The CVRD is developing Cowichan 2050, a regional, integrated planning strategy that involves new levels of consultation and collaboration between local governments (staff and elected officials) and communities in the region.
The strategy is providing a comprehensive overview of the social, environmental, and economic forces shaping the region. It will also provide insights into how local governments within the Cowichan Valley can best collaborate with regional stakeholders and partners to better manage the growth of our region.
There have been multiple opportunities for the public to engage with the Cowichan 2050 process, including through the Place-Making Vancouver Island speaker series. To watch the past speaker series events and interviews with guest speakers visit the CVRD Youtube Channel.
Economic Development Cowichan has been actively involved with the creation of Cowichan 2050, which is both a regional planning framework and a commitment for the various jurisdictions within the boundaries of the CVRD to work together more effectively.
The Cowichan 2050 initiative recognizes that the region is changing. With a 4.5% population increase from 2011 to 2016 growth has been steady, particularly in places like Cowichan Bay, Ladysmith, and Lake Cowichan where growth has been nearly double this rate. The economy has been shifting away from forestry towards service and retail sectors. Demographics are changing, housing costs are rising, and people are increasingly experiencing climate change impacts. These changes are putting rising demands on management of water resources, infrastructure investments, and land use decision-making, among other local government responsibilities. A regionally coordinated approach can offer a more effective and efficient way to respond to these challenges.
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