Our Regional Growth Strategy

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a shared vision for managing growth and community impacts in our diverse urban and rural neighbourhoods. It is a commitment made by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Village of Cumberland to work together to promote communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come. The RGS is implemented within each community through local Official Community Plans, Infrastructure Plans, and regulatory tools such as zoning.

Managing growth is more than creating urban boundaries, preventing urban sprawl and deciding where different land uses will be located. Managing growth is about putting growth in the right places in order to manage impacts on existing communities, protect agricultural and rural lands, and nurture ecosystems and habitat. By putting growth in the right places we can provide connected and efficient services and infrastructure.

The RGS provides a framework for long-term planning and decision making by outlining eight key goals:

To ensure the needs of Comox Valley residents are met through affordable and accessible housing, transportation and community services enabled by thoughtful community design.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To support the local agricultural and aquaculture sectors and increase local food security.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To develop an accessible, efficient and affordable multi-modal transportation network connecting communities of all sizes in the Comox Valley.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:

  • Transit Plan
  • Multi-modal Transportation Gap Analysis (coming soon!)


To minimize regional greenhouse gas emissions and plan for adaptation.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To protect, steward and enhance our natural environment and ecological systems.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To support a high quality of life through the protection and enhancement of community health, safety and well-being.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To achieve a sustainable, resilient and dynamic local economy that supports local businesses.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To direct growth to exiting core settlement areas and protect rural areas in order to create the right conditions for affordable, effective and efficient public services that conserve land, water and energy.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a shared vision for managing growth and community impacts in our diverse urban and rural neighbourhoods. It is a commitment made by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Village of Cumberland to work together to promote communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come. The RGS is implemented within each community through local Official Community Plans, Infrastructure Plans, and regulatory tools such as zoning.

Managing growth is more than creating urban boundaries, preventing urban sprawl and deciding where different land uses will be located. Managing growth is about putting growth in the right places in order to manage impacts on existing communities, protect agricultural and rural lands, and nurture ecosystems and habitat. By putting growth in the right places we can provide connected and efficient services and infrastructure.

The RGS provides a framework for long-term planning and decision making by outlining eight key goals:

To ensure the needs of Comox Valley residents are met through affordable and accessible housing, transportation and community services enabled by thoughtful community design.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To support the local agricultural and aquaculture sectors and increase local food security.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To develop an accessible, efficient and affordable multi-modal transportation network connecting communities of all sizes in the Comox Valley.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:

  • Transit Plan
  • Multi-modal Transportation Gap Analysis (coming soon!)


To minimize regional greenhouse gas emissions and plan for adaptation.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To protect, steward and enhance our natural environment and ecological systems.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To support a high quality of life through the protection and enhancement of community health, safety and well-being.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To achieve a sustainable, resilient and dynamic local economy that supports local businesses.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:


To direct growth to exiting core settlement areas and protect rural areas in order to create the right conditions for affordable, effective and efficient public services that conserve land, water and energy.

Key strategies/projects/initiatives:

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  • Given the recent increase in provincial incentives for electric bike purchases, are we looking at providing more secure bike lockups with charging available?

    Gregoryjabbott Asked about 2 months ago

    Hello Gregory, thank you for your question. One of the objectives of the Regional Growth Strategy is to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to increase active transportation options. To achieve this objective, the Comox Valley Regional District secured a grant from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to create at Active Transportation Plan. The Plan will review the existing active transportation network and identify opportunities for improvement such as secure bike lock ups or charging stations.