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Metro Vancouver Library


​The Metro Vancouver ​library serves Metro Vancouver staff, consultants, member jurisdiction staff​, and the public.  Named after Harry Lash, the library began in 1970, and was formally named after him in 1996, following his death the previous year. 

​​Members of the public are welcome to visit the library, and may request electronic copies of Metro Vancouver reports, where available.​​

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Vancouver archivesVancouver archives<div class="ExternalClass9FCC879C9E534B31B4255ECA7FE6BA2C"> <ul><li>​​​​Sewerage & Drainage Board 1911-1951</li><li>Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) 1924-1965</li><li>Historical photos (select “Image” from Media Type filter)</li></ul><p> <i class="fa-light fa-link"></i> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Search Vanouver Archives">Vancouver archives​</a>​​<br></p> </div>
UBC archivesUBC archives<div class="ExternalClass251A5367FB914F09B8DA6A21FAD34A99"><ul> <li>​ GVRD Planning Department and Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board files 1947-1982 </li><li><a class="external" href="" target="_blank">Finding Aid</a> is available</li></ul><p> <i class="fa-light fa-link"></i><a href="" target="_blank" title="Search UBC Archives">UBC archives​</a>​​<br></p></div>
Historical regional planning reports and maps Historical regional planning reports and maps <div class="ExternalClassEED7E298E5664DB89563BEA16A795F5B"><p> <strong>1952</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/the-lower-mainland-looks-ahead-1952.pdf">The Lower Mainland Looks Ahead (Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board)</a></p><p> <strong>1966</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/official-regional-plan-for-the-lower-mainland-planning-area-1966.pdf">Official Regional Plan of the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board, the Municipalities of the Region, and the Province of British Columbia </a></p><p> <strong>1975</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/livable-region-1976-1986-proposals-to-manage-the-growth-of-greater-vancouver.pdf">The Livable Region 1976/1986: Proposals to Manage the Growth of Greater Vancouver [Harry Lash's master plan]</a> </p><p> <strong>1980</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/plan-for-the-lower-mainland-of-british-columbia-1980.pdf">Plan for the Lower Mainland of British Columbia </a></p><p> <strong>1990</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/creating-our-future-steps-to-more-livable-region-1990.pdf">Creating our Future: Steps to a More Livable Region</a></p><p> <strong>1996 rev. 1999</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/livable-region-strategic-plan.pdf" target="_blank">Livable Region Strategic Plan </a></p><p> <strong>2011 rev. 2013</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i>​ <a href="/about-us/Documents/regional-growth-strategy-metro-2040.pdf" target="_blank">Regional Growth Strategy: Metro Vancouver 2040 </a></p><p> <strong>Also of interest</strong></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/creating-our-future-1994.pdf">Creating Our Future: The History, Status and Prospects of Regional Planning In Greater Vancouver (1994)</a><br><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/about-us/Documents/bibliography-and-chronology-of-regional-planning-in-british-columbia.pdf">Bibliography and Chronology of Regional Planning in British Columbia (2000)</a><br><i class="fa-light fa-link"></i><a href="" target="_blank">Livable Region Reports 1973-2013</a><br>​ <i class="fa-light fa-link"></i> <a href="" target="_blank">GVRD Planning Department Land Use Maps 1965, 1971, 1980, 1983</a></p> <br> </div>
Clipping filesClipping files<div class="ExternalClass8229161DDAF84F5CABD8EC61C94B37F5"><p>On-site use only; contact library staff for more information.<br></p></div>

​Who was Harry Lash? 

​Harry Lash was the first director of regional planning at the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), now known as Metro Vancouver. During his tenure from 1969-1975, he led an extensive public consultation process which culminated in the report The Livable Region 1976/1986: Proposals to Manage the Growth of Greater Vancouver. Lash elaborated on his planning philosophy in his 1976 book Planning in a Human Way, which we have provided here with kind permission of Library and Archives Canada.​​



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