How can a Regional Growth Strategy be used to take action on climate change?

An effective regional growth strategy guides growth in a way that minimizes emissions through efficient use of land and water resources, infrastructure and transportation systems.  In addition, maintaining greenspace serves to maximize CO2 sequestration alongside providing other environmental, social and economic benefits.

While unplanned regional growth can set a permanent pattern of land development and emissions performance that can be difficult to change, a well-developed RGS and well-planned growth can bring benefits such as:

  • more cost-effective infrastructure servicing;
  • reduced transportation problems
  • better air quality and reduced emissions; 
  • protected green space and local agricultural capacity; 
  • more secure watersheds and aquifers; 
  • greater success for businesses in communities due to increased density of customers and workers; 
  • a greater diversity of housing
  • healthier residents due to increases in walking and cycling opportunities; 
  • a more coordinated approach to development and decision-making; 
  • better managed public and development industry expectations; and 
An RGS can guide land use across a region to:
  • protect an interlinked web of sensitive natural areas, agricultural lands and key resource lands, including forested areas that can play a role in CO2 sequestration; 
  • shape growth and economic development areas in compact and linear forms that can be efficiently serviced with roads, infrastructure and transit where possible; and 
  • set a direction for “complete community land use patterns” that create the highest density and diversity of land uses possible in each community.