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Regional Growth Strategy and the Dispute Resolution Process

REGIONAL GROWTH STRATEGY MEDIATION PUBLIC UPDATE

The Regional Growth Strategy Dispute Resolution Mediation was held December 6 – 7, 2017.  The Capital Regional District board will consider a staff report on the mediation at its January 10, 2018  meeting.

For further information on the mediation process please visit the Capital Regional District website.

 

OVERVIEW

On February 2, 2017 the District of North Saanich along with six other local governments (District of Central Saanich, District of Highlands, District of Saanich,  City of Colwood, Township of Esquimalt, and Town of View Royal)  rejected the 2016 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) (Bylaw 4017 “Capital Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1, 2016”) proposed by the Capital Regional District (CRD) and have now entered a dispute resolution process as directed by the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development as requested by the Capital Regional Board (CRD Board). Joining the rejecting municipalities as participants are the District of Metchosin, District of Sooke, and the City of Victoria.

All municipalities must accept the RGS amending bylaw before it can be adopted. The Local Government Act (section 436) sets out requirements for municipal acceptance. The timelines, inputs, key decision points and decision-makers are set out in legislation and can be found in sections 439-441 of the Local Government Act and in the Regional Growth Strategies Regulation (BC Reg 192/98) attached to the January 20, 2017 staff report.

The Regional Growth Strategy relates to the following District of North Saanich strategic priorities:
     Protect and Enhance Rural, Agricultural, Heritage, Marine and Environmental Resources

 

The District of North Saanich seeks to ensure there are sufficient objectives and targets with respect to reduced development pressures contained in the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) which would strengthen the protection of rural communities and protect and represent the community’s and region’s agricultural interests in food supply and security.

The Regional Growth Strategy advances the following District of North Saanich strategic plan goals:

  The agricultural community preserved and enhanced.
  A vibrant and sustainable agricultural economy advanced.
  Effective governance and leadership promoted and practices.
  Climate change impacts mitigated.

 

For further information on the RGS referral and dispute resolution process the following staff reports are provided:

2017  
  Staff Report (Jan 20/17): Bylaw 4017 “Capital Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1, 2016” Formal Referral 2017-01-23 Special Council
2016  
  Staff Report (Dec 2/16): Bylaw 4017 “Capital Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1, 2016” 2016-12-12 COW Meeting
  Staff Report (Aug 16/16): Bylaw 4017 “Capital Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. I 2016” — Food and Agriculture Section and CRD Draft Food and Agriculture Strategy 2016-09-12 COW Meeting
  Staff Report (Aug 8/16): Bylaw 4107 "Capital Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 12016 - Food and Agriculture Section and CRD Draft Food and Agriculture Strategy 2016-08-15 Council Meeting
  Staff Report (May3/16): Capital Regional District Informal Referral Regional Growth Strategy (v. 5 March 2016) 2016-05-09 COW Meeting
  Presentation: CRD Draft 2016 Regional Growth Strategy (April 18/16) 2016-04-18 Council Meeting
  Staff Report 2 (Apr 12/16): CRD Informal Referral Regional Growth Strategy 2016-04-18 Council Meeting
  Staff Report (Feb 3/16): CRD Proposed Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) & Agricultural Policies - For Information 2016-02-22 COW Meeting

 

For further information please contact the Planning and Community Services department at 250-655-5470.