Debate on smart growth in Metro Vancouver: Langley Township Hall (Feb 23, 7 pm)

A Debate About Smart Growth
Featured speakers:
Todd Litman (Victoria Transport Policy Institute)
Randal O’Toole (Cato Institute)
Feb 23, 2012 (Thursday), 7 to 8:30 pm

Fraser River Presentation Theatre
Township of Langley Municipal Hall

(20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley)

Presented by South Fraser OnTrax.
South Fraser Blog:
Langley Times article:

The Metro Vancouver region is reportedly set to grow from 2.3 million people today by another million people over the next 20 years, most of it south of the Fraser River. Academics and urban planners are calling for changes in how communities are built. South Fraser OnTrax, which advocates for smart growth design principles such as making transit a priority and building neighbourhoods that provide a variety of housing options, is sponsoring the debate between two well-known speakers with different perspectives.

Quoting the Langley Times: Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, whose research has been used by governments worldwide, will be debating Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He has taught environmental economics at Yale, UC Berkeley, and Utah State University on the future of land use and transportation planning.

Litman is a strong proponent of smart growth principles and high-quality public transit while O’Toole has been an outspoken critic.

“For many years we have talked about building more sustainable community and better transit,” says Nathan Pachal of OnTrax, “but many in our communities are not sold on the ideas that this is the way to go. This debate will allow both perspectives to be expressed and let people decide what future they want for our region.”

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