The Next Million
Over the next 30 years, Metro Vancouver is projected to grow by over one million new residents. Increased investment, economic output and growth, and a more vibrant and diverse region will accompany this growth, but it will also produce issues that will need to be addressed. The increase in population will put pressure on an already burdened transportation system. This will place a much greater demand on our existing amenities and infrastructure, and put further demand on what is already a overextended housing market. Questions of affordability, in an already stretched housing market, will need to be addressed, along with discussions already underway with regards to the environmental and social sustainability of the region.
The Urban Land Institute is excited to launch a new series, entitled “The Next Million”, which is designed to foster discussions on how best to address the issues that accompany this future growth – how will neighbourhoods accommodate the necessary growth needed to accommodate population increases? How will we design, zone and build our housing stock to address the needs of individuals, families, and seniors across a range of incomes? How will the cities of the region receive new development and population growth, while also ensuring the necessary amenities and infrastructure to accommodate this growth? What steps do we need to take to allow for future investment, new jobs and economic output, while also ensuring we do not price out small businesses and residents from our cities? What will the future of “complete communities” look like for the region?
The issues that will follow with this growth will require action not just from the development community, but from architects, planners – both public and private, designers, financiers, and everything in between. Over the coming year, we hope you will join us in these discussions, to learn, but also to add to this vitally important discourse, and to help ensure the best and most innovating ideas are brought forward.