What We Do

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The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a long-term planning project that deals with growth management issues over a 20-year period for the south Okanagan. The South Okanagan RGS has been developed over the past five years using a collaborative process that involves ongoing work 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. To accomplish this, the South Okanagan RGS takes a "big picture" approach to planning which identifies and prioritizes goals across the region to meet common social, economic and evnironmental objectives. In doing so, the RGS examines regional issues such as air quality, water quality and supply, economic development, housing, transportation, parks and natural areas, and infrastructure planing.

Since its recent adoption, the RGS is entering the initial stages of implementation. Over the coming months and years, the RDOS will endeavour to engage south Okanagan communities and rural areas in order to further the implementation of the RGS. This work will involve updates to local official community plans to ensure consistency with the RGS and to address issues such as growth management boundary indentification.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the RGS, please contact Evelyn Riechert at (250) 490-4204 or at eriechert@rdos.bc.ca.

Link: South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy

Link:  Regional Growth Strategy Sustainability Checklist

News & Updates

April 1, 2010 -The RDOS Board resolved unanimously to adopt the Regional Growth Strategy! With the Strategy adopted, the initial stages of implementation will begin.

Link: April 1, 2010 Board Meeting Agenda

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March 18, 2010 - The RGS successfully received Third Reading! It is anticipated that the bylaw will proceed for adoption in April.

Link: Minutes of the Board meeting

Link: March 18, 2010 Board meeting agenda

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January 7, 2010 - RDOS Board received Public Hearing minutes and resolved to refer RGS to affected local governments for formal approval.

Link: Minutes of the Board meeting

Link: Staff Report

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December 8 & 9, 2009 - The RGS received very positive reviews at the two-night public hearing that concluded last night in Penticton. A total of approximately 80 members of the public attended the hearing that was convened in Oliver on December 8 and closed in Penticton on December 9.

Public Hearing Minutes

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October 22, 2009 - The RDOS Board resolved to amend the RGS bylaw to incorporate amendments. Two public hearings will be scheduled shortly.

Link: Minutes of the Board meeting

Link: Staff Report

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September 17, 2009 - The RDOS Board provided direction on two RGS issues: First Nations consultation and agricultural water allocation

Link: Minutes of the Board meeting

Link: Stafff Report

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September 3, 2009 - The RDOS Board provided direction on three RGS issues: St. Andrews as a growth area, rural growth and environmental protection.

Link: Minutes of the Board meeting

Link: Staff Report