Regional Growth Strategy Review

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 The RGS review is focused on select land use and servicing policies; the criteria for a minor amendment; and a review of select RGS Indicators. As well, the review will include updating required information (i.e. demographics) and general housekeeping amendments.

As of February 2018, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is updating the Regional Growth Strategy: Shaping Our Future. The update is intended to improve select policy areas (such as housing affordability) and to update performance measures, demographic information and changes in legislation since the strategy was last updated in 2011. The updated strategy, anticipated to be completed in 2021, will be called Shaping Our Future: 2041.

Shaping Our Future: 2041 will represent the collective vision for how our region will change and grow to accommodate an estimated 193,000 people and 80,598 jobs over the next 20 years.

Join in and help us achieve our goal

Affected local governments, stakeholders such as water and improvement districts, land owners interested in development now or in the future and local residents are invited to learn and provide feedback about what the RDN is proposing to change to harmonize and strengthen select policy areas.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback on the pending draft

Please register (tab at the top right of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications.

  • Please explore this webpage to find out more. Read the reports in the document library. Content will be added as the project progresses.
  • Provide your feedback on the drafts to jschile@rdn.bc.ca.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

As of February 2018, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is updating the Regional Growth Strategy: Shaping Our Future. The update is intended to improve select policy areas (such as housing affordability) and to update performance measures, demographic information and changes in legislation since the strategy was last updated in 2011. The updated strategy, anticipated to be completed in 2021, will be called Shaping Our Future: 2041.

Shaping Our Future: 2041 will represent the collective vision for how our region will change and grow to accommodate an estimated 193,000 people and 80,598 jobs over the next 20 years.

Join in and help us achieve our goal

Affected local governments, stakeholders such as water and improvement districts, land owners interested in development now or in the future and local residents are invited to learn and provide feedback about what the RDN is proposing to change to harmonize and strengthen select policy areas.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback on the pending draft

Please register (tab at the top right of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications.

  • Please explore this webpage to find out more. Read the reports in the document library. Content will be added as the project progresses.
  • Provide your feedback on the drafts to jschile@rdn.bc.ca.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

  • RDN Board Approves the Regional Housing Needs Report

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    11 days ago

    As part of the update of the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS): Sharing Our Future, the RDN launched a study to better understand the current and future housing needs of the region. The Regional Housing Needs Report (HNR) is a reporting process to collect and analyze community data on current and anticipated housing needs in our communities that is developed in collaboration with our regional partners and key stakeholders.

    The HNR findings indicate that despite some progress over the last 8 years, housing affordability remains a persistent concern across the region. Current and future housing needs will consistently require a range of housing options with strengthened linkages between housing and transportation to effectively manage growth and facilitate overall affordability.

    Visit the document library to read the Regional Housing Needs Report.

    As part of the update of the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS): Sharing Our Future, the RDN launched a study to better understand the current and future housing needs of the region. The Regional Housing Needs Report (HNR) is a reporting process to collect and analyze community data on current and anticipated housing needs in our communities that is developed in collaboration with our regional partners and key stakeholders.

    The HNR findings indicate that despite some progress over the last 8 years, housing affordability remains a persistent concern across the region. Current and future housing needs will consistently require a range of housing options with strengthened linkages between housing and transportation to effectively manage growth and facilitate overall affordability.

    Visit the document library to read the Regional Housing Needs Report.

  • Regional Housing Needs Study is Underway!

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    over 1 year ago

    In December 2018, the RDN initiated a regional housing study. The purpose o the project is to gather applicable information, a mix of statistical information and stakeholder input, to provide an comprehensive picture of the region's housing needs of today and of tomorrow. This project will build on past knowledge and supplement these studies with new analysis and data. The results will then be used to update and inform the RGS policies regarding the character and location of housing needed to support livability throughout the region.

    The outcomes of the study are expected in the Spring 2020 and are intended...

    In December 2018, the RDN initiated a regional housing study. The purpose o the project is to gather applicable information, a mix of statistical information and stakeholder input, to provide an comprehensive picture of the region's housing needs of today and of tomorrow. This project will build on past knowledge and supplement these studies with new analysis and data. The results will then be used to update and inform the RGS policies regarding the character and location of housing needed to support livability throughout the region.

    The outcomes of the study are expected in the Spring 2020 and are intended to help advance the RGS Goal 6: Facilitate the provision of appropriate, adequate, attainable, affordable and adaptable housing and align with the soon to be adopted Provincial requirements for local governments to prepare housing capacity assessments.

    For more details of on-going RDN's Affordable Housing Initiatives, please visit the RDN webpage










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  • RGS Review scope expanded to include affordable housing policies

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    over 1 year ago

    The 2017 RGS Annual Report identified a shift in progress in RGS Goal 6, which is intended to increase the portion of households living in housing that meets their needs. As a result, the RDN Board approved the recommendation to include the current policies relating to affordable housing in the RGS Review.

    As a discrete component of the review, it is anticipated that the RDN, in collaboration with the member municipalities, electoral areas and select stakeholders, will undertake a Regional Housing Capacity Assessment and Gap Analysis. The project will be initiated in early 2019 and once completed the results will...

    The 2017 RGS Annual Report identified a shift in progress in RGS Goal 6, which is intended to increase the portion of households living in housing that meets their needs. As a result, the RDN Board approved the recommendation to include the current policies relating to affordable housing in the RGS Review.

    As a discrete component of the review, it is anticipated that the RDN, in collaboration with the member municipalities, electoral areas and select stakeholders, will undertake a Regional Housing Capacity Assessment and Gap Analysis. The project will be initiated in early 2019 and once completed the results will be made publically available as part of the on-going RGS Review.

  • RGS Consultation Plan Endorsed by the RDN Board

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    almost 2 years ago

    At the July 24, 2018 regularly scheduled RDN Board meeting the Board adopted the RGS Consultation Plan.

    The Plan 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 Framework into the implementation of the plan, whereby, "Anyone likely to be affected by a decision … have opportunities for input into that decision".

    At the July 24, 2018 regularly scheduled RDN Board meeting the Board adopted the RGS Consultation Plan.

    The Plan 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 Framework into the implementation of the plan, whereby, "Anyone likely to be affected by a decision … have opportunities for input into that decision".