What We Do
The Provincial Local Government Act requires local governments to review their regional growth strategies for possible amendment at least once every five years. As 2015 marked five years since the RGS was adopted, the RDOS conducted a review of the RGS to determine whether a "minor" or "major" update of the RGS was required.
The RDOS board made the recommendation to proceed with the minor amendment in December, 2015 and the project to carry out the work was launched in June, 2016 and completed by December, 2016.
The updated South Okanagan RGS does not include any new policies or policy directions, but has been reformatted and refined to improve its organization, improve the clarity of policies, and reduce redundancies.
Link: Proposed Bylaw Amendment No. 2421.02, 2016 - Schedule 'A' (Draft)
The South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy, Bylaw No. 2421, 2007, (RGS), adopted on April 1, 2010, is a long term planning document that deals with growth management issues over a 20 + year period for the South Okanagan. The RGS was developed over a six year period between 2004 and 2010 using a collaborative process that involved working with the public, First Nations, Local, regional, provincial and federal governments.
Ultimately, the RGS aims to ensure that growth in the south Okanagan takes place in a sustainable manner.
The area within which the RGS applies includes the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley and encompasses Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, “D”, “E” and “F” as well as the municipalities of Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland. The area is shown in Figure 1 below.
The RGS seeks collaboration from all local governments to look at their future holistically aiming to “promote human settlement that is socially, economically and environmentally healthy and that makes efficient use of public facilities and services, land and other resources” (Local Government Act, 428.1).