Regional Growth Strategy Five Year Review

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.

On March 16, 2017, the CVRD hosted a public open house to obtain public input on the need to undertake a five year review of the RGS. Feedback from the open house will be provided to the CVRD board in order to assist the board in making a decision about whether to undertake a review. The board will make a decision later in 2017.

Information made available at the public open house

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.

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