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Land Use Plan Update


Land Use Plan: Notice of Consultation

On April 13, 2014, the public comment period closed for the final phase of consultation on Port Metro Vancouver's Updated Land Use Plan. Thank you to everyone who provided their input. The consultation summary report will be available on PortTalk shortly.

Videos supporting our public outreach for public comment

Following two years of staff work and consultation with a diverse range of stakeholders, the final phase of consultation for Port Metro Vancouver's Updated Land Use Plan is underway. Consultation runs from February 10 through April 13, 2014.

The Land Use Plan is important to everyone in Greater Vancouver because it will guide the Port's decisions about the lands and waters within its jurisdiction (across 16 municipalities and one treaty First Nation territory) for the next 15 to 20 years.

What do you know about the Port Metro Vancouver Land Use Plan?

A street chat about Port Metro Vancouver's updated Land Use Plan at Canada Place in Vancouver.

Why is land use planning important? - Greg Yeomans, Manager of Planning

Greg Yeomans, our Manager of Planning, explains why the Land Use Plan is such a valuable tool.

Environmental stewardship and land use planning - Carrie Brown, Manager of Sustainability Programs

Carrie Brown, our Manager of Sustainability Programs, explains how the Land Use Plan and sustainability planning are interrelated.

Learn about our interactive mapping tool - Jim Crandles, Director of Planning and Development

Jim Cradles, our Director of Planning and Development, describes the Land Use Plan interactive mapping tool and how you can explore Port Metro Vancouver's updated Land Use Designations using this tool. Try the map here:

Land Use Plan update process

Since 2008, the Land Use Plan has been a consolidation of the land use plans of the former Vancouver Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and the Fraser Port Authority.

Our objectives

The objectives for the new Land Use Plan are to: 

  • Guide the physical development of the Port
  • Provide direction to Port staff when reviewing development proposals
  • Assist Port tenants in identifying areas to locate or expand their operations and investments
  • Facilitate coordination of land use and transportation planning with external agencies
  • Provide neighbouring residents with greater clarity about activities and uses that may occur on Port lands
  • Communicate the Port’s intentions of growing in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner

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Our vision

In 2010 and 2011, Port Metro Vancouver led a strategic visioning process called Port 2050. Our goal was to engage representative parties with a stake in the future of the Port to help us create a vision for our shared future by exploring two key questions:  

  • What is good growth for the port and its stakeholders?
  • What will the port look like in 20 and 40 years?

The outcomes of the Port 2050 process will guide future business priorities, shape new initiatives and ultimately transform every aspect of Port Metro Vancouver’s operations, beginning with the revision of our strategic vision and mission statements.

As one of the first steps towards implementing our strategic vision, we are embarking on a two-year process to update our Land Use Plan. The new Plan will articulate the Port’s policies on land use and development, and identify the types of uses appropriate on land and water across its jurisdiction.

Our process

During our process to update the Land Use Plan, we will engage and consult with port stakeholders and partners, our tenants and customers, and First Nations as well as the wider communities in which the Port operates.  There are two purposes to the consultation:

  • To share information about the Land Use Plan with those it may affect; and,
  • To listen and learn from these same people so that we may shape land use policies that strike an appropriate balance between the broad range of interests, perspectives and knowledge we know exists.

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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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