Heads Up: Metro Vancouver’s METRO 2050 ‘Regional Growth Strategy’ public hearing April 20/Wed (6 pm): Vancouver, this affects YOU too.

ABOVE: Cover of the draft Metro 2050

Mark your calendars for April 20, 2022.

One single public hearing will be held for up to four hours to hear from about 2.8 million residents of Metro Vancouver (21 municipalities, one electoral area (UBC) and one treaty First Nation – Tsawwassen). This is for the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1339, 2022, dubbed “Metro 2050.” It is a crucial and powerful document to determine land use, development, and transportation changes for a time period spanning the next 28 years to the year 2050. The meeting held in the boardroom of the Metro Vancouver headquarters (near Metrotown) in Burnaby.

Public Hearing
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Metro Vancouver Boardroom
(28th Floor Boardroom, Metrotower III, 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby, BC)
Purpose: to hear from the public on MVRD Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1339, 2022
The meeting will be deemed adjourned once all the speakers have been heard.
Participation: In person and online.
Calendar: http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/search/Pages/default.aspx

Official notice of Public Hearing, including instructions on how to speak and write, are at this link.

http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/Metro2050-PublicHearing-April-20-2022-Details.pdf

METRO 2050

Metro 2050: http://www.metrovancouver.org/metro2050

Draft METRO 2050 (125 pages, PDF): http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/DraftMetro2050.pdf

From website:

Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy is the regional federation’s vision for accommodating anticipated future growth to the region with considerations for diverse and affordable housing, transit and mobility, resilient employment, protected ecological and agricultural lands, the impacts of a changing climate, and more.

In 2019, Metro Vancouver began updating Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the current regional growth strategy. The draft Metro 2050 was available for public comment between July and November 2021. Those comments have now been incorporated into the final version of Metro 2050….

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC HEARING

Here is the info about the Metro 2050 public hearing. It is in person in Burnaby offices. Requires pre-registration.

http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/Metro2050-PublicHearing-April-20-2022-Details.pdf

Metro 2050 Info 

http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/metro-2050/engagement/Pages/default.aspxPublic Hearing Details
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm
28th Floor Boardroom, Metrotower III, 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby, BC

The Public Hearing will be conducted electronically pursuant to the Procedure Bylaw, and streamed
live at www.metrovancouver.org.

All persons who believe their interests are affected by the proposed Metro 2050 will be given an
opportunity to speak at the Public Hearing. Speakers will be asked to register prior to speaking, and
will be limited to a maximum time of five minutes unless otherwise determined by the Chair of the
Public Hearing.

How Can I Be Heard?
Submit written submissions to the Corporate Officer as follows:

  • PublicHearing@metrovancouver.org
  • Metro Vancouver, Metrotower III, 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6 In-Person at the Public Hearing up until conclusion of the Public Hearing, subject to
  • corporate health and safety protocols currently in place at Metro Vancouver

Register to speak as follows:

  • Email PublicHearing@metrovancouver.org to register in advance and receive instructions on
  • electronic participation
  • In-Person at the Public Hearing up until conclusion of the Public Hearing, subject to
  • corporate health and safety protocols currently in place at Metro Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver Board will not accept written or oral representations after the Public Hearing
has concluded

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HOW ABOUT THE CITIZENS OF VANCOUVER?

CityHallWatch comment: Now, in terms of residents of the City of Vancouver, to our knowledge, our municipal government has not yet sought public input directly from citizens of Vancouver regarding Metro 2050. All the work on the contents has been done by city planners and the Vancouver City Council directors assigned to the Metro Vancouver committees and board (and you can write them directly here if you have questions/concerns).

After the regional body has adopted the bylaw, probably in May, Vancouver residents are likely to, for their first time, have a chance to let City Council what they thinks, at one public hearing, probably in July 2022 while many people are on vacation.

See our previous post “Heads up: Metro Vancouver board votes today (25 Mar/Fri) on ‘Metro 2050’ bylaw (2nd reading): Huge implications Vancouver’s future, not yet discussed with Vancouverites” for “some things that merit special attention regarding Metro 2050.” The planners are lining up many pieces to fit into place, and few citizens are connecting the dots.

When the Metro 2040 bylaw was adopted in 2011, several municipalities actually held town hall meetings to present the contents. Vancouver did not. The City of Vancouver has not done a good job of reporting to its citizens what it is doing at the Metro Vancouver level. In fact, when it came to adopting a “Regional Context Statement” that had to be consistent with the “Regional Growth Strategy” there was effectively a media blackout. We are not sure what Vancouver’s plans are for actually presenting this city’s part of Metro 2050, but if you have read this far, we urge you to contact your favourite members on City Council and encourage them to properly inform and consult with the people of this City well in advance of Vancouver’s local public hearing in July 2022.

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