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Implementation Through Action

Regional Growth Strategy Implementation

Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Bylaw No. 2500, 2011 was adopted by the Board of Directors on September 21, 2011 after receiving unanimous support from member municipal councils, the Electoral Area Advisory Committee and adjacent regional districts. One of the key implementation commitments within the RGS is the development of an implementation action plan which is updated on an annual basis.

Over the first 2 years of RGS implementation, 21 priority actions, initiatives and plans have been supported by the Board of Directors through an annual priority setting workshop. Many of these initiatives have been undertaken through partnerships with member municipalities, non-profit organizations and/or educational institutions.

Several of these actions have been concluded as of March 2014. Several other actions and initiatives will be ongoing until 2015.

This table below provides a summary of the progress of key RGS implementation actions that have been undertaken since September 2011. (P) indicates partnership initiatives that the Regional District contributed in-kind and/or financial support.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Program

In June 2012, the Regional District of North Okanagan, with the support of EcoPlan International (EPI), the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, began work on a program to monitor and evaluate the North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS). The monitoring and evaluation program includes both quantitative and qualitative indicators selected to track the implementation of the RGS and assess its effect on North Okanagan residents’ quality of life.

The result has been a comprehensive RGS monitoring and evaluation program that has applicability beyond regional planning. The following core documents of the program have been completed:

  1. RDNO Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring Program: Report on Program Development and Initial Results – This 24 page report summarizes program development, tools and outcomes.
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation Report – This 81 page report is a comprehensive analysis of indicator baselines and quality of life survey results.
  3. Quality of Life Survey Comments – This 161 page report provides all comments, by question and policy area, received from the quality of life survey.

The Regional District together with its planning and funding partners, has completed regional and inter-regional monitoring and evaluation reports.

The State of the Region and State of the Basin reports present a variety of indicators intended to help track progress on topics related to growth and change through-out the Okanagan Valley.

The Regional District will also release annual RGS progress reports that will include track RGS implementation.