RGS, Long Term Plans & Studies


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.

Regional Growth Strategy (RGS)

In 2013, the Regional District adopted Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 2409 to provide the Regional District and our member municipalities an opportunity to “macro-plan” and cooperatively manage growth in the region. The RGS is not a land use plan, but a co-operative strategy for achieving a sustainable future for the region. It provides a framework for:

  1. Taking action on development and settlement issues by the regional district, its municipalities, and government agencies;
  2. Coordinating efficient use of land, public facilities, services, finances, and other resources over the next 20 years;
  3. Encouraging a variety of economic opportunities, land use choices, and quality of life attributes in an affordable/efficient way; and
  4. Ensuring our environment and natural amenities are protected and conserved as the region continues to develop.

Regional Growth Strategy

Fringe Area Policy Guidelines

The Fringe Areas Policy Guidelines, 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. The Fringe Areas Policy Guidelines were amended in September 2014. To view the current version of the Fringe Areas Policy Guidelines click here.

Lakeshore Development Guidelines (LDGs)

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.

Lakeshore Development Guidelines

South Thompson Settlement Strategy (STSS)

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.

South Thompson Settlement Strategy

Coquihalla Highway Corridor Special Planning Study

The Coquihalla Highway Corridor Special Planning Study, adopted in 1985, assesses the potential impact of the Coquihalla Highway on development throughout the Coquihalla Corridor. To view the Coquihalla Highway Corridor Special Planning Study click here.