Comox Valley group seeking local government restructure

The Committee for Local Government Restructure of the Comox Valley (CLGRCV) believes now is the time to reinitiate the process of restructuring our local governments into one.

A CLGRCV proposal to the Minister of Community Services in 2006 asked for a restructure committee to start the process. That request was not granted, but the Comox-Strathcona Regional District was divided and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) created.

The CVRD was also mandated to develop and adopt several strategies, including a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS). The split and the studies were all logical steps towards further restructuring.

Now that these studies have more or less been completed and local elections are underway, pursuing the goal again seems timely.

Notwithstanding the adoption of the RGS, there will still be four separate and distinct OCPs rather than one that logically encompasses the whole Comox Valley. Differences between municipalities and electoral areas in their priorities for services and with regard to developments will continue.

To what degree one local government could provide more effective and efficient service for all citizens of the Valley can be determined only by an objective and thorough study.

The CLGRCV would work with the new local governments to request that a restructure committee be formed to direct a study to examine the feasibility, advisability, and ramifications of restructuring our local governments into one.

The CLGRCV’s vision is a Comox Valley with all its citizens united under one government, working to achieve sound planning and responsible governance that respects and preserves the valued characteristics and environment of the Valley.

— Committee for Local Government Restructure of the Comox Valley

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