Planning and Environment is responsible for delivering on two core management plans; the Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan and Metro 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy. The Department’s work focusses on realizing a prosperous and sustainable metropolitan region, and contributing to a good quality of life for all residents and a vibrant environment.
The Air Quality and Climate Change team develops plans, policies, and regulations to improve air quality, reduce pollution and address climate change. This work is supported by air quality monitoring, emissions tracking in the Lower Fraser Valley airshed and air contaminant testing. The Division also tests air emissions and liquid waste discharges to support compliance with permits and bylaws. The Climate 2050 Strategic Framework works with strategic partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our communities to be resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.
Regional Planning is responsible for developing, implementing and stewarding Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy. The Division provides data, research, analysis, and convenes stakeholders on issues of common interest for regional growth. The Division collaborates with member jurisdictions and others engaged in regional land use and transportation issues to inspire long term solutions across municipal boundaries, invites discussion among agencies, collects and analyses complex data, provides evidence-based research, and develops regional policies and tools that support the regional growth strategy.
The Environmental Regulatory and Enforcement Services team protects public health, the environment, utility infrastructure and worker safety by enforcing and promoting compliance with bylaws, regulations and codes of practice related to: non-domestic sewerage from industrial, commercial and institutional sources, air emissions from industries, trades, businesses, activities, operations and residences, and the management of municipal solid waste and recyclable materials at privately owned solid waste facilities. This Division issues permits and licenses to promote compliance with regional bylaws that protect the environment and conserve resources.
Metro Vancouver acts as the local government for Electoral Area A in defined issues. Electoral Area A is the unincorporated area of the Metro Vancouver Regional District and includes diverse lands ranging from the densely developed University of British Columbia neighbourhoods to lightly populated areas in Howe Sound, Indian Arm, Pitt Lake, and the Fraser River.