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RDN strategic plan prioritizes protection of lands and water

Managing growth and advocating to provincial and federal governments other areas of focus
Regional District of Nanaimo directors passed their 2023-26 strategic plan this fall. (News Bulletin file photo)

A blueprint that will inform the Regional District of Nanaimo’s decision-making has received assent and will be in effect for the next four years.

A 2023-26 strategic plan was approved by the RDN board Sept. 26, following a three-month review, public consultation and meetings, stated a press release this week. The plan defines the regional district’s “vision, role and commitments and serves as the guiding document for the development and delivery of RDN programs.”

Five areas of focus were identified, said the press release: protecting RDN vital lands and ecosystems, managing impacts of climate change, planning and managing growth, ensuring water sources are managed and protected and promoting the RDN’s challenges and objectives to senior levels of government to elicit “appropriate response to critical issues.”

“The new strategic plan provides a clear vision and direction for the RDN board, enabling us to be proactive in addressing important opportunities and challenges in our region,” said Vanessa Craig, RDN chairperson, in the press release. “The plan supports the work we do with the public, our partners, and other levels of government to find solutions to the critical issues impacting our communities.”

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