Neglected Land Use Designations key summary measure

Every parcel of land in the region has one of six regional land use designations.  The regional land use designations set out the intended uses, and what uses may not be appropriate, on these lands.  The regional land use designations strike a balance by setting out the regional interest in land use while still allowing municipalities the flexibility to meet local land use objectives.  Learn more about each regional land use designation below.

Proportion of Overall Land Area

  Metro Vancouver   2011   August 2018
Agricultural 19.8% 19.7%
Conservation and Recreation 47.1% 47.4%
Industrial 3.6% 3.6%
Mixed Employment 1.2% 1.2%
Rural 3.1% 3.1%
General Urban 25.2% 25.1%
Total 100% 100%
  Metro Vancouver   August 2018   Net Change since 2011

Why do designations change?

The regional land use designations are intended to reflect municipal and regional commitments and aspirations. Municipalities can propose to amend the designations. The Metro Vancouver Board will convene a dialogue to review any proposal for consistency with Metro 2040 and the regional implications, then decide whether to approve or not approve the proposed amendment.

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