The Pearson Adult Learning Centre is
New Westminster, B.C., Canada. The city of New
Westminster is one of the 21 member municipalities which
make up the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), a
district in which the population is expected to reach
2.7 million by 2021. This represents a nearly
whopping 29% increase over the
2.1 million inhabitants of 2002.
In order to effectively
accommodate such a large expected rise in population, it is
vital to maintain regional livability while protecting the
Achieving this goal
requires, in large part, an understanding and appreciation
of the geological and geographical landscape of the GVRD.
Such knowledge and attitudes are necessary in order to make
optimal community decisions regarding the local land-use,
the natural resources, and the environment.
lies predominately from where the Fraser River leaves the
coastal mountains, to where this river eventually connects
with the inland sea of the Strait of Georgia. Some of the
GVRD member municipalities include Vancouver, New
Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and
The Greater Vancouver
landscape is comprised of various earth layers reaching far
beneath the surface, a landscape which forms and changes by
ongoing natural processes. Such natural processes are
associated with moving crustal (tectonic) plates,
earthquakes, glaciers, volcanic activity, landslides, soil
erosion, lakes, rivers and streams, etc..
To accommodate the huge
expected population growth, the GVRD Board is incorporating
geological and geographical concepts into its land
development and expansion plans regarding land-use and
natural resource decisions. For example, the GVRD Board has
Livable Region Strategic Plan, a plan with
special consideration to the landscape, to the natural
resources, and to the environment.
This plan calls for the
protection of the
Green Zone which includes Greater Vancouverís
natural assets including major parks, watersheds,
ecologically important areas, resource lands, and farmland.
This plan also establishes a long-term growth boundary.
In light of the GVRDís
anticipated tremendous population growth at least through to
2021, it is essential that all the 21 member municipalities
carefully scrutinize and effectively manage both their
land-use, and their natural assets and natural resources.
This goal will
undoubtedly serve to ensure the preservation of the GVRD
communities, while accommodating the livability of an
For reference and
further information, check these sites:
Greater Vancouver Regional District
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