Metro 2040 Goals

Metro 2040 is centered around five regional goals. Each goal has related strategies and policies that explain how it can be achieved and the actions expected of Metro Vancouver, member municipalities and other levels of government.

Metro 2040 also establishes regional land use designations which indicate the intended use of the land (i.e. urban, agriculture, etc.). The designations provide the long-term framework for land use across the region.

Goal 1: Create a Compact Urban Area

The Metro 2040 Vision: Metro Vancouver’s population is concentrated in compact communities with access to a range of housing choices, employment, amenities and services. Compact, transit-oriented development patterns help to 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 Metro 2040 Vision: The land base and transportation systems required to nurture a strong regional economy are maintained and the labour force is supported. Industrial and agricultural land is protected and the business sectors dependent on these lands thrive, while commerce flourishes in Urban Centres throughout the region.

Goal 3: Protect the Environment and Respond to Climate Change Impacts

The Metro 2040 Vision: 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. 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

The Metro 2040 Vision: Metro Vancouver is a region of communities with a diverse range of housing choices suitable for residents at all stages 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: Support Sustainable Transportation Choices

The Metro 2040 Vision: Metro Vancouver’s compact, transit-oriented urban form supports a range of sustainable transportation choices. This pattern of development:

  • expands opportunities for multiple-occupancy vehicles, transit, cycling and walking;
  • encourages active lifestyles;
  • improves air quality; and
  • reduces energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and household expenditure on transportation.

The region’s road, transit, rail and waterway networks play a vital role in serving and shaping regional development by providing linkages among communities and reliable routes for goods movement.