Resources and Studies

This Resources and Studies section contains key projects and studies completed by Regional Planning in recent years. Although this is not a comprehensive list, if you do not see the project you are looking for please contact to request further information or resources.



Metro 205018672/28/2022 2:47:53 PM7916 Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy, Metro 2050, is one plan among a suite of interconnected management plans developed around Metro Vancouver’s Board Strategic Plan (Figure 2). The regional growth strategy uses land use policies to guide the future development of the region and support the efficient provision of transportation, regional infrastructure, and community services; it helps support the region’s priorities, mandates, and long-term commitments to sustainability and resiliency, in combination with other management plans.
Metro Vancouver Social Equity and Regional Growth - Final Report (2021)924371/24/2021 1:56:13 PM4416 study looks at how the concept of social equity could be applied to regional growth management through the regional growth strategy and other regional planning activities. It includes a quantitative assessment of disparity in the region through a set of 49 Inequity Baseline maps and an “Inequity Index Map.” It begins to assess qualitative aspects of social equity in the Metro Vancouver region through a series of “Listening and Learning” engagement sessions. Findings from the Inequity Baseline maps and the Listening and Learning sessions were analyzed and used to develop a set of recommendations for integrating social equity into regional growth management.
Metro Vancouver Tree Regulations Toolkit1103685/25/2021 5:04:43 PM4995 Toolkit is a resource for municipal staff, decision makers and other practitioners, including planners, arborists, biologists, engineers and landscape architects, on using regulatory tools that influence the preservation and growth of trees and tree canopy. This Toolkit provides a framework for selecting regulatory tools to help achieve municipal tree preservation or canopy growth objectives.
Urban Forest Climate Adaptation Framework for Tree Species Selection, Planting and Management2168965/17/2017 2:31:35 PM4745 Urban Forest Adaptation Framework provides a synthesis of climate adaptation knowledge and tools to support to the development and implementation of municipal urban forest plans across the region.
Regional Industrial Lands Strategy Report867426/18/2020 2:12:59 PM4711 lands are crucial to supporting a prosperous and sustainable regional economy. Industrial lands accommodate over one-quarter of the region’s total employment, and contribute to the region’s economic well-being, along with important linkages to transportation, trade, and taxation matters. Across the region, Metro Vancouver’s industrial lands serve as home to a wide range of employment activities that, in turn, play a crucial role in supporting the broader regional, provincial, and national economies.
Update of the Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory for Metro Vancouver (2020)1100037/16/2021 1:22:51 PM894 2014 Metro Vancouver produced the region’s first Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory (SEI) in response to the need for up-to-date, standardized ecological information to support decision making. Polygon delineation relied primarily on 2009 orthophoto imagery. An update to that inventory was conducted in 2015-2018 using 2014 imagery. The purpose of the update was primarily to document ecosystem losses over the five-year period (2009-2014). Additionally, the update incorporated new mapping and fieldwork, and made corrections where necessary. Updating the SEI will ensure it continues to be an effective and relevant land use and conservation planning tool for the region.
Himalayan Blackberry Best Management Practices - August 202116796110/6/2021 4:38:14 PM2243 blackberry was first introduced in British Columbia in the nineteenth century as a berry crop, but has more recently been recognized as an invasive species. Academic institutions, government, and non-government organizations continue to study this species in British Columbia.
Metro Vancouver Housing Data Book (2022)86781/24/2023 3:00:50 PM2948 Metro Vancouver Housing Data Book brings together a large collection of regional and municipal level data from a variety of sources in order to provide a comprehensive look at the region's housing market and the people impacted by it.
Agricultural Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (2023)1428171/20/2023 11:12:49 AM418 the Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) terms of reference. The AAC consists of 20 members appointed by the Metro Vancouver Board Chair, representing a diversity of agricultural producer groups, member municipalities, food processors/ distributors, food retailers, agriculture brokers, agriculture educators and urban agriculture practitioners.
Knotweed Best Management Practices - August 202117782210/6/2021 4:37:30 PM5203 to regions in Asia, knotweeds were first introduced to British Columbia in 1901 as a cultivated horticultural specimen (Barney 2006). In the last few decades knotweeds have gained attention as one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world (Lowe, Browne and Boudjelas 2000). They are included as one of the top ten invasive species for control in BC (Invasive Species Council of British Columbia 2017) and they are high priority species for management in the Metro Vancouver region.
Regional Tree Canopy Cover and Impervious Surfaces, 201915075312/6/2019 3:47:41 PM4204 report contains an analysis of the tree canopy cover and impervious surfaces in Metro Vancouver. Measuring tree canopy cover is a relatively simple way to determine the extent of the urban forest and the magnitude of services it provides. Impervious surfaces are associated with many of the negative effects of urbanization such as increased temperatures (the ‘Urban Heat Island’ effect) and flood risk, along with impacts to stream health through disrupted hydrological cycles and poor water quality.
Implementation Guideline #1 – Regional Context Statements (2012)2787912/9/2022 12:42:54 PM6 set of guidelines provides guidance to municipalities on developing Regional Context Statements. This document should be read in conjunction with the RGS, and it does not replace or supersede the content of, or the requirements set out in, the RGS. This document is one in a series of guidelines related to the RGS.
What Works - Securing Affordable and Special Needs Housing through Housing Agreements (2020)2148873/11/2020 10:34:07 AM3286 award-winning (Planning Institute of British Columbia, 2020) resource guide from the “What Works” series provides information to support local governments as they develop Housing Agreements to secure affordable and special needs housing.
Evaluation of Regional Ecosystem Connectivity2311086/25/2021 3:52:27 PM905 the connectivity of green spaces is critical for conserving biodiversity in our region. This spatial analysis evaluates the connectivity of greenspaces in Metro Vancouver by studying the habitat requirements of eight representative species: red‐backed vole, red‐back salamander, long‐toed salamander, muskrat, great blue heron ssp. fannini, brown creeper, rufous hummingbird, and pileated woodpecker.
Urban Tree List for Metro Vancouver in a Changing Climate 21688411/21/2022 11:01:11 AM4737 easy to download and print list of over 300 tree species assessed for suitability to the current and projected future climate in the Metro Vancouver region. Essentially a short version of the trees listed in the database.
Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) Study Phase 2 – Executive Summary (2019)2168622/26/2020 2:05:09 PM996 Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Study identifies ways to increase affordable rental housing for lower income households in Metro Vancouver, particularly in locations with good access to frequent public transit.
Implementation Guideline #7: Extension of Regional Sewerage Services1419646/8/2017 12:14:48 PM799 on Metro 2040 policies and procedures for connection to regional sewerage services in Agricultural and Rural areas of Metro Vancouver.
Summary Report: Opportunities for the Intensive Use of Industrial Land (2013)1991639/12/2014 2:13:43 PM2478 Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy, adopted in 2011, seeks to protect the region’s established industrial land base and promote the intensification capacity of industrial use on those lands.
Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants - City of Burnaby Brochure 2622989/23/2020 11:03:18 AM835 the Invasive Plant Brochure, used by the City of Bunaby.
Reed Canarygrass Best Management Practices - August 20211445449/29/2021 4:39:44 PM2109 status of reed canarygrass is complicated – there has been confusion about whether the species is entirely introduced or whether it is native to the Pacific Northwest and has expanded its range through human intervention.
English and Irish Ivies Fact Sheet - August 20212428099/16/2021 12:53:18 PM613 are two species of ivy present in Metro Vancouver – English ivy and Irish ivy. Both were introduced from Europe and western Asia as garden groundcover plants. Ivy can cover the forest floor and engulf trees, and is considered a serious invasive plant in the Metro Vancouver region. Unfortunately, many garden centres still sell several varieties of ivy.
Design Guidebook for Maximizing Climate Adaptation Benefits with Trees1455785/17/2017 12:57:24 PM1686 a companion to the Urban Forest Climate Adaptation Framework, this guidebook provides illustrations and technical guidance to support the tree plantings that maximize climate adaptation benefits throughout Metro Vancouver.
Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants - District of North Vancouver Brochure2988723/25/2021 1:56:16 PM352 brochure for stopping the spread of invasive plants.
2018 Ecological Health Framework1494739/11/2020 4:31:57 PM2362 ecological health is one of the priorities identified in Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Framework. In the Framework, Metro Vancouver commits to “protect and restore an interconnected network of habitat and green space.
Metro Vancouver 2020 Industrial Lands Inventory - Technical Report (2021)1856824/29/2021 1:19:07 PM1588 Metro Vancouver 2020 Regional Industrial Lands Inventory (‘Inventory’) provides a comprehensive summary of the quantity and quality of industrial and associated lands in the Metro Vancouver region as of mid-2020. It provides information about the amount of land that is developed for industrial and other uses, and identifies lands that are vacant by type of activity and other attributes. The objective for the 2020 Inventory is to systematically categorize industrial lands in the Metro Vancouver region using a consistent and clear set of rules.
Regional Affordable Housing Strategy (2016)2137627/11/2016 1:12:21 PM2798 Regional Affordable Housing Strategy provides a renewed vision, and shared goals, strategies and actions for tackling the housing affordability challenge in Metro Vancouver.
Purple Loosestrife Fact Sheet - August 20212431259/16/2021 2:59:44 PM503 loosestrife was first introduced to eastern North America in the 1800s as a garden plant and unintentionally brought over by ships. It has invaded wetlands across the continent and is common in Metro Vancouver. It has strong roots and each plant can produce millions of seeds each year.
Farm Tax Class Income Threshold Investigation (2015)1594965/2/2016 3:46:05 PM2586 Vancouver has requested the services of Upland Agricultural Consulting to complete a review of the qualifications for BC Assessment’s Farm tax classification and to investigate whether changes to the requirements are warranted. This investigation serves as a follow‐up to a report by KM Consulting that provided an analysis ofseveral farm property tax policies that could be used to either increase actively farmed land or discourage the non‐farm uses of agricultural land.
2016 Census of Agriculture Bulletin1426959/6/2017 11:06:30 AM618 2016 Census of Agriculture bulletin provides a selection of data on agriculture in the Metro Vancouver region based on the “farm unit”.
Yellow Archangel Fact Sheet - August 2021259139/16/2021 3:12:59 PM244 archangel (also known as lamium or lamiastrum) was introduced to North America as an ornamental ground cover. It has escaped into natural areas throughout Metro Vancouver mostly due to illegal dumping of green waste, especially from hanging baskets or containers. Unfortunately, many garden centres still sell this plant.
Map 2 Regional Land Use Designations17786412/2/2022 9:07:34 PM1332 Regional Growth Strategy - Regional Land Use Designations Map
Metro Vancouver Regional City Centre Profiles1810621/16/2015 11:55:46 AM1514 document profiles the nine Regional City Centres in Metro Vancouver. Regional City Centres are major activity hubs for transportation, employment and housing. The profiles illustrate some of the characteristics that define an Urban Centre and show trends over time using Metro Vancouver and Statistics Canada Census and National Household Survey data.
Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) Study Phase 2 - Reducing the Barrier of High Land Cost – Coriolis/WMCI (2019)2137503/25/2019 12:56:35 PM4467 report mainly focuses on affordable, transit-oriented rental housing. To explore possible solutions to the affordable rental housing challenge, in 2017 Metro Vancouver entered into a partnership with BC Housing, BC Non Profit Housing Association, TransLink, Vancity Credit Union, the Urban Development Institute, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and CMHC to try to tackle the challenge of affordable rental housing supply, especially in locations with good access to public transit. This all-hands-on-deck response is indicative of the magnitude of the problem and the recognition by the public, private, and non-profit sectors of the need for action.
Stratification of Industrial Land in Metro Vancouver (Sep 2018)2166319/30/2018 11:29:27 AM1494 Vancouver is coordinating the development of a Regional Industrial Lands Strategy. The Strategy will provide a vision for the future of industrial lands in Metro Vancouver and actions for achieving the vision.
Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study – Executive Summary (2015)1702655/15/2015 3:56:03 PM924 quantifying household transportation and housing costs, this study takes a new look at what affordability means in different parts of the region.
European Chafer Beetle Fact Sheet - August 20212428169/16/2021 1:04:57 PM524 chafer beetles were first discovered in British Columbia in 2001 in lawns and turfgrass. They have since spread across the Metro Vancouver region. The beetles can spread quickly because they have a short life cycle and can fly. They can also be spread in infested soil, grass and garden plants.
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Transportation and Land Use Activities: Guidebook1666835/20/2015 5:44:01 PM4525 HIA Guidebook provides a structured approach for planners and policy-makers to evaluate the potential health-related outcomes of an activity (i.e., a project, plan, or policy) before it has been built or implemented. The Guidebook also provides links to data sources, local and provincial resources, and examples.
Regional Food System Action Plan (2016)2137646/22/2016 11:22:40 AM3197 Regional Food System Strategy (RFSS) was adopted by Metro Vancouver in 2011, with a vision to create, “a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system that will contribute to the well-being of all residents and the economic prosperity of the region while conserving our ecological legacy.”
Industrial Lands and the Innovation Economy (Jun 2018)17429910/1/2018 10:28:14 AM890 purpose of this report is to set out, within the context of competing demands for industrial / employment-based land use in Metro Vancouver, the emergence of the region’s innovation economy.
Regional Food System Strategy (Feb 2011)2140299/12/2014 2:14:48 PM3405 Regional Food System Strategy is focused on how actions at the regional level can moves us toward a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system while recognizing that the Metro Vancouver foods system is affected by influences at the global scale.
Langleys SubRegion - Total Inventory by Detailed Type of Land Use (2020)1778414/30/2021 2:45:39 PM213 SubRegion - Total Inventory by Detailed Type of Land Use Map (2020)
Industrial Intensification Analysis Study (2021)1028593/10/2021 4:28:52 PM1632 intensification of industrial development can be measured in a variety of ways related to the optimized utilization of industrial land appropriate for each subsector. Generally, this can be broken down to intensity (amount of activity) and density (amount of building area). This report seeks to provide a better understanding of the most up-to-date market viability of mixed-use, multi-storey, and intensified industrial development within Metro Vancouver.
Changing Nature of Industry and Industrial Land Demand in Metro Vancouver (Sep 2019)14507110/7/2019 9:00:49 AM553 part of developing the Regional Industrial Land Strategy, a series of white papers, reports, and other deliverables are under development. In 2018, the Task Force expressed interest in exploring the changing nature of industry, and the role of technology impacts on industrial land demand in the region.
The Metro Vancouver Apartment Parking Study (2012) - Technical Report1438109/12/2014 1:23:37 PM3179 Metro Vancouver Apartment Parking Study is one of the most comprehensive examinations ofapartment parking supply and demand conducted on a metropolitan area.
Office Development in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Centres (2018, Revised)350853/11/2022 5:08:06 PM1521 updated report that explores the factors that influence regional-scale office development and occupancy decisions, identifies challenges and opportunities for office potential in Metro Vancouver's Urban Centres. This report is an update and supersedes the Office Development in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Centres Update Report (2015).
Connecting the Dots: Regional Green Infrastructure Network Resource Guide14509612/1/2015 10:22:22 AM3022 Connecting the Dots Resource guide supports the developing Regional Green Infrastructure Network Strategy of Metro Vancouver. This document provides the different forms of green infrastructure and how it provides integrated benefits across the regional landscape.
Feasibility of Targeted Invasive Plant Grazing in Metro Vancouver - Full Technical Report7176412/7/2022 1:43:33 PM18 report assesses the feasibility of targeted invasive plant grazing in Metro Vancouver, reviewing the efficacy, challenges, and considerations of targeted grazing treatments for control of invasive plants. Fourteen targeted grazing practitioners were interviewed to assess the operational feasibility of targeted grazing treatments. Seven target species were selected, and review of available literature and data enabled detailed assessments of targeted grazing versus other control treatments, comparing efficacy and costs. Recommended approaches for effective control of each species were provided.
Food Flows in Metro Vancouver Executive Summary (2020)23224111/4/2020 9:05:03 AM2761 Food Flows in Metro Vancouver study estimates the volume and value of food imported and exported from the Metro Vancouver region and the methods used to transport this food to and from international sources, the US, other provinces and within BC.
Regional Parking Study - Staff Report2140343/26/2019 8:52:59 AM680 2018 Regional Parking Study (the Study) was co-led by TransLink and Metro Vancouver to expand the knowledge base of multi-residential (apartment) parking supply and demand in different areas of the region. Preliminary observations from the three phases of data collection were presented to the Regional Planning Committee over three meetings in 2018, and to staff advisory committees. The key findings of the Study have now been finalized and are ready for distribution.
Industrial Edges: Compatibility and Interface Issues in Metro Vancouver (Sep 2018)17374310/1/2018 9:36:40 AM938 paper provides a summary review of compatibility and interface issues between industrial and residential land uses in Metro Vancouver. It samples six local jurisdictions as well as a jurisdiction outside of Metro Vancouver to provide an inventory of current practices related to buffering between land uses.