Regional Growth Strategy

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a strategic plan adopted by the CVRD board that directs long-term planning for sustainable growth in the region. It is a commitment made by municipalities and regional districts to collaborate and ensure sustainable growth management by taking into account shared services, our unique natural environment and available resources.

The RGS aims to establish a sustainable pattern of population growth and development in the region over a twenty-five year period by encouraging and directing development in the region within the municipal areas and established rural settlement nodes. This pattern of development aims to keep urban settlement compact, protect the integrity of rural and resource areas, protect the environment, prevent sprawl, increase servicing efficiency and enhance transportation within the region.

View the Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy (RGS)

Background

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) adopted its regional growth strategy in 2011 following three years of research, consultation and development. Section 428 of the Local Government Act states that “the purpose of a regional growth strategy is to promote human settlement that is socially, economically and environmentally healthy and that makes efficient use of public facilities and services, land and other resources.”  

To that end, the CVRD's Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) includes eight goals that address Housing, Ecosystems, Natural Areas and Parks, Local Economic Development, Transportation, Infrastructure, Food Systems, Public Health and Safety, and Climate Change.  Each of the eight goal areas include a series of objectives, policies and measurable targets. These targets are monitored and reported on in a published annual report each year, as required by the Local Government Act.

The  lifestyle opportunities and high quality of life offered in the Comox Valley continues to attract people to live here.  The RGS seeks to ensure that growth is managed in order to protect the lifestyle advantages that the area offers.

In 2014, the CVRD approved Bylaw No. 274 RGS Fees and Charges Bylaw which establishes a process and fee structure for amendments to the RGS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Annual Reports

RGS Amendments

The RGS is amended at the direction of the CVRD Board. An RGS can be amended by the CVRD Board by following either a 'standard' or 'minor' review process.

For more information regarding the 3L Developments Inc. Application to amend the Regional Growth Strategy visit here. 

Current Amendments under Consideration:

Amendment to RGS Section 5.2
  • In August 2017, the CVRD Board determined that a five year review of the RGS was not required but directed staff to bring forward an amendment to revise the Minor Amendment process in Section 5.2(4) in order to align it with the process steps in the Local Government Act.
  • On June 26, 2018 the board approved recommendations of the RGS Steering Committee to:
    • Initiate an amendment to the RGS
    • Review the proposed changes to Section 5.2(4) as a standard amendment
    • Adopt a consultation plan including the hosting of a public hearing
  • The proposed bylaw will clarify the amendment process and update LGA references to reflect the renumbering of the LGA
  • The CVRD Board gave proposed Bylaw No. 539 1st reading on July 24, 2018
  • Next steps will include:
    • Public Hearing will be held on August 28, 2018
    • CVRD Board will consider granting second reading to the amendment bylaw on August 28, 2018
Contact Us

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