CRD Board to Focus on Sustainability in New 2009-2011 Strategic Plan

Jul 08, 2009

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District Board has adopted the 2009-2011 Strategic Plan, which has been under review throughout 2009. The plan includes an emphasis on regional sustainability, with a focus on five strategic priorities: climate action, environmental protection, housing, regional transportation and waste management.

The CRD will use a triple bottom line approach to decision making, using sustainability as a core value to create a workable future for the region’s communities. The evolution of the Regional Growth Strategy to a Regional Sustainability Strategy, by embedding the strategic priorities and measuring process through clear performance measures, will ensure progress towards the vision.

“This new Strategic Plan represents another tangible step toward sustainability in the Region,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “Through integration with the Regional Sustainability Strategy, the CRD’s Strategic Plan will help create liveable, economically feasible communities that demonstrate exemplary environmental stewardship.”

To assist in carrying out the strategic plan, new initiatives were also adopted to create greater accountability. Twice yearly workshops and forums will be held with key external players to focus on initiatives and ensure major progress is being made on each of the five priorities. Annual progress reports will be given to the CRD Board and a staff lead will be chosen for each strategic priority to ensure staff accountability and assist in achieving goals.

A final version of the plan was developed from consultation sessions and input from the CRD Board, staff, the Forum of Councils and senior staff from all participating municipalities. In 2006 the Board adopted its first strategic plan with a commitment to reviewing the plan every three years.

Further information on CRD initiatives and performance measures to support the strategic plan can be found in department/divisional business plans. The Strategic Plan will be formatted for public release and posted on the CRD’s website.

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For more information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308
Cell: 250.216.4427