Regional Growth Strategy
History and Background of the CVRD Regional Growth Strategy
The CVRD adopted its regional growth strategy in 2011. Initiating a growth strategy was a requirement of its Letters Patent granted by the province at the time of the restructuring of the Comox Strathcona Regional District into the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District in 2008.
The strategy includes eight policy areas, along with goals and objectives intended to reduce urban sprawl, promote sustainability, reduce water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, divert solid waste and promote active transportation, affordable housing and a resilient economy. The eight goals include: housing, ecosystems, natural areas and parks, local economic development, transportation, infrastructure, food systems, public health and safety and climate change.
In 2014 the CVRD approved Bylaw No. 274 RGS Fees and Charges Bylaw that establishes a process and fee structure for amendments to the RGS (link)
RGS Annual Reports
The strategy includes a number of indicators to measure progress on the goals and objectives included in the document and each year the CVRD prepares and publishes an annual report to measure progress towards those goals. Annual reports are found here:
Five year Review of the Regional Growth Strategy
The Local Government Act, part 13, section 452, requires that a regional district with an approved regional growth strategy (RGS) must consider whether the regional growth strategy must be reviewed for possible amendment, at least once every five years. In that consideration, the CVRD is required to provide the opportunity to its citizens, affected local governments, First Nations, school board and senior government agencies on the need for a five year review. The board will consider this in 2017.