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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RGS Mediation Process

Settlement of disputed RGS provisions is being undertaken in accordance with RGS legislation. On November 3, 2017, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing directed that the non-binding mediation process, underway since June 2017, must conclude by November 30, 2017. The Minister’s direction would effectively trigger an end to non-binding mediation as it would not be possible to complete the process by the deadline.

On November 8, 2017, the CRD Board resolved to request an extension to that deadline in order to continue non-binding mediation according to the process currently underway. The next steps in the process are to hold mediated sessions in early December, followed by Board review and a legislated 60-day document referral to all municipal Councils.

Participants in RGS mediation include:

  • CRD Board
  • Seven municipalities who rejected the RGS - Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, North Saanich, Saanich and View Royal
  • Three municipalities who accepted the RGS - Metchosin, Sooke and Victoria

The participation of municipalities who accepted the RGS is voluntary.

Throughout the summer, the mediators worked with all participants to identify the issues under dispute. The next step in the mediation process is to prepare for and hold in-person mediated sessions. This work is currently on-going.

The timing of the mediation process will be addressed by the mediator.

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.

Amendment 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). All 13 municipalities in the Capital Region have approved the amendment.

District of Central Saanich Regional Context 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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