When the former Comox Strathcona Regional District was restructured into two new entities, the new Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) was mandated to develop a regional growth strategy and a regional water strategy.
Regional growth strategy
Regional growth strategy adopted by the CVRD board March 29, 2011. The regional growth strategy (RGS) was created between 2008 and 2010 with an approved RGS policy document adopted March 29, 2011. All four Comox Valley local governments entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in July 2008, which provided interim management of planning and development initiatives until the RGS was adopted.
Regional water strategy
The province required that the CVRD establish a select committee – the Comox Valley water supply commission – to develop an overall regional water strategy that identifies all viable water sources to further provide a recommended water supply service plan and operating structure for a regional water supply system. In addition, the province has required that the CVRD develop plans, policies and actions related to regional water demand management and watershed protection. Wedler Engineering has been awarded the contract as project manager. The draft regional water supply strategy was sent to the provincial government for review in June 2010, and we are also awaiting comment and input from the member municipalities.
Regional sewer strategy
In April, the CVRD board directed that, subject to available financing, the existing sub-regional sewer master plan be expanded to align with the provincial initiatives for Comox Valley regional water and growth initiatives.
The Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy (CVSS) is a regional plan that creates new knowledge and leading approaches to sustainability for communities in the Comox Valley. The strategy will guide the policies and plans of regional and local governments. It will also recommend specific actions to be undertaken by a variety of partners, including community organizations. The CVSS is the result of collaboration between four local governments, input by dedicated community members, and review by the public and various government agencies.