Regional Planning

 We Work On

  • Putting Metro 2040 Into Action

    ​Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy, sets out land use policies to guide the future development of the region. Metro Vancouver provides research and policy analysis to support sound land use and transportation planning and advance regional goals. It also administers various aspects of Metro 2040, evaluating proposed amendments and regional context statements and monitoring progress.
  • Industrial Lands

    ​Pressures from the region’s real estate market are reducing our supply of industrial lands, which are needed to support a growing and diverse economy. Metro Vancouver works to preserve existing industrial lands and use them as efficiently as possible.
  • Agriculture & The Regional Food System

    ​Agriculture plays an essential role in our economy and local food supply. Metro Vancouver provides policy guidance to protect agricultural lands and ensure the viability of farming.
  • Conserving & Connecting Natural Areas

    ​Our natural environment provides us with essential services, like clean air and drinking water. Metro Vancouver provides information and policy guidance to protect ecosystems and connect natural areas.
  • Livable Urban Centres

    ​By concentrating growth, we can create vibrant areas with a range of services, housing types, jobs and amenities. Metro Vancouver works with municipalities and other partners to focus residential and employment growth in Urban Centres that are well serviced by transit.
  • Transportation & Land Use Co-ordination

    ​Metro Vancouver plays an important role in coordinating land use and transportation planning to support the development of compact, transit-oriented communities, sustainable transportation choices, and safe and efficient goods movement. Metro Vancouver works jointly with municipalities and TransLink on initiatives to implement Metro 2040.
  • Housing Affordability & Diversity

    ​The region faces an affordable housing shortage. The Regional Affordable Housing Strategy’s goals are to increase the supply of modest cost housing, end homelessness and meet the needs of low-income renters.
  • Electoral Area A

    Metro Vancouver acts as the local government for Electoral Area A. It provides services primarily related to land use planning, building and emergency planning and response, in addition to regional services.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Regional Growth Performance Monitoring Tool

    This online dashboard tracks progress toward the five goals set out in Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy.

  • Industrial Lands and the Economy

    ​Ongoing research explores how municipalities and industries can encourage more intensive use of the region’s limited supply of industrial lands.

  • Apartment Parking Study

    ​This comprehensive study identifies ways for municipalities and the development industry to better match apartment parking supply and demand close to frequent transit.