The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1062, 2008 (RGS) was adopted by the SLRD Board on the 28th day of June 2010. The purpose of a regional growth strategy under the Local Government Act is 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." Most of BC’s high growth regions – comprising 83 percent of the population – are using regional growth strategies to manage population change and guide decision-making and collaboration.
The RGS is an initiative of the SLRD (Electoral Areas B, C, and D), District of Lillooet, Village of Pemberton, Resort Municipality of Whistler and the District of Squamish; it provides a broad policy framework describing the common direction that the regional district and member municipalities will follow in promoting development and services which are sustainable, recognizing a long term responsibility for the quality of life for future generations.
The RGS presents a 20-year vision for the livability of the region, and supports collaboration across jurisdictions out to 2025 and beyond.
Regional Growth Strategy
The RGS sets out goals and strategic directions to guide the future growth of the region and provides a land use framework for planning and action on common social, economic and environmental objectives.
Successful implementation of the RGS depends on cooperation between the SLRD and member municipalities, and the ability of local plans, policies and programs to contribute to the regional planning goals identified in the RGS.