Metro Vancouver held a series of regional dialogues this month as part of its work to update Metro 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy.
Metro 2040 is the regional federation’s collective plan for managing growth in the region – including containing and focusing growth, and protecting important lands like agricultural, environmental and industrial lands.
This update to the regional growth strategy, referred to as Metro 2050, will make it more effective and resilient to change. It will also do more to consider social equity and climate change in our communities, align with TransLink’s regional transportation plan also being updated, and do more to better protect the environment and address the affordable housing challenge facing our region.
The dialogues featured four topics: healthy, complete communities and greenspaces, affordable housing in transit corridors, integrating growth, land use and transportation, and employment growth near transportation.
In Metro Vancouver, it is imperative to consider regional land use, housing and transportation plans and policies in harmony with one another, given the region’s constrained land base and growing population.
Since the 1960s, Metro Vancouver has worked in collaboration with its member jurisdictions to develop a series of long range plans that set a shared vision and encourage local governments to collectively work toward it.
This is vital for protecting the environment and Metro Vancouver’s quality of life, especially in the face of challenges like population growth, aging infrastructure, rapid technological advancements and climate change.