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.
Board Approves Revised Draft RGS and Refers for Municipal Acceptance
The Capital Regional District Board approved a revised draft RGS bylaw at its January 10, 2018 meeting. Approval of the revised draft follows a successful mediation process, underway since February 2017, to resolve disputed provisions related to growth management, water servicing, climate action, food systems and transportation.
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A range of solutions were generated by mediation, including providing more detailed population projections, refining content concerning parkland protection and transportation, and including new content related to urban settlement, food systems and climate adaptation. Further, an agreement was reached on water servicing that refines criteria and process requirements for addressing new water services extensions, and identifies the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area communities where water extensions could occur.
As per provincial legislation, adoption of the RGS bylaw requires acceptance by all municipal councils within the capital region. Should the Board approve the revised bylaw, it would be referred to municipal councils for acceptance. The Board may only adopt the RGS as bylaw once accepted by all municipal councils.
The Province directed that the mediation process conclude by January 15, 2018, followed by the legislated 60-day referral to all municipal councils.