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Comox Valley Regional District board chooses 2022 priorities

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The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board has decided its priorities for 2022.

The board’s main drivers to make sure goals for the community are met include financial responsibility, environmental stewardship, community wellbeing, and Indigenous relations.

The board announced the following priorities for the upcoming year:

Regional growth strategy – present a scoping study on options, implications, and recommendations for a review of the regional growth strategy.

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Airshed roundtable – develop a regional action plan on air quality.

Sustainable services for the south – pursue essential services for southern communities, including a water master plan and collaborative sewer strategy.

Agriculture planning – support rural economic development and agricultural opportunities, including community grant programs and food hub feasibility.

Watershed stewardship advocacy – work towards water stewardship across jurisdictions including the completion of a rural areas stewardship study.

Emergency resilience – further develop regional emergency response capacity, particularly related to climate change impacts through the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program and the FireSmart Chipper Program.

Recreation services – focus on strategic planning, partnerships, and facility upgrades through enhanced asset management.

Regional climate adaptation and mitigation – prioritize actions the CVRD can undertake to respond to impacts from climate change and communicate out to the community.

“While strategic planning is an administrative process, it very much affects how the CVRD delivers on community priorities to implement taxpayer funded programs,” said CVRD board chair Jesse Ketler. “This process directly drives our program planning, grant applications, and delivery of our core services, including how we allocate staff and budgets throughout the year.”

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