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Regional Growth Strategy


The Capital Regional District Board adopted the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) bylaw at its March 14, 2018 meeting.

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;
  2. Keep urban settlement compact;
  3. Protect the integrity of rural communities;
  4. Protect, conserve and manage ecosystem health;
  5. Deliver services consistent with RGS objectives;
  6. Create safe and complete communities;
  7. Improve housing affordability;
  8. Increase transportation choice;
  9. Strengthen the regional economy; and
  10. Foster a resilient food and agriculture system.

Regional Context Statement Update

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. 

Staff brought the proposed amended RCS to Council in a staff report in October 2019. It was given first and second reading and has been referred to the CRD Board for acceptance, as well as the Community Planning Commission, the Community Stewardship Commission, and the Community Agricultural Commission for comment, and the following external agencies for comment and recommendations:  

  • Agricultural Land Commission
  • Tseycum First Nation
  • Pauquachin First Nation
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • School District No. 63
  • Town of Sidney
  • District of Central Saanich
  • Victoria Airport Authority

Once the CRD Board has accepted the RCS, the OCP may proceed to public hearing and to third reading and adoption, given that no amendments to the RCS are required as a result of the CRD review and North Saanich public hearing.

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For further information please contact the Planning and Community Services department.

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