The five year anniversary of the Metro Vancouver Board's adoption of Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future (Metro 2040), the regional growth strategy, was this past summer (July 29, 2016). Metro 2040 sets out the collaborative vision for how our region will accommodate and shape anticipated long-term growth in a way that advances livability, protects important industrial, agricultural, and conservation lands, supports a diverse economy and supports the efficient and affordable provision of infrastructure such as transit and utilities.
The Local Government Act requires that: "at least every 5 years, a regional district that has an adopted regional growth strategy must consider whether the regional growth strategy must be reviewed for possible amendment".
As part of this process, affected local governments are given an opportunity to comment on whether a review is necessary, and if so, what the desired scope of that review / amendment might include. In August and September 2016, Metro Vancouver sent notification letters to affected local governments, municipalities, school districts, First Nations, and other agencies and organizations. Metro Vancouver requested comments by October 26, 2016. Responses have been received from a number of municipalities, both via Council resolution and staff comment, and from other organizations.
In considering whether an amendment is required to the regional growth strategy, one of the requirements is to hold a Regional Planning Committee meeting that is open to the public where consideration of the review is being discussed. This requirement will be met at the March 10, 2017 Regional Planning Committee meeting. At this meeting, staff will present the results of consultation. Comments received will be summarized and attached. Notification of this date was provided in the February 3, 2017 Manager's report.
Members of the public are welcome to appear at this meeting as a delegation.