Planning for Our Future

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a vision for the future of the capital region, guiding decisions on regional issues such as transportation, population growth and settlement patterns. The RGS promotes the long term livability of the region by enhancing social, economic and environmental performance. The existing RGS is currently being updated as part of a 5-year review process.

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CRD Board Meeting

On July 13, 2016, the CRD Board gave first and second reading to the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) bylaw.

The next step in the update process is to hold a public meeting in the early fall for residents 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.

Following the public meeting, all municipalities within the Capital region will be asked to accept the growth strategy. The bylaw can only be adopted if all the municipalities accept the document.

2003 Regional Growth Strategy and Bylaw

The 2003 RGS includes land-use designations and eight strategic initiatives:

  1. Keep urban settlement compact
  2. Protect the integrity of rural communities
  3. Protect regional green and blue spaces
  4. Manage natural resources and the environment sustainably
  5. Build complete communities
  6. Improve housing affordability
  7. Increase transportation choice
  8. Strengthen the regional economy


Amendment to include the expansion of the Regional Urban Containment and Servicing Policy Area (RUCSPA) within the District of Highlands.

District of Central Saanich Regional Content Statement Amendment

Central Saanich Co-op Dispute Settled by Arbitrator

The 2012 dispute over the District of Central Saanich proposal to amend their regional context statement to accommodate the development of the Co-op supermarket was settled by the arbitrator appointed in the Final Proposal Arbitration process. The arbitrator decided in favour of the CRD proposal to leave the RCS intact and maintain the integrity of the planning and legislative framework under which the Region operates.


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