Facts in Focus Policy Series Facts in Focus Policy Series <div class="ExternalClass94B54A037C2F4595A1D5D9BF2B5DC5D6"> <p>Metro Vancouver’s Transportation Committee wanted to better understand the movement of goods in the region, which resulted in the policy document <a target="_blank" href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/MovingGoodsthroughMarinePortsinMV.pdf">Moving Goods through Marine Ports in Metro Vancouver</a>.</p> <p>This initiated the concept for the Facts in Focus series of policy backgrounders, which are intended to:</p> <ul> <li>Offer timely facts and information to help shape informed decisions related to regional planning matters.</li> <li>Provide input into regional planning and transportation policy analysis and formulation.</li> <li>Advance discussions and actions which are supportive of the Regional Growth Strategy <em>Metro 2040</em>.</li> <li>Build awareness of planning, land use and transportation issues of regional interest.</li> <li>Highlight Metro Vancouver’s role in regional planning and transportation issues.</li> <li>Support community engagement and education.</li></ul> <p>Facts in Focus documents will be presented to relevant Board standing committees, and will be available on our website. Some of the policy backgrounders planned for 2014-2015 include:</p> <ul> <li>Farming in Metro Vancouver.</li> <li>Financial Tools to Support Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing.</li> <li>Understanding the Housing and Transportation Cost Burden.</li> <li>Adapting to Climate Change through Land Use Planning.</li> <li>Trucking in Metro Vancouver.</li> <li>Alternative Port Facility Scenarios.</li> <li>Short Sea Shipping Opportunities.</li></ul></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/FactsFocus.png2014-09-01T07:00:00ZGP0|#a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4;L0|#0a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4|Issue 1;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass9FE38B6C80BA4032B90EDAE8B08E535E"> <p>Timely research and information are essential for Metro Vancouver to fulfill our <a target="_blank" href="/about/aboutuspublications/BoardStrategicPlan2012-2014.pdf">mission and three broad goals</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Deliver Core Services.</li> <li>Plan for the Future.</li> <li>Act as a Regional Forum.</li></ul> <p>This research and information allows the Board to have informed discussions on issues prior to making decisions, and to find effective and innovative ways to communicate and engage with our communities.</p></div>