Growth Management and Regional Sustainability
The Local Government Act requires a review of a Regional Growth Strategy five years after it is adopted. In 2008, the CRD initiated the five-year review of the 2003 RGS. As part of the review, the CRD investigated options for expanding RGS content to include:
- Climate action
- Community health and well-being
- Emergency management and natural disasters
- Energy systems
- Food and agriculture systems
This expanded content was developed in collaboration with local, provincial and federal government staff and presented to the CRD Board in a draft Regional Sustainability Strategy document. The public was asked for ideas at the start of the process, invited to track progress and to comment on the final draft strategy. The CRD Board is now evaluating how an updated Regional Growth Strategy and other CRD documents could address this content.
The RGS review and update is being undertaken as an iterative process. Research, policy options and draft documents are developed each in turn before being formally adopted as a bylaw. As the RGS is an expression of regional vision, goals and objectives, the CRD Board guides the development of the document.
The process is currently at the bylaw adoption stage. Provincial legislation requires unanimous municipal council approval of the RGS. In accordance with this requirement, the CRD Board may only adopt the RGS as bylaw once accepted by all municipal councils.
Local governments have two years after the acceptance of a final Strategy to prepare Regional Context Statements that outline how their Official Community Plans align with the Strategy.
The timing outlined below reflects the legislated referral period.
- January 2018: Board refers revised draft RGS Bylaw 4017 to municipal councils for acceptance
- January to March 2018: Municipal councils have 60 days to accept or not accept RGS provisions
- April 2018: CRD Board gives third reading and adopts RGS Bylaw 4017, if all municipal councils accept the revised draft RGS
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