Regional Growth Strategy
The Regional Growth Strategy is a shared vision for managing growth and community impacts in our diverse urban and rural neighbourhoods. It is a commitment made by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Village of Cumberland to work together to promote communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come. The RGS is implemented within each community through local Official Community Plans, Infrastructure Plans, and regulatory tools such as zoning.
Managing growth is more than creating urban boundaries, preventing urban sprawl and deciding where different land uses will be located. Managing growth is about putting growth in the right places in order to manage impacts on existing communities, protect agricultural and rural lands, and nurture ecosystems and habitat. By putting growth in the right places we can provide connected and efficient services and infrastructure.
Goals of the Regional Growth Strategy
The RGS represents eight goal areas including complete communities, food systems, multi-modal transportation, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, climate change, local economy and growth management.
The CVRD adopted its Regional Growth Strategy in 2011 following three years of research, consultation and development. 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.
In December 2018, the CVRD Board gave third reading and adoption of a minor amendment to Section 5.2(4) in order to align with the process outlined in the Local Government Act (LGA). The amendment clarified the amendment process and updated LGA references.
- Review the RGS Sustainability Checklist
- Review Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 120
- Review Regional Growth Strategy Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 274
- Learn more about the Comox Valley Official Community Plan
- Staff Reports:
For more information contact Planning and Development Services or call 250-334-6000.