Regional District Planning
Planning in the regional district context deals with
cultural and heritage resources, economic development,
transportation and infrastructure.
Regional district planning is similar to municipal planning but with the following differences:
A RGS is a formal tool which has been used successfully in almost all of BC's
growth areas. Based on a time horizon of twenty years or longer, an RGS provides a
framework for the strategic level cooperation and coordination among regional districts,
municipalities and the province. It focuses on key issues that must be managed at a
regional scale, such as housing, transportation,
regional district services, parks and
natural areas and economic development. In addition a RGS must also cover social, economic
and environmental objectives, population and employment projects and a list of actions
required to meet the projected needs for the population.
A RGS normally covers the entire regional district. However, the minister can authorize
preparation at a sub-regional or
multi-regional district level.
There are also a variety of non-statutory mechanisms which regional districts use to
develop solutions to shared regional problems. These include
regional issues assessments,
co-ordinated community planning, inter-jurisdictional agreements and
Residents and other interested parties play an important role in deciding how their
community will develop by making their views know to their regional district. The
development of plans and bylaws usually provides opportunities for public consultation
through public hearings or other means. In addition, regional district boards can receive
recommendations from residents and others about land use planning issues by creating an
Advisory Planning Commission.