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RGS Goals and Strategies 

The Regional Growth Strategy is structured around 5 key goals that are outlined below. Each of the goals has several strategies and policies within it that give further detail of how these goals will be achieved and the actions expected of Metro Vancouver, member municipalities and other levels of government. From these goals also come the other key pieces of the Regional Growth Strategy, the Land Use Designations and Overlays.

Land Use Designations and Overlays are planning tools used in the Regional Growth Strategy which support the achievement of the plan’s goals and strategies. These designations and overlays guide future land use decisions. The intent statements below describe the purpose for each designation or overlay and the maps show their location on a parcel-basis.

Provided below is an overview of the Goals, Land Use Designations, Overlays and links to detailed parcel-based maps of the region. Please follow the links for the actual Regional Growth Strategy to see all the detail.

Goal 1 - Create Compact Community
Metro Vancouver’s growth is concentrated in compact communities with access to a range of housing choices, and close to employment, amenities and services. Compact transit-oriented development patterns help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and support both the efficient use of land and an efficient transportation network.
Goal 2 - Support A Sustainable Economy
The land base and transportation systems required to nurture a healthy business sector are protected and supported. This includes supporting regional employment and economic growth. Industrial and agricultural land is protected and commerce flourishes in Urban Centres throughout the region.
Goal 3 - Protect the Region’s Environment and Respond to Climate Change
Metro Vancouver’s vital ecosystems continue to provide the essentials of life – clean air, water and food. A connected network of habitats is maintained for a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Protected natural areas provide residents and visitors with diverse recreational opportunities. Strategies also help Metro Vancouver and member municipalities meet their greenhouse gas emission targets, and prepare for, and mitigate risks from, climate change and natural hazards.
Goal 4 - Develop Complete Communities
Metro Vancouver is a region of communities with a diverse range of housing choices suitable for residents at any stage of their lives. The distribution of employment and access to services and amenities builds complete communities throughout the region. Complete communities are designed to support walking, cycling and transit, and to foster healthy lifestyles.
Goal 5
Metro Vancouver’s compact, transit-oriented urban form supports a range of sustainable transportation choices. This pattern of development expands the opportunities for transit, multiple-occupancy vehicles, cycling and walking, encourages active lifestyles and reduces energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, household expenditure on transportation, and improves air quality. The region’s road, transit, rail and waterway networks play a vital role in serving and shaping regional development, providing linkages among the region’s communities and providing vital goods movement networks.