development, and a process and framework for making more specific development decisions.It includes land use designations for our main reserve (IR2) as well as two smaller reserves (IR3 and IR4). It outlines the process by which any development recommended by this Master Plan process will be approved.

This Master Plan is the next step in creating a physical vision for IR2. It will take the community’s ideas for physical design, in keeping with the guiding vision of the CCP and the land use designations and standards of the Land Use Plan, to create the next level of detail for the future of IR2.

What happens next?

The Master Plan determines what land is to be developed, and what type of development happens where. During the Charrette, community members will be invited to come to the community centre to interact with consultants who will be drawing out design concepts for the Master Plan live and in-person! The project team will then take everything they have heard and consolidate it into a Master Plan for the community’s review. The Master Plan will also be reviewed by the various MIB Admin departments and committees, and then be brought forward to Chief and Council with recommendations. The goal is to have this Master Plan adopted in 2022. 

After the Master Plan is adopted, more refined plans for each parcel/lot need to be developed on a phase by phase basis. This will take place according to the process laid out in the Land Use Plan.

Additional community consultation regarding the actual buildings to be built will take place before each building project is approved. This can take months or even years. The first construction will likely not begin until 2023, and will take at least a year to complete (depending on what the building is). This means that no new housing or buildings that are part of this plan will be ready until at least 2024 or 2025.

Tell me more about the logo and colours used for this Master Plan.

The icon of the MIB Master Plan is derived from the CCP logo to show the connection of the MIB Master Plan to the CCP. The MIB Master Plan is rooted in the CCP; it takes the guiding ideals and principles for the ways that MIB’s community growth can unfold and puts it into a master plan for future execution.

Musqueam Logo

Musqueam logo and phrase

The colours of the MIB Master Plan are based on

Sunsets and Sunrises

sunrise colour
The oranges and yellows against a purple background is familiar sight for many and are specific to the IR2 Master Planning Project and branding. These colours could be combined with earth-tones for a background palette.A specific, nature-based palette mentioned by a number of Musqueam Community members was that of the sunset or sunrise. From their current location on the river bank, Musqueam has a clear view of both the ascent and descent of the sun. A Design Advisory Panel for the Musqueam Community Rental Complex on IR2, which consisted of members both living on and off-reserve, spoke of the beautiful sunsets they have seen in Musqueam.


Earth Tones

main turquois colour

Musqueam respects the environment and land, and is best depicted with tones of red-browns of cedar trees, darker earth tones of sage, mossy greens of the forest. These colours surround the Musqueam territory and can be used for background and base color palettes.


earth colour

tǝmǝɬ is an earthy red colour made using ochre clay. It has been used to create red paints and dyes, which are then used in a variety of applications such as paint for masks or dye for blankets. The color palette of tǝmǝɬ, black and white are very traditional to culture and used in a variety of artistic and ceremonial applications including painting, canoes, and in cultural ceremonies.

tǝmǝɬ, Black and White

These colors are suitable for language and cultural references, teachings, community outreach and meetings.


I’m already on the reserve (or off the reserve), and I’m happy where I am. Why should I care?

If you are happy where you are, that’s great, and we’re happy for you! But we have hundreds of Musqueam members who are struggling with living away from their family and community. We need to provide options for those families to live here if they want to. As you know, it’s part of our values to take care of each other, and the ones who come after us.

The other reason it’s important is that how the land gets developed can impact our shared wealth as a community. One of the important questions we need to discuss is how much, if any, of the reserve land should be used to generate income for our Musqueam people now and in the future.