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 Revision

At its October 12, 2016 meeting, the CRD Board revised the 2016 RGS bylaw document to expand the extent of the Renewable Resource Lands Policy Area shown in Map 3: Growth Management Concept Plan in the community of Shirley-Jordan River. This revision is an outcome of the Shirley-Jordan River Official Community Plan (OCP) process.

For more detail on the revision, please see:

RGS Public Hearing

A public hearing on the 2016 RGS Bylaw 4017 was held on October 19, 2016. Comments received are entered in the public record and will be submitted to the Board for consideration. After considering the input, the Board may direct changes to the Bylaw prior to referral for municipal acceptance and adoption as bylaw.

2003 RGS Amendment

On September 14, 2016, the Board initiated an amendment to the 2003 RGS to extend the Regional Urban Containment and Servicing Policy Area (RUCSPA) boundary. The amendment was initiated at the request of the District of Metchosin, the City of Langford and the Beecher Bay First Nation.

Please see staff report for details.

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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