CRD Seeks Comment on Draft Strategy for a Sustainable Future

Jan 15, 2015

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking public input on a Draft Regional Sustainability Strategy (RSS), a vision for the region that will guide decisions affecting our communities to 2038.

The RSS is being developed collaboratively with affected local governments and other stakeholders to further the health and prosperity of the region and its residents. How we address population growth, climate change, housing, transportation, parks, food supply, natural resources, community and economic vitality are among the topics being considered.

“The Sustainability Strategy is a road map to the future. It will help local governments make decisions that support and enhance the quality of life we currently enjoy while taking care of the planet and our resources,” said CRD Board, Chair Nils Jensen.

The vision articulated in the draft strategy describes the region in 2038 and targets propose how much action to take and how quickly it needs to be taken.

In October 2014, the CRD Committee of the Whole directed staff to seek public input on the Draft Strategy. “We want to hear from the public if we’re heading in the right direction,” said Jensen. “Are the proposed targets too ambitious or not going far enough?”

To ensure that the Sustainability Strategy is grounded in community needs, an online feedback form, focusing on the vision and targets outlined in the Draft Strategy, is available until February 15, 2015. Paper forms are available through the CRD. Participants can answer all or some of the questions and provide comments on any part of the Draft Strategy.

All local residents, community groups, businesses, First Nations, major institutions, municipalities and other interested parties are encouraged to provide comment on the Draft Strategy. Feedback will be summarized and presented to the CRD Board for their consideration in directing finalization of the Strategy. To ensure transparency, a summary of survey results will be posted on the CRD website.

Visit www.crd.bc.ca/sustainability to connect to the survey and to learn about other opportunities to provide ongoing input. If you would like to receive updates, please email us to be added to our contact list.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492