Client: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Date: 2015

EcoPlan, supported by the Arlington Group, was engaged to conduct a preliminary review of the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), which applies to the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley and includes the municipalities of Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland, and RDOS Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, “D”, “E”, and “F.” The project involved an assessment of the RGS indicator data tracked by RDOS and updated the population projections developed for the RGS based on more recent census data, and a line-by-line review of the strategy’s policy sections for clarity, consistency with related RGS goal areas, and redundancy. 
Based on the review, it was determined that there were significant opportunities to reorganize and improve the organization and structure of the RGS and to revise and edit RGS policies to improve clarity and reduce redundancy.