Fresh off the Wire
Download the Together Shuswap /Secwepemc Workshop Report. The Together Shuswap /Secwepemc workshop series is organized to facilitate dialogue and actions that improve the quality of life for Shuswap residents.
You’re Planning Smart – We’re Here to Help
Could you use a helping hand? Consider enhanced planning services offered by Smart Planning for Communities, a program of the Fraser Basin Council.
How We Help
There are good reasons to make sustainability a cornerstone of your community plans — to meet gas tax funding commitments, create alignment within your community and most of all, to make your community more efficient, sustainable and resilient.
OUR CORE SERVICES ARE FREE All BC local and First Nations governments enjoy free access to our team of professionally accredited Sustainability Facilitators for core services – including process advice, strategic support and educational events on sustainability planning. Give us a call!
Who We Are
Smart Planning for Communities has expertise in integrated community sustainability planning (ICSP) and comprehensive community planning (CCP) for British Columbia local and First Nations governments. We are also involved in relationship building processes between local and First Nations governments.
We help communities of all sizes integrate social, cultural, economic and environmental considerations into planning processes. With facilitators across the province, we understand urban, suburban and rural issues and the planning needs of small and mid-sized communities.
Examples of Our Work
Visit the Sustainability Plans section of this site to learn more about the recent planning processes we have been involved in.
Meet Joan Chess, SPC Program Manager
Joan Chess is the Sustainability Facilitator for central and northern BC. Joan brings a practical approach to applying sustainability principles to community planning and is able to assist with all steps in a planning process, such as gathering information, analysis, community involvement and urban design for small communities.
Her career includes working with provincial, local and First Nations governments, which has given her a good understanding of the inter-jurisdictional nature of planning and sustainability. Joan has served on the Councils for both the Planning Institute of BC and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Joan loves the unique places and people of northern BC. When she's not on the road, she's usually playing with her horse or skiing with her family. Contact Joan
Survey on Community Sustainability Plan Implementation
FBC’s Smart Planning for Communities Program is conducting research into the implementation of community sustainability plans throughout BC. What’s working? What are the challenges?
If you are an elected or staff representative of a local government in BC, you are invited to complete our online survey. Learn more.
Planning for the Together Shuswap /Secwepemc 2015 workshop series is underway. Download the Together Shuswap 2014 Report here.
Village of Clinton completes Epexyêwtes “when it is tomorrow”, ICSP in partnership with SPC read more here.
Granisle Revival draft plan is complete, read more about the planning process facilitated by SPC
SPC helps with evaluating outcomes of the Gas Tax Agreement
SPC & the District of 100 Mile House plan Miles Ahead - read more.
Smart Planning for Communities thanks the REFBC for continuing their support
SPC helps the Village of Kaslo undertake a sustainability planning process
New report on ICSP — Implications for Rural British Columbia
See more highlights on our SPC News and Events page
Discuss sustainability issues with the Smart Planners on the LiveSmart BC online community for Climate Action Leaders. .