Regional Growth Strategy

The Regional Growth Strategy is a strategic plan adopted by the RDN Board that defines a regional vision for sustainable growth. It is a commitment made by affected municipalities and regional districts to a course of action involving shared social, economic and environmental goals.

The RGS aims to establish a more sustainable pattern of population growth and development in the region over a twenty-five year period by encouraging and directing most new development in the region within designated Growth Containment Boundaries, thereby keeping urban settlement compact, protecting the integrity of rural and resource areas, protecting the environment, increasing servicing efficiency, and retaining mobility within the region.

On November 22, 2011, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Board adopted "Regional District of Nanaimo Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1615". This document replaced the 2003 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) and represents the second time that the RGS has been fully reviewed and updated since it was first adopted in 1997. Click here to learn more about the steps involved in reviewing and updating the document.

The adoption of the 2011 RGS will help the RDN Board achieve its vision for a more sustainable region. The updated RGS reflects community priorities and legislative changes by addressing a broader range of sustainability goals and policies including; economic development, groundwater protection, food security, affordable housing and climate change.

The RGS identifies a number of implementation actions that will help meet the goals and policies. Click here to learn more about the Implementation of the RGS.