Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board adopted the updated Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) at its March 14, 2018 meeting. Adoption follows unanimous municipal acceptance of the document, and endorsement from the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director at the Board. The RGS was revised to incorporate solutions generated from a non-binding mediation process in December 2017.
"Adopting this RGS is a milestone for the region,” said CRD Board Chair Steve Price. “This document sets out what we want our region to achieve in 20 years to meet the needs of our residents now, and into the future. This is why we took the time to prepare an RGS document to which we could all agree.”
The 2018 RGS addresses matters that have impacts beyond municipal borders. Objectives for growth management, the environment and infrastructure, housing and community, transportation, economic development, food systems and climate action provide the CRD and municipalities with a shared approach for considering the broad regional impacts of their decisions.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this document get off the ground” said the CRD Planning and Protective Services Committee Chair, Ken WIlliams. “It is up to all of us – CRD, municipalities and the electoral area – to take actions that will make the RGS a reality.”
With adoption of the RGS, the CRD, municipalities and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area are responsible for implementing the RGS, with each using different tools and authorities to do so. In addition to implementation, the CRD is responsible for monitoring and yearly reporting on progress toward achieving RGS objectives. Beyond setting shared objectives, the RGS confirms where growth is desired and a strategy for containing that growth in urban areas.
“The new RGS will allow the extension of community water, will modernize the Official Community Plans and will essentially allow for greater autotomy and decision making within the bounds of the agreement for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area residents,” said Juan De Fuca Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks. “It’s a great day for the JDF!”
The updated RGS bylaw replaces the region’s first growth strategy, adopted in 2003. Changes include population and employment projections to the year 2038, new sections on food systems and climate action, and updates to growth management and water servicing policies to reflect a commitment to contained urban growth.
Visit www.crd.bc.ca/sustainability for more information.
View the Regional Growth Strategy Fact Sheet (PDF)
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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