Regional Context Statement

The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) looks out to 2040 and provides a framework on how to accommodate the 1.2 million people and 600,000 new jobs that are expected to come to Metro Vancouver in the next 30 years. It was adopted by the Metro Vancouver Board on July 29, 2011, after being unanimously accepted by all local governments in the region.

The Regional Context Statement, contained with the District of West Vancouver's Official Community Plan (OCP), demonstrates how the District's existing policies support the goals and strategies of the Regional Growth Strategy. All municipalities in Metro Vancouver are required to create and adopt Regional Context Statements that align with the Regional Growth Strategy.

The new statement is administrative in nature but, once drafted, will be included in the OCP. 

What's in the Updated RCS?

The updated draft RCS describes: 

  • how existing District policies are consistent with the Regional Growth Strategy, or how they will be made consistent over time 
  • what new policies will be required to respond to the goals and strategies of the Regional Growth Strategy

The draft OCP Amendment Bylaw which includes the proposed updated of the RCS includes:

  • a revised narrative to replace the existing RCS in the Framework for Action section of the OCP 
  • a Statement of Compliance indicating how each strategic direction of the Regional Growth Strategy is being addressed by the District 
  • a new Regional Land Use Designations Map depicting:
    • extent of ‘General Urban’ and ‘Conservation and Recreation’ designations
    • location of ‘Urban Containment Boundary’
    • boundaries of ‘Ambleside Municipal Town Centre’
    • location of ‘Local Centres’
    • boundaries of ‘Upper Lands Special Study Area’ (as designated in the RGS)
    • a map that identifies goods movement corridors within West Vancouver’s Transportation Network
Public Consultation

While this amendment is administrative in nature, and does not alter the intent or direction of the existing OCP, an appropriate public engagement process is necessary for any OCP amendment.  Residents of West Vancouver had an opportunity to learn about the proposed new Regional Context Statement and concurrent OCP amendments, and to ask questions and provide input.

Consultation on the draft amendment took place July through September 2014, and included:

  • opportunity to provide input through westvancouverITE
  • information displays at District venues in August and September
  • an open house in September 2014
Process and Timing


Adoption of a new Regional Context Statement requires an OCP Amendment.This type of OCP Amendment is administrative in scope in that it does not propose any substantive changes in local policy, and does not alter the intent or direction of the existing OCP. 

On June 16, 2014, the draft Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 4360, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4797, 2014 (which pertains to the revised RCS) was received by Council and referred for community consultation. 

Next Steps

July-September 2014: Public consultation (including Open House)

October 2014: Report to Council on results of consultation, and presentation of OCP Amendment Bylaw for First Reading

December 2014: Public Hearing

January 2015: Submission to Metro Vancouver Board for approval

March 2015: Final adoption


Planning & Development Services



What's the RCS?

The Regional Context Statement (RCS) is the policy tool that links West Vancouver's Official Community Plan (OCP) to Metro Vancouver's Regional Growth Strategy (RGS).