Changes Reflected in the 2011 RGS
The RDN initiated a comprehensive review of the RGS in 2007 which included extensive public engagement during 2008-2009. Based on the input received from the public, RDN Board and member municipalities, four broad areas for improvement were identified:
- Sustainability principles,
- Strengthening existing policies, and
- Expanding the content of the RGS to address a broader range of sustainability challenges.
Within these four areas, the new 2011 RGS includes the following changes aimed at meeting the sustainability challenges facing the region:
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- A set of clearly stated sustainability principles.
- A clear and transparent process for considering and making changes to the RGS.
- More detail on how the RGS is to be implemented, including regular public reporting on progress made in moving toward RGS goals.
- Direction for the RDN and its member municipalities on their roles in:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy use, and improving air quality.
- Supporting the provision of affordable housing.
- Supporting farming and food production.
- Coordinating land use planning with transportation planning.
- Determining how designated growth areas will be serviced.
- Coordinating sustainable economic development with land use planning, transportation planning and planning for utility infrastructure.
- Creating complete, compact communities.
- Providing education and awareness activities that will support and explain the RGS and its sustainability objectives.