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Regional Growth Strategy Review

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Surveys closed at 11:59 pm on May 10, 2019. Thank you for your input!

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We held three open houses throughout the North Okanagan. Thank you for attending and sharing your thoughts with us!

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How will my feedback be used?
All feedback including surveys, e-mails, letters, commentary at open houses and conversations with planning staff will be considered and reviewed in the drafting of new strategies for the Regional Growth Strategy.

The ultimate goal is to build upon and identify additional opportunities to meet the vision and goals of the RGS with input from the community at the forefront.

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Document Library

RDNO Regional Growth Strategy

RGS 5 Year Review Issues and Opportunities Paper

RGS 5 Year Review Terms of Reference

RGS Communications and Consultation Plan

New RGS Policies

Regional Growth Strategy Vision Statement

The Regional District of North Okanagan is a unique region that will continue to be recognized for its diverse natural habitats, robust economies, outstanding recreational opportunities and the high quality of urban and rural lifestyles provided in established communities.  As such the Regional Board will strive to conserve and enhance the very reasons that make the North Okanagan so attractive.


Following four years of community engagement and participation, the North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) was adopted by the Board of Directors on September 21, 2011. The Growth Strategy helps us plan for our future as a region by looking at topics such as housing, transportation and how we should grow.  The RGS currently contains Growth Area, Future Growth Area and Rural Protection Boundaries which are intended to guide land use planning processes by defining long term rural protection areas and boundaries that are not suitable for urban levels of development. The Growth Area Boundaries will be reviewed by a technical team of planners and other local government staff.

It is now time to review the RGS and make amendments to adapt to changes and anticipated future demands.  Based on the outcomes of the RGS monitoring and evaluation work, key topic areas were identified for needing additional attention or action. This is where you come in. We have identified challenges, and we would like to hear your thoughts on how we can work towards addressing those issues.

Some challenges with Housing Affordability and Availability include:

  • Percent of people in core housing need has remained the same (12%)-this number needs to decrease.
  • Housing availability is declining.
  • Housing Diversity is improving but not to the degree required by area residents.

The Housing Affordability and Availability survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!

Some challenges with the Environment include:

  • Since 2012, particulate matter levels have exceeded the BC Air quality Planning Goals threshold.
  • In 2010, the region saw a minor decrease over the 2007 baseline greenhouse gas emission levels, however, since we have a goal of a 15% reduction by 2020, our GHG’s will need to decrease significantly more.
  • Opportunities for Climate mitigation and adaption need to be considered.

The Environment survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!

Some challenges and positive results with Economic Development include:

  • Positive results - there has been a 3% increase in employment growth from 2011 to 2016. This is a significant improvement over the previous timeframe, wherein 2006-2011, employment growth experienced a 1.6% decline.
  • Diversification and distribution of jobs across sectors could be improved. Majority of jobs are in 1) Retail Trade 2) Construction 3) Manufacturing.
  • Need to review and include more specific strategies that identify local economic development opportunities within the region.

The Economic Development survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!

Some challenges with Active Transportation Infrastructure & Transit include:

  • Need to identify additional opportunities in our rural communities for active transportation infrastructure and alternative transit options (e.g. rideshare).
  • Identify opportunities to improve infrastructure that will increase transit ridership throughout the region. 

The Active Transportation Infrastructure & Transit survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!