Smart Growth Task Force
Integrating Transportation with Land Use
In 2015, the Real Estate Foundation of BC began research to learn about the state of built environment sustainability in BC. With help from planners and policy makers, we examined current trends, drivers, and barriers to sustainability. We also identified gaps between where we are today, and where we need to be to ensure that our built communities are livable, efficient and prosperous for generations to come.
Taken together, land use and transportation can have an enormous impact on the sustainability of our built environments. We found that, while progress is being made towards sustainability, that progress isn’t always being measured, supported or coordinated. More work is needed to shape policies and financial rules to encourage smart growth and compact communities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve land for agriculture and greenspace.
The Smart Growth Task Force was convened in 2016 by REFBC, with assistance from Metro Vancouver and the Province of BC, to help local governments, planners and industry experts collaborate to integrate land use and transportation planning in ways that shape more sustainable communities.
With facilitation support from MODUS Planning Design & Engagement, task force members are exploring policy and planning ideas and practices that can reduce pollution while increasing housing and transportation options.
- Report: Growing Smarter (revised Dec. 2017)
- One-page overview: Smart Growth Trask Force
- Opinion Poll: Public Views on Sustainability and the Built Environment
- REFBC research – sustainable built environments