The 2011 RGS notes that "questions have been raised about the ability of some of these areas to accommodate growth because of the significant costs associated with providing community sewer and water services". In recognition of these concerns, the RDN retained DIALOG with G.P. Rollo & Associates to conduct an objective, technical review of Rural Village Centres (RVCs).
The Rural Village Centre Study was completed in February 2013 and received by the RDN Board on March 26, 2013. The study fulfills RGS Policy 4.11 to undertake a study of Rural Village Centres in order to "identify those locations that have the most potential for evolving into mixed-use centres" with the following characteristics:
Including Dashwood and Deep Bay areas in the study allowed for them to be considered objectively as part of a technical, quantitative evaluation that shows how they perform relative to existing RVCs and within a larger regional growth management context. The study also provides potential implications of designating additional RVCs in Dashwood and Deep Bay upon neighbouring RVCs.
The study uses an evaluation framework to measure existing conditions in each area that reflect characteristics of complete, compact communities within a rural context. The criteria used for analysis were grouped into three categories: community structure/design and land use; development and market viability; and, water and sewage infrastructure.
The following documents provide information on the feedback received during engagement activities:
The RVC Study is an objective, technical evaluation that does not result in any immediate land use changes. Its purpose is to enable the RDN Board to make informed decisions about future land use and infrastructure provision that impact local communities and the region as a whole.
Should the RDN Board propose to make changes to Rural Village Centre boundaries in Official Community Plans and the RGS then this would require consultation opportunities for residents in the whole region as well as specific electoral area communities.
Other background information to support this project can be found in the Regional Growth Strategy, and under Relevant Documents on the RGS Website.