Regional Districts are most noted for providing general government administration, electoral area planning and solid waste management planning. The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is also responsible for voluntary services including water and waste water utilities, regional parks, solid waste services, protective services and noise control. A recent important undertaking has been the development of a Regional Growth Strategy, a long-term planning project that deals with growth management issues over a 20-year period for the South Okanagan area. The RGS is a collaborative process that includes ongoing consultation with the public, First Nations, local, regional, provincial, and federal governments.