|Planning: City Plans|
Details of The Livable Region Strategic Plan
The four strategies of the Region Plan
The Livable Region Plan after many years in preparation was adopted by the Greater Vancouver Regional District(GVRD) in 1996. It describes a growth strategy for the region for a population of about 2.75 million, nearly a million more people than currently live in the Greater Vancouver area. The Livable Region Strategic Plan (LRSP) is intended to preserve and enhance the quality of life for the region's citizens and protect the environment in which we live. The regional plan incorporates policies, targets and maps. It is based on four fundamental strategies.
1. Protect the Green Zone
The LRSP identified areas of the region as the "Green Zone", which is protected from urban development. The Green Zone is intended to protect Greater Vancouver's natural assets, including, major parks, watersheds, ecologically important areas, and farm lands. Municipalities (including the City of Vancouver), have nominated lands to be placed in the Green Zone.
2. Build Complete Communities
The LRSP proposes to build "complete communities". To achieve
this, the GVRD will, among other measures, seek through partnerships:
One of the main policy initiatives to help achieve complete communities is the designation of Regional Town Centres. The LRSP envisages a significant share of offices, business and community services being located in these town centres. Concentrating employment in town centres helps to provide a strong and self supporting local economy. It also easier to provide regional transit services to town centres and reduce the region's dependency on cars.
3. Achieve a Compact Metropolitan Region
|Growth Concentration Area total||786,000||1,832,000||951,000|
|– Ground oriented housing||491,000||--||--|
|– Apartment households||295,000||--||--|
|– Ground oriented housing||741,000||--||--|
|– Apartment households||394,000||--||--|
Source: Livable Region Strategic Plan
(1) Excludes construction
To increase transportation choice, the LRSP proposes a number of measures
to encourage transit ridership and reduce reliance on single occupant
automobile travel. The GVRD will among other measures:
Responsibility for transportation planning now rests with TransLink. Following its establishment in April 2000, TransLink prepared a strategic transportation plan which set out infrastructure and associated measures needed to keep on track with the targets established in Transport 2021. Funding arrangements for the plan are still to be finalised, but may require some reductions in the infrastructure program anticipated in the plan.
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