VANCOUVER — By the year 2050, Metro Vancouver’s population is expected to grow by one million.
On Feb. 24, Metro Vancouver adopted an updated regional growth strategy, Metro 2050, to shape the region for the next three decades.
“Our region is growing by about 35,000 people every year and we must plan to accommodate that growth in a way that creates connected communities and protects important lands, like farmland and industrial land, as well as environmentally-sensitive areas in our region,” said Heather McNell, deputy chief administrator of policy and planning for Metro Van, in a news release.
The strategy is an update of the 2040 plan and sought to address climate change, affordable housing, growth projection and alignment with the Transport 2050 transportation strategy.
The new strategy had five overarching goals: to create a compact urban area; support a sustainable economy; protect the environment and respond to climate change and natural hazards; provide diverse and affordable housing; and to support sustainable transportation.
Among the new regional targets set by the strategy are protecting 50 per cent of the land base for nature, expanding the tree canopy in the Urban Containment Boundary to 40 per cent and ensuring that at least 15 per cent of new and redeveloped housing units in urban centres and along transit corridors are affordable rental homes.
There are also new tools to direct growth to transit-oriented locations and to protect the supply of trade-oriented industrial lands.
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