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Miles Ahead – Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Ready to Launch

After several months of community input the Miles Ahead Sustainability Plan is complete. The plan is the result of a local sustainability planning process led by the District of 100 Mile House and Smart Planning for Communities (SPC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council. The plan will be distributed to Council and the public in early 2015. 


Discussions around local values and visions covered most aspects of the community such as; economic stability, housing, seniors needs, recreational development and environmental management. 

The process was facilitated in partnership with the District by Smart Planning for Communities (SPC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council.  SPC Program Manager, Joan Chess, sees public engagement as a core step in the planning process, “Community input is so important in creating a plan with residents and community leaders, that can be used for several generations and truly prepare communities for a more sustainable future.” Read more

More Information

Listen to Rob Fry of Cariboo Radio discuss Miles Ahead. 

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 Meet Joan Chess, Sustainability Facilitator

Joan Chess

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 is currently Past President of PIBC and PIBC's appointment to the Canadian Institute of Planners Council.

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

Program Vision

Smart Planning for Communities: creating stronger more vibrant and sustainable communities in British Columbia.

Our Work

Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) is a BC-wide collaborative initiative to assist local and First Nations governments in addressing their long-term sustainability challenges by providing resources and tools for planning socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable communities. Learn more about our services…

Advisory Group

To provide future strategic oversight and direction
for Smart Planning for Communities program, a specialized advisory group including funders, experts in community sustainability planning and implementation will guide the SPC Program with the necessary strategic and operational guidance over the next three years. 

Reach Us

We’re close at hand and happy to help! See our Smart Planning for Communities Contacts page to connect with facilitators and other program staff.

SPC is a program of the Fraser Basin Council, a charitable non-profit society that works to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and across BC.

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