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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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. 

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.

Amendment to extend the Regional Urban Containment and Servicing Policy Area. The amendment is linked to a land swap and a broader economic development venture between Metchosin, Langford and the Beecher Bay First Nation (Sc’ianew). All 13 municipalities in the Capital Region have approved the amendment.

District of Central Saanich Regional Context 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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