REGIONAL GROWTH STRATEGY MEDIATION PUBLIC UPDATE
The Capital Regional District Board approved a revised draft RGS bylaw (“2018 RGS Bylaw 4017”) 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 growth management, water servicing, climate action, food systems and transportation. As per provincial legislation, adoption of the RGS bylaw requires acceptance by all municipal councils within the capital region. The approved revised draft RGS has been referred to municipal councils for acceptance. The Board may only adopt the RGS as bylaw once accepted by all municipal councils. The District of North Saanich Council accepted the revised draft RGS at its January 22, 2018 meeting.
For further information on the mediation process please visit the Capital Regional District website.
All municipalities have two years upon final approval of the CRD Board of the “2018 RGS Bylaw 4017” to amend their Official Community Plan Regional Context Statement for consistency with the “2018 RGS Bylaw 4017”.
The District of North Saanich’s Official Community Plan Regional Context Statement (RCS) (OCP Section 16) demonstrates how the District is consistent or working towards consistency with the RGS. The District will work towards aligning its OCP Regional Context Statement with the “2018 RGS Bylaw 4017” upon CRD approval.
The purpose of the Regional Growth Strategy is to help realize the region’s vision, through the commitment of the Capital Regional District, the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area and local municipalities to guide growth and change toward common objectives:
|1.||Significantly reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions;||6.||Create safe and complete communities;|
|2.||Keep urban settlement compact;||7.||Improve housing affordability;|
|3.||Protect the integrity of rural communities;||8.||Increase transportation choice;|
|4.||Protect, conserve and manage ecosystem health;||9.||Strengthen the regional economy; and|
|5.||Deliver services consistent with RGS objectives;||10.||Foster a resilient food and agriculture system.|
For further information on the draft “2018 RGS Bylaw 4017” referrals and mediation process the following staff reports are provided:
For further information please contact the Planning and Community Services department at 250-655-5470.