Metro Vancouver and its member jurisdictions are updating the regional growth strategy, Metro 2050, with a view towards accommodating one million new residents in the region over the next 30 years in a way that reflects the federation’s values.
Metro 2050 will be the collective vision for managing growth to support the creation of complete, connected and resilient communities. Now available for comment<https://forms.metrovancouver.org/planning/Pages/metro-2050-feedback.aspx>, it will update the current regional growth strategy, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future. Registration is now open<https://registration.metrovancouver.org/regional-planning/Pages/Metro-2050-Webinar.aspx> for a free public webinar which will be held on October 19 at 11 a.m.
Proposed policies in Metro 2050 would expand and stimulate rental housing supply and limit the net loss of existing rental units, particularly near transit. The strategy also advocates for funding to support the non-profit housing sector and the provision of permanent, affordable and supportive housing. Metro 2050 sets an aspirational regional target that 15 per cent of new and redeveloped units within the region’s urban centres and transit corridors be affordable rental housing.
Transportation challenges are also identified in Metro 2050, with an emphasis on the need to develop Major Transit Growth Corridors to make it easier to take transit and reduce vehicle use, traffic congestion, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. An effective regional growth strategy would assist in designing communities and transportation networks that provide residents with viable mobility options, a cleaner environment and opportunities to reduce household transportation costs, while also ensuring that the regional economy can benefit from effectively managed major transportation routes.
The draft strategy also emphasizes the importance of containing urban sprawl, protecting industrial and agricultural lands and expanding green spaces to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The draft of Metro 2050<http://www.metrovancouver.org/metro2050#%3a~%3atext=Drafting%20Metro%202050&text=In%202019%2c%20Metro%20Vancouver%20began%2ccomment%20until%20November%2026%2c%202021.> is now being presented to encourage dialogue with and feedback from local municipalities, other regional agencies and interests, First Nations and the public. Comments can be made by using the Metro 2050 Feedback Form<https://forms.metrovancouver.org/planning/Pages/metro-2050-feedback.aspx> or emailing the project team by November 26, 2021.
Visit Metro Vancouver’s website to register<https://registration.metrovancouver.org/regional-planning/Pages/Metro-2050-Webinar.aspx> for the public webinar on October 19 at 11 a.m. and to watch a brief video about the Metro 2050<http://www.metrovancouver.org/metro2050> plan.