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Projects and Planning

Our approach

At Port Metro Vancouver, we strive to ensure that new development meets applicable standards and minimizes impacts on adjacent tenants, communities, and the environment. To effectively manage this responsibility, we administer a Project Review Process that involves both a Planning Review and an Environmental Assessment Procedure. The Project Review Process applies to all development activities on land, water and air space administered by the Port including all property leased or licensed to other parties.

If you are considering a development project on Port land or water, please review the Project Review and Permits page, and contact our Planning and Development Department. Our staff will guide you through the review process suitable to your proposal.

Port Metro Vancouver also undertakes strategic studies, management plans, and Port initiated developments in the trade sectors we service. For information on these initiatives and selected projects now being considered, visit the Ongoing Projects page.

Port Land Use Plan

The Canada Marine Act requires every Canadian Port Authority to adopt a comprehensive land use plan. The plan must include the Port’s land use objectives and policy directions under which it will make development decisions.

Port Metro Vancouver is currently updating our land use plan, a two-year process that involves comprehensive consultation with stakeholders and the community. 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.

The current land use plan is an amalgamation of the plans from the former Fraser River, North Fraser, and Vancouver Port Authority. To read the legacy plans:

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Land Use Plan Update

Port Metro Vancouver is embarking on a two-year process to update our Land Use Plan, as one of the first steps in implementing the vision identified during the Port 2050 strategic visioning process.

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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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