CRD Refers 2016 Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw for Municipal Acceptance

Nov 25, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board referred the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) bylaw for municipal acceptance at its November meeting.

In the provincially-mandated RGS update process, referral for municipal acceptance is the last step before the RGS bylaw can be adopted. The referral period is 60 days. Before the CRD Board can adopt the RGS bylaw, it must be accepted by all municipalities; if acceptance cannot be reached, provincial legislation sets out a process for resolving outstanding matters.

The RGS guides decisions on regional issues such as transportation, growth and settlement patterns. The 2016 RGS provides population projections to the year 2038 and updates policy regarding water servicing, growth management, the environment and infrastructure, housing and community, transportation and economic development. The 2016 RGS also provides new policy regarding food systems and climate action. A public hearing for the RGS was held on October 19, 2016. The Board considered feedback from the public hearing and directed staff to make minor refinements in response.

For more information, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/sustainability. If you would like to receive updates, please email us at sustainability@crd.bc.ca to be added to our contact list.

Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.

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