Policy 5.13 of the RGS aims to address this issue by allowing Official Community Plans to include polices that allow for alternative forms of rural development suitable for the electoral areas of the Regional District of Nanaimo. The intent is that alternate forms of rural development will result in less rural sprawl, reduced fragmentation of ecological systems and more sustainable forms of rural residential subdivisions. Key components of this policy are: that overall density and the total number of new lots are not increased; and, residual lands are protected in perpetuity for agricultural, forestry, conservation or other public good purposes.
In order to help implement this policy, the RDN initiated an assessment of alternative forms of rural development that would be consistent with this policy.
IPS has completed a report with the final recommendations for the alternative forms of rural development options, as modified in response to the comments received during the community consultation process. Below is a link to the final document:
That the report titled 'Alternative Forms of Rural Development' be received.