About Transportation & Land Use

​Land use decisions influence the way people travel and impact the environment and public health. In turn, transportation decisions, particularly those related to infrastructure, influence the location, rate, and form of development and economic activity.

Metro Vancouver works closely with municipalities, TransLink, senior governments, and other stakeholders to coordinate these complex land use and transportation decisions.

The region’s goals and actions are established in regional plans and strategies, including: Metro 2040, Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan, TransLink’s Regional Transportation Strategy, and the Regional Transportation Investment Vision by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation.

How Metro 2040 supports regional transportation goals

Metro 2040 supports coordinated land use and transportation planning by encouraging action at many levels of government, such as requesting that:

  • Municipalities reduce parking requirements in new developments within Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas
  • Municipalities locate uses that generate frequent vehicle trips within Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas
  • Municipalities improve municipal infrastructure to support transit, carpooling, cycling, and walking
  • Municipalities assess how new communities, infrastructure and transportation affect public health, including air quality and noise impacts
  • TransLink prepare and implement a regional goods movement strategy
  • Provincial and federal governments support safe and efficient goods movement by protecting rail rights-of-way and access points to navigable waterways.