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.
As requested by the CRD Board, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has directed a non-binding dispute resolution process to reach agreement on the 2016 RGS. The next step is for the CRD and the seven rejecting municipalities to agree on a mediator and on how non-binding dispute resolution is to be carried out. Any municipality who accepted the RGS may participate in the process. Costs will be shared proportionally between the CRD and all municipalities who participate.
Six municipalities (Langford, Metchosin, Oak Bay Sidney, Sooke and Victoria) accepted the 2016 RGS. Seven municipalities (Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, North Saanich, Saanich and View Royal) rejected the 2016 RGS.
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