CRD Adopts Growth Strategy Amendment Related to West Shore Land Swap

Jan 11, 2017

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved amendment of the 2003 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) bylaw to extend the Regional Urban Containment and Servicing Policy Area. The amendment is linked to a land swap and a broader economic development venture between Metchosin, Langford and the Beecher Bay First Nation (Sc’ianew).

“The role of the region in this land swap is to consider how the exchange of land from a rural to an urban municipality might impact matters related to growth and development, the extension of services like water and sewer and other regional issues like housing and economic development” says CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins. “This is a unique request, as it is related to the treaty process, and I am pleased with how quickly the CRD and municipal councils were able to respond to the request.”

An amendment to the RGS requires approval by all municipalities, as set out in provincial legislation.

The CRD is currently working to replace the 2003 RGS with an updated plan. That plan is now with municipal councils for approval. The last day for municipalities to approve the updated plan is February 1, 2017.

The RGS guides decisions on regional issues such as transportation, growth and settlement patterns. The 2016 RGS provides population projections to the year 2038 and updates policy regarding water servicing, growth management, the environment and infrastructure, housing and community, transportation and economic development. The 2016 RGS also provides new policy regarding food systems and climate action. A public hearing for the RGS was held on October 19, 2016.

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