The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved a revised draft Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) at its January 10, 2018 meeting. Approval of the revised draft follows a successful mediation process, underway since February 2017, to resolve disputed provisions related to managing growth, water servicing, climate action, food systems and transportation.
“I am very happy to refer this RGS document to municipal councils for acceptance,” says CRD Board Chair Steve Price. “The revisions seek to address the interests of all the parties, and set the stage for how the region will approach future growth.”
Adoption of the RGS bylaw requires all municipalities within the capital region to approve the growth strategy. Mediation was triggered in February 2017 when seven municipalities refused to accept the RGS. Provincial legislation provides specific dispute resolution mechanisms to settle an RGS that does not receive unanimous municipal acceptance.
“The mediation process was a very positive experience” says Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks. “I hope that all councils will support the mediation compromise that came out of the process so we can put this dispute behind us.”
The solutions generated by mediation focused on seven topic areas: vision / population projections, economic development, climate action, transportation, food systems, growth management and water servicing. Solutions included revised policy provisions, updated mapping and population projections, updated content related to food systems and climate action, and terminology edits.
The next step in the process is a 60-day referral of the document to municipal councils for acceptance. Should all councils accept the revised document, the Board may adopt the RGS as bylaw.
The RGS bylaw will update the existing growth strategy, adopted in 2003. The RGS guides decisions on regional issues, provides population and employment projections to the year 2038 and updates policy regarding water servicing, growth management, the environment and infrastructure, housing and community, transportation and economic development. The 2018 RGS also provides new policy regarding food systems and climate action.
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