Regional Growth Strategy

For more information, contact:

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Planning & Development Department
Telephone: (604) 894-6371
Toll-free: 1 (800) 298-7753
Email: planning@slrd.bc.ca
Fax: (604) 894-6526
Mail: PO Box 219, Pemberton, BC  V0N 2L0
In Person: 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a long-term strategic planning document, used to guide local government Official Community Plans and bylaws in regards to future growth in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. The RGS presents a 20-year vision for the livability of the region, and has been developed over multiple years through the collaborative efforts of local, regional, provincial, federal and First Nations governments, and the public. 

The SLRD RGS presents a high-level approach to planning which identifies and prioritizes goals across the region to meet common social, economic, and environmental objectives. It addresses regional issues such as land use, transportation, housing, economic development, social issues, ecological stewardship (air & water quality), parks and natural areas, and regional services. 

Adoption and Amendment

The SLRD Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1062 was adopted by the Regional District Board on the 28th day of June 2010.  

The RGS recently underwent a minor amendment process to reflect the accepted Regional Context Statements of member municipalities (District of Squamish, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Village of Pemberton, District of Lillooet), as well as a number of “housekeeping” amendments. The SLRD RGS Bylaw No. 1062, 2008, Amendment Bylaw 1356-2014 was adopted by the Regional District Board on January 28, 2015. 

Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw & Maps

Annual Monitoring and Reporting

The Local Government Act (LGA) requires annual monitoring and reporting of regional growth strategies.

Monitoring is the process of collecting information, analyzing trends and gauging progress toward goals. As stated in the RGS Bylaw, monitoring has two purposes – to measure progress in RGS implementation and to measure substantive improvements in the core conditions or results that are targeted by the RGS.

Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring Reports

RGS Steering Committee

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Steering Committee is comprised of the planning director, or another representative, of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), District of Lillooet (DoL), Village of Pemberton (VoP), Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), and District of Squamish (DoS), as well as the Regional Growth Strategies Manager for the Southern Interior region at the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD).

The RGS Steering Committee meets as needed, with the purpose to:

  • serve as a forum where regional and inter-municipal trends can be discussed, information shared, problems and opportunities identified, and solutions defined for issues of common concern;
  • guide the implementation of the Regional Growth Strategy; to advise the SLRD Board of Directors and member municipalities on Regional Growth Strategy issues/matters, including providing comments and recommendations to the Board/Councils on proposed Regional Growth Strategy amendments and development issues of regional, inter-municipal, and inter-agency significance; and,
  • serve as the intergovernmental advisory committee for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, when called upon.

RGS Steering Committee Terms of Reference 

Other Regional Planning Initiatives

Pemberton & Area C Sub-regional Land Use Planning Study

Lillooet Economic Opportunities Assessment

Also see the Economic Development Assessment, Strategy & Action Plan for the Northern SLRD.