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MetroVancouver 2040 Plan

Vancouver, British Columbia

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver


Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2017




Project:  Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future

Type of Urban StrategySustainable Design, Green Cities 

Type of ProjectRegional Planning / Regional Growth Strategy

LocationVancouver, British Columbia

Date Designed/Planned: 2011

Construction Completed 2015

DesignerMetro Vancouver


The Metro Vancouver 2040 Urban Growth Strategy is a collective vision brought together by the 21 municipalities which aims to respond to the challenges of urban growth by centring on five strategic pillars that would structure growth:


1. Create a Compact Urban Area

2. Support a Sustainable Economy

3. Protect the Environment and Respond to Climate Change Impacts

4. Develop Complete Communities

5. Support Sustainable Transportation Choices

(Greater Vancouver Regional District Board, 2011)


The plan was adopted in 2011 and has since been a significant contributor in the Greater Vancouver Area’s sustainability and regional planning practices. Today (2017), the Metro 2040 plan continues to be adopted and has allowed the Greater Vancouver Area to create a dynamic urban core with liveable communities, protected healthy environment, sustainable transportation services and a dynamic urban landscape. (Metro Vancouver, 2017).


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