Greater Vancouver Livable Centres Program

Date: 2003

EcoPlan staff worked with the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s (now Metro Vancouver) Livable Region Strategic Plan, a program that encouraged the development of a compact, livable metropolitan region, with a core and eight regional town centres. In 2003, the GVRD partnered with the provincial Ministry of Community Services to explore ways of encouraging business and office development in regional town centres. EcoPlan staff provided research and coordinated a series of planning meetings with municipal and regional planners to discuss research findings.  A final project report identified recent successful office developments in the region, the conditions that made the investment favourable and highlighted the strategies that encourage office investment in more sustainable regional town centres