CRD Board Chair Steve Price Delivers Inaugural Speech

Dec 13, 2017

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) held its inaugural meeting today. CRD Board Chair Steve Price delivered his inaugural speech outlining the Board’s vision for the year ahead and appointments to standing committees.

“Our region continues to be an exceptional place to live, work and visit,” said Chair Price. “The CRD has made excellent progress throughout 2017, and the year ahead will provide many opportunities to create meaningful change in support of a vibrant, sustainable and livable region.”

Highlights include:

  • Climate change remains a top strategic priority as the CRD Regional Climate Action Strategy is implemented, guiding services to support community-focused climate mitigation and adaptation action.
  • A Solid Waste Advisory Committee will support revision of the CRD’s Solid Waste Management Plan and the Integrated Resource Management Advisory Committee will focus on finding proven practical solutions to maximize resource recovery. Both of these sub-committees will report up through the Environmental Services Committee.
  • Regional Parks will connect Langford to Victoria through construction of a 1 km section between Atkins Avenue and Savory School in Langford as part of the E&N Rail Trail.
  • The Special Task Force on First Nations continues to explore various governance approaches, and is gaining considerable insight into possible models through on-going and regular meetings with First Nations leaders.
  • Construction of the South Island Communications Centre continues and, when complete, will provide residents with a unified 911 call answer and police dispatch centre that meets post-disaster standards.
  • The Regional Housing First Strategy will support the development of new affordable housing units, with an emphasis on those who experience chronic homelessness.
  • An updated Regional Housing Affordability Strategy, to be published in the spring of 2018, will prioritize actions the CRD will take to address housing affordability. The region is focused on being a leader in collaboration, building strong partnerships to address housing affordability in the capital region.
  • A Regional Trails Plan for the Southern Gulf Islands will identify a conceptual regional trail route on each of the six islands.

The Board also made appointments to advisory committees and commissions. Committees and commissions provide advice and recommendations for a number of CRD services and initiatives. Their mandate and authority are outlined in Board approved terms of reference or a service establishment bylaw.

  • Standing Committees are appointed by the Board Chair to provide advice and recommendations to the Board in relation to a CRD service or potential service. These committees are comprised of Board members.
  • The Board may establish an advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations and may appoint members who are not Directors.
  • The Board may also establish and appoint a Select Committee to consider and report on a specific issue, after which the committee is disbanded.
  • Commissions are created by a Board bylaw to provide community input into the delivery of specific CRD services. Appointments or nominations are typically made by municipal councils but may also include community members, CRD Directors and First Nations representatives. With various levels of delegated authority, commissions allow for the direct involvement of participants and rate payers in the service planning process.

For more information about CRD Board and Committees, please visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/about/board-committees/

For more about the CRD’s strategic priorities and plans, please visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/about/how-we-are-governed/strategic-priorities-plans.

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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. 

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