1999 Annual Report
The Growth Management Plan is a regional growth strategy. Reports on progress towards the achievement of the regional growth strategy vision and goals are prepared annually.
The Growth Management Plan is a blueprint for change. It challenges Citizens of the region to help create new ways of designing and building communities that resolve many present and anticipated problems. Ultimately, the future quality of life in the Regional District of Nanaimo depends upon each individual's choices of ways to live and travel, the degree of Involvement in the community and the willingness to change...
Growth Management Plan
Performance Review Committee
The Growth Management Plan for the Regional District of Nanaimo provides a regional framework for linking land use, environmental, economic, social, and transportation planning in the region. It is a blueprint for how we can work together to preserve and enhance the quality of life.
The Regional District of Nanaimo is required to prepare an annual report on progress towards the goals and objectives of the Growth Management Plan. The annual report is an opportunity to highlight the achievements and the challenges faced by the region in pursuit of managed growth.
Achievements made by the Regional District in 1999 in pursuit of a better quality of life include:
- Completion of official community plans for all areas of the region, with the adoption of the official community plans for Electoral Areas C and F.
- Meeting, head-on, pressure to develop urban-oriented, urban-type uses on less expensive rural land, inconsistent with rural protection.
- The designation of specific 'growth' areas for mixed-use development (e.g. village centres, neighbourhood centres, etc.)
- Continual pursuit of residents' viewpoints regarding how to best manage growth within individual communities. The amount, quality, and outcome of public consultation initiatives continues to improve.
- Significant efforts to protect the most vital aspects of the environment through the acquisition of better information and the tailoring of developments to the unique characteristics of the land.
faced by the Regional District in 1999 in pursuit of a better quality of life include:
- Many areas designated for nodal-type developments have not yet materialized. Work must be done to encourage these developments (e.g. more detailed plans, zoning packages, and other initiatives, etc.).
- Increasing the options for personal and vehicular movement within the region remains a significant challenge because of the existing form of development.
- Economic vitality and opportunity is lacking. There is a need to identify what the public envisions as viable economic development. A more regional economic focus would benefit the area. Diverse businesses that provide well-paying, satisfying employment opportunities should be pursued.
- Uncertainty remains regarding First Nations' treaty negotiations and their impact on the region.
The 1999 Annual Report is based on the Committee's assessment of indicators for Growth Management Plan policy achievement. Although many of the indicator assessments are based on qualitative information, a more comprehensive monitoring program that includes a balance of qualitative and quantitative information is scheduled to be developed.
The region is on the right path towards the better quality of life envisioned by the Growth Management Plan. If we remember to think regionally and act locally we will achieve our vision.
Performance Review Committee:
- Chair, Director George Holme
- Deputy Chair, Director Elaine Hamilton
- Chuck Gahr
- Frank Van Eynde
- Lawrence Hill
- John Nickson
- Terrence Knight
- Robert Jepson
- George Legg
- Donna Sweeney
- John Gayton,
- Maureen Young
- Christina Thomas
- Neil Connelly
Respectfully submitted, Growth Management Plan Performance Review Committee
Regional Planning Community Services
March 7, 2000
6300 Hammond Bay Road
PO Box 40
Lantzville, BC, V0R 2H0
Phone: 250-390-6510 or 954-3798