The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is part of BC’s Lower Mainland, with Vancouver as its major urban centre. It is a working partnership of twenty-one municipalities, including thirteen of the province’s thirty most populated municipal regions.
Greater Vancouver’s borders roughly align with the geographic area governed by the Metro Vancouver regional district, and it shares its southern border with the State of Washington.
The GRVD is dedicated to supporting the quality of life in the Greater Vancouver area, and to the delivery of cost-effective essential services. Environmental stewardship and livability are also managed, including air quality, regional parks and housing.
GRVD planners have been coordinating area municipalities since the early 1990s. The greatest challenge has been managing growth and improving public transit. Over 2.2 million are jammed into the area and the GRVD’s vision for increasing the population density in Vancouver’s inner neighbourhoods has significantly reduced the dependence on private automobiles.
High-rise apartments have accommodated the growth in the Downtown core, now accounting for about 99% of the housing, and and that trend is spreading outward to other communities like Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam and Surrey.