Supplementing Official Community Plans, the TNRD has various plans, studies and policy documents that provide additional guidance for certain areas or issues. These include the Lakeshore Development Guidelines, the Fringe Areas Policy, the Coquihalla Highway Corridor Planning Study, and the South Thompson Settlement Strategy.
In 1995, BC adopted the Growth Strategies Amendment Act to provide regional districts and their member municipalities an opportunity to “macro-plan” and co-operatively manage regional growth. The TNRD became the first regional district to pursue a RGS under the new legislation. The RGS is not a land use plan, but a co-operative strategy for achieving a sustainable future for the region.
The RGS provides a framework for:
- Taking action on development and settlement issues by the regional district, its municipalities, and government agencies;
- Coordinating efficient use of land, public facilities, services, finances, and other resources over the next 20 years;
- Encouraging a variety of economic opportunities, land use choices, and quality of life attributes in an affordable/efficient way; and
- Ensuring our environment and natural amenities are protected and conserved as the region continues to develop.
- Regional Growth Strategy
- Regional Growth Strategy 2015 Monitoring Report
- Regional Growth Strategy 2017 Monitoring Report
The Fringe Areas Policy Paper, originally adopted in 1984, sets out policies to address land on the periphery of municipalities. These lands are often subject to more intense development pressures due to the proximity to urban centres; availability of undeveloped land; and opportunity for a rural lifestyle.
In 2004, the TNRD implemented the LDGs in response to current and anticipated increase of lakeside residential and commercial development. The lakeside is recognized as both an extremely valuable asset and a highly sensitive riparian zone requiring careful development and ongoing management. The LDG are intended to improve our ability to handle the growing development pressure on TNRD lakes and protect water quality. The Guidelines are based largely in response to issues identified through public consultation, and input from government agencies, interest groups, and our Board.
The STSS was established in 2002 as a long term planning policy to balance anticipated settlement pressures and the many other important values in the South Thompson valley. More specifically, the STSS mandate was to undertake a strategic review of the South Thompson valley in collaboration with various stakeholders and in a manner which addresses the following factors:
- protect the unique character and significance of the valley;
- accommodate potential urban growth within the City of Kamloops and the Village of Chase;
- integrate highway, utility corridor and settlement planning;
- identify appropriate range and location of settlement opportunities;
- balance environmental stewardship with economic activity;
- establish appropriate levels of servicing;
- identify and protect sensitive lands and resource values; and
- protect and enhance water quality.