RGS Review 2020

Project Overview:

Regional Growth Strategies are long-term plans that articulate a Board’s vision for future regional growth. They promote sustainable growth, ensure alignment between Official Community Plans, and provide guidance on important regional and local land use decisions.

The South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) encompasses the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley and includes RDOS Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “F”, and “I” as well as the municipalities of Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland.

The 2020-2021 South Okanagan RGS update project will result in a reviewed and updated Regional Growth Strategy document that includes a reviewed and updated vision and goals, policies, mapping, a new implementation section. The overarching goal of this project is to increase the value and applicability of the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy for the District and its member municipalities. 


The Local Government Act (LGA) establishes the purpose of a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS): “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.” The LGA requires any regional district with an RGS to consider once every five years whether an RGS review is required. Since the RDOS Board adopted the RGS in 2010 and initiated its last minor review in 2015, 2020 is considered a suitable time to begin this review process.

Through a competitive Request for Proposals process, a qualified and experienced consultant team will work with RDOS staff to facilitate a focused review and update process, community engagement, refreshed regional data, RGS policies and growth area review, and development of a new implementation framework.

Who will be involved?

The RGS Review project will rely upon the input of the RGS Technical Advisory Committee (made up of senior Planning staff from the RDOS, Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, and Osoyoos), as well as the RDOS’s Planning and Development Committee which consists of RDOS Board members.

Community engagement is an important part of this project, and the project team will be reaching out for your input and feedback. Engagement opportunities will be sensitive current COVID-19 environment, and we will work to ensure that your voice is heard while taking precautions to mitigate any risks related to the  pandemic.

Project Timeframe:

The estimated schedule for completing this project is as follows, with completion anticipated in November, 2021:

Key Tasks


Award to Successful Proponent & project start-up meetings.

August 2020

Review RGS vision & goals.

September - October 2020

Review RGS policies and growth areas. Community engagement (input phase).  

November 2020 – May 2021

Develop implementation section.

May - July 2021

Draft final document. Community engagement (feedback phase).  

August – September 2021

Final Presentations to Board, Councils & Public Open Houses.

October - November 2021

Related Documents:

The following material is available online to assist in the preparation of Proposals. Each document is hyperlinked:


Contact Us!

For additional information, or to submit comments, please contact:

Fiona Titley
Planner I