The Growth Plan Update process, as per its Project Charter, uses an evidence-based approach, with an emphasis on critical core infrastructure, to guide regional growth. Following extensive data analysis and an exhaustive review of existing documents and policy, the task force is now leading a five phase collaborative process involving CRB members, municipal growth experts and stakeholders who care about our region’s future. This process began with the creation of a regional vision and will culminate at the end of 2015 with a finalized growth plan.
Since 2009, conditions in the Capital Region have changed. The region has experienced above average population and employment growth and is projected to double in 30 years to more than two million people and more than one million jobs.
The focus on core infrastructure provides a solid foundation on which to base regional growth decisions. Municipalities understand that infrastructure serves development and long-term prosperity.
The project has required significant data-gathering and analysis, beginning in 2014 with a thorough review of the current plan’s 10 assorted documents and a policy evaluation.
Through 2015 and 2016 the project is moving through five phases:
- Creation of a Regional Vision for Growth
- Exploration of different approaches to managing growth viaScenarios
- Policy Development
- Drafting of an Implementation Plan
- Refinement and Approval of the Final Growth Plan – the Growth Plan 2.0
The Growth Plan Update is being managed by a Task Force of CRB members that reports directly to the Capital Region Board.
The Task Force is supported by a Core Project Team of local, regional and national experts in the field of metropolitan growth.