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 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.
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.
Recent Amendment to RGS Section 5.2
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.
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