What is a Regional Growth Strategy?

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a strategic plan adopted by the RDN Board that directs long-term planning for sustainable growth in the region. It is a commitment made by member municipalities and electoral areas to collaborate and ensure sustainable growth management by taking into account shared services, our unique natural environment and available resources.

Why review the RGS?

The Local Government Act sets requirements for regional districts with adopted regional growth strategies to consider whether the strategy must be reviewed for possible amendments, at least every five years. Since the last RGS review was conducted more than six years ago, staff initiated a preliminary review that indicated a few policy areas in need of updating. These areas relate to select land use and servicing and housing policies as well as updates to the RGS indicators/targets and demographic information since the last census period (2016).

Will I be consulted?

The RGS Consultation Plan (located in the document library) outlines the legislative requirements to consult, and the region wide approach in which those interested and affected will be provided opportunities to comment on the proposed amendments. This is achieved by incorporating the Guiding Principles of the RDN Public Consultation/Communication Framework1 into the implementation of the plan, whereby, “Anyone likely to be affected by a decision … have opportunities for input into that decision”.

The RGS Review consultation, while placing a priority on stakeholder engagement, also provides numerous opportunities for the broader community to be involved. The will make use of the RDN Get Involved, social media, media releases, newspaper ads, and newsletters. Additionally, RDN planning staff are available for meetings and anybody who wants to be involved will have an opportunity to provide input either electronically or directly through staff.

What is a Housing Capacity Assessment?

Also known as a housing needs assessment, this project is designed to evaluate the housing supply and needs against the Housing Continuum to identify gaps. The Continuum is a visual concept that illustrates the broad spectrum of housing types and forms both market and non-market housing. For further details, visit the BC Housing website: https://bit.ly/2DVi4GK

The results of this assessment will inform the RGS policies regarding the characteristics and location of housing needs to support livability throughout the region, particularly in the municipalities and rural village centres.

This assessment is an important first step towards the establishment of a strategic, regional approach to housing.