Metro Vancouver Electoral Area
Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Regional District or GVRD) is a partnership of 22 municipalities, one electoral area, and one treaty First Nation. Metro Vancouver, as the regional government for 2.3 million people, has three major roles: providing core services/infrastructure to the region, such as drinking water, sewerage, drainage and solid waste management; planning and policy, including regional growth management, utilities, air quality and parks, Emergency Management; and a political forum for discussion of significant community issues at the regional level.
The Electoral Area comprises approximately 818 square kilometres of land, most of which is located in the northern part of the regional district. It also includes Barnston Island and the urban communities of University of British Columbia (UBC) and University Endowment Lands (UEL). As of 2011, the population of the Electoral Area was approximately 13,000, the majority of whom lived at UBC or UEL. The Electoral Area is represented on the Metro Vancouver Board by an elected Director. Maria Harris is the current Director of Electoral Area A and is chair of the Intergovernmental & Administration Electoral Area Sub-Committee.
In June 2010, responsibility for local land use planning at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus was transferred to the Province and UBC was given the ability to manage amendments to their Land Use Plan, subject to Ministerial approval. Metro Vancouver is required by legislation to provide Chief Planning Officer’s comments on UBC’s Regional Context Statements; acceptance of the Regional Context Statement is the responsibility of the Minister. For further information, contact Gary Paget at the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development at (250) 953-4129.