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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CRD Board Considers Mediation Process

On June 14, 2017 the CRD Board approved a non-binding mediation process to address disputed issues in the 2016 RGS. Councils from the seven municipalities who rejected the RGS – Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, North Saanich, Saanich and View Royal – have also approved the process.

Mediation is set to begin this summer and is expected to conclude in the fall. Participation in mediation is voluntary for municipalities who accepted the RGS. The accepting municipalities of Metchosin, Sooke and Victoria will participate.

Mediation aims to resolve disputes over provisions related to growth management, water servicing and mapping. For information about rejected provisions, please see the February 22, 2017 staff report.

Mediation is being undertaken in accordance with the dispute resolution provisions in the RGS legislation.

For details on the mediation process, see:

Minister Directs Dispute Resolution

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.

For details, see:

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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