RDN updating regional growth strategy

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is inviting residents to provide input on land use, transportation, housing, climate mitigation and adaptation.

The feedback will used as part of an update to the regional district’s Regional Growth Strategy, meant to ensure alignment between community priorities and growth management in the region, according to a media release by the RDN.

“With the RDN experiencing continued growth, the Regional Growth Strategy update is a timely opportunity for residents to provide their input which is vital for developing a collective vision for a vibrant, healthy and sustainable region,” said Tyler Brown, RDN chair.

The Regional Growth Strategy is the region’s collective vision for how to manage change and growth over the next 20 years. Key elements include the creation of connected communities, protecting the environment and the efficient delivery of RDN services, such as public transit, recreation and utilities.

The RDN board adopted the current strategy, Shaping Our Future, in 2011. Legislation requires the RDN to consider when a Regional Growth Strategy needs updating. The board initiated the current review in 2018. Several studies have been completed to support the process, including the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, Social Needs Assessment and Transit Survey. 

For 2022, the focus will be on implementing the public engagement program and preparing the draft amendment bylaw. 

The public engagement includes meetings and workshops with key stakeholders, such as member municipalities and elected officials and the region-wide community survey. Once complete, the revised strategy will be called Shaping Our Future 2040 to reflect the long-term nature of a Regional Growth Strategy.

Residents can complete the survey by March 25 to be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card. They are also encouraged to register and subscribe to the strategy’s project page to receive project updates and submit questions.

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