Choices for our Future
The Fraser Valley region has beautiful scenery, many recreational opportunities, a broad range of services, growing employment opportunities close to home, and housing costs which are more affordable than many other Lower Mainland communities. Combined with the region's productive farmland, historic rural communities, and large resource and wilderness areas the Fraser Valley is one of the most liveable environments in North America and its residents enjoy a high quality of life.
In order to continue to enjoy this lifestyle, the municipalites and unincorporated areas mutually agreed on a growth strategy to guide the land use, transportation, economic development, and other decisions that will shaped the future of the Fraser Valley Regional District.
Beginning in 1996, the first phase of the strategy was a technical program to collect and produce background information relevant to the region over a 20 - 30 year horizon. This process brought together all stakeholders to address the region's growth management challenges and to acquire, collate, and analyze data at a regional level. The scope of the technical program included public opinion surveys, populations forecasts, employment projections, and housing, environment, agriculture, infrastructure and transportation studies. A picture emerged from this process about how this region can grow over the next 20 - 30 years if appropriate growth management policies, built on sustainable planning principles, are put in place and implemented.
The Regional Growth Strategy was finalized in 2004 and identifies a vision and eight growth management goals that the FVRD will focus on over the next 20 to 30 years:
Vision: The Fraser Valley Regional District will be a network of vibrant, distinct, and sustainable communities that accept responsibly managed growth while being committed to protecting the land resources and the natural environment to ensure that a high quality of life is accessible to all.
- Increase transportation choice and efficiency
- Support and enhance the agricultural sector
- Manage urban land responsibly
- Develop a network of sustainable communities
- Protect the natural environment and promote environmental stewardship
- Protect and manage rural and recreational lands
- Achieve sustainable economic growth
- Manage water, energy resources and waste responsibly