Victoria, BC–- On November 3, 2017, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board received direction from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to conclude the non-binding mediation process for the 2016 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) by November 30, 2017. The timeline would effectively trigger an end to current mediation, underway since June 2017, as it is not possible to complete the process by the specified deadline. On November 8, 2017, the CRD Board resolved to request an extension to the deadline to January 15, 2018, in order to complete the non-binding mediation (see attached letter).
The next steps would be to hold mediation sessions scheduled for December 6-8, 2017 followed by Board review and a legislated 60-day document referral to all municipal Councils. Parties to the RGS dispute are working directly with a third-party mediator who is conducting all aspects of the non-binding mediation process.
To date, mediation has clarified reasons for municipalities not accepting the RGS and allowed the rejecting municipalities to put forward possible solutions. The legislation requires that the RGS be accepted by all 13 municipalities before the Board can adopt the bylaw. Seven municipalities did not accept the RGS, including Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, North Saanich, Saanich and View Royal.
The RGS guides decisions on regional issues, provides population and employment 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.
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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, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
Attachment: RGS Letter From CRD (PDF)
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