It’s a tight squeeze.
The latest census shows Metro Vancouver has the highest population density in the country at almost 5,500 people per square kilometre.
That means the region’s makeup will continue to change.
“The idea of traditional neighbourhood hasn’t been true for a long time in our region.”
Vancouver’s former chief city planner Brent Toderian says in reality, neighbourhoods catering to detached homes are falling off the radar because of affordability and urban design.
“We need to talk about the typical households, and increasingly the typical household is not a single detached house.”
He says densification will continue around new and future transit hubs.
“You’re going to see the highest scale of building type; you’re going to see the highest density with high and mid-rise where people can walk and shop and do all sorts of things around transit.”
Metro Vancouver’s population has grown since 2011, it’s up 6.5 per cent to nearly 2.5 million.
In the Fraser Valley, it’s up 6.6 per cent to 296,000.