Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board gave first and second reading to the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) bylaw at its July 13, 2016 meeting. The Regional Growth Strategy guides decisions on regional issues such as transportation, population growth and settlement patterns.
The 2016 RGS bylaw will update the existing growth strategy, adopted in 2003, with a new focus on addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and includes new content on food and agriculture. The RGS update is part of a provincially mandated 5-year review and is funded by a Union of British Columbia Municipalities Gas Tax grant.
The update process explored different options for how to best address matters related to regional sustainability. Based on input from the public and other stakeholders, the Board affirmed a desire for strong growth management rooted in keeping urban settlement compact. Twelve municipalities and the Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee have provided comment on the document, with suggestions for clarifying and strengthening the comprehensiveness of the growth strategy. In June, the Board directed changes to respond to input.
Before the bylaw can be adopted, all municipalities within the capital region need to approve the RGS.
Prior to adopting the bylaw, a public meeting will be held in the early fall to provide residents the opportunity to comment on the document. All those interested are encouraged to submit their input. Comments will be summarized and presented to the CRD Board for their consideration in finalizing the bylaw. The public meeting times will be advertised closer to the date. Visit www.crd.bc.ca/sustainability for more information and a copy of the document. If you would like to receive updates, please email us to be added to our contact list.
Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.
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