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Land Use Plan

Land Use Plan

Similar to a municipality’s official community plan, Port Metro Vancouver’s Land Use Plan guides the development of port lands and waters over the next 15 to 20 years. All Canadian ports are required to have a Land Use Plan to identify how port lands and waters will be managed.

The new Land Use Plan helps Port Metro Vancouver respond to growth in Canada’s trade, while also protecting the environment and contributing positively to First Nations and local communities.
Port Metro Vancouver Land Use Plan (English) (French)
Frequently Asked Questions
Port Metro Land Use Map

Land Use Plan Designation Maps


Plan highlights

  • Five goals that provide a framework for future decision-making
  • Commitment to action through implementation and timelines
  • Focus on protecting the remaining supply of industrial port land for generating jobs
  • Focus on environmental stewardship and community engagement

Objectives of the plan

  • Provide long-term land use policy directions
  • Guide land use and future growth opportunities
  • Assist tenants and customers to plan their operations and investments
  • Help coordinate land use and transportation planning with neighbouring communities and government agencies
  • Provide clarity about activities and uses can occur on port lands, and how community interests will be considered in the planning process
  • Provide clarity to First Nations about the intended use of Port Metro Vancouver’s lands and waters adjacent to their reserves and within their asserted traditional territories (this does not replace other consultation with First Nations where activities have the potential to adversely impact Aboriginal and Treaty rights)
  • Show how future port growth will be managed in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable manner

Collaborating with the community

This version of the Land Use Plan was developed over a three-year process that ended in mid-2014. The plan was the result of consultation with over 1,000 individuals representing municipalities, First Nations, government agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, industries, and members of the public.

The final Land Use Plan balances these perspectives with Port Metro Vancouver’s responsibility to facilitate Canada’s growing trade. In the future, proposed major changes to the Land Use Plan will involve a thorough consultation with all interested stakeholders.

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Our anticipated future


In 2010, we embarked on a strategic visioning process called Port 2050. The results of the process, including four scenarios telling alternative stories of our future, are presented here.

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