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. The process is currently at the document drafting stage.
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.
As the RGS is an expression of regional vision, goals and objectives, the CRD Board guides the development of the document. The Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee directs the development of the draft RGS document. Previously, this direction had been provided through the Committee of the Whole. Committee meeting summaries are listed below.
The timing outlined below is dependent on Board direction. Timing could be changed based on Board direction at any point in the update process.
- Late Fall 2016: Report to Board on public hearing feedback and receive direction to update RGS bylaw, if required
- Municipal referral for RGS acceptance TBD
- Third bylaw reading and adoption TBD
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CRD Board and Committee Meetings