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Smart Planning for Communities helps Village of Kaslo develop its ICSP
Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) is pleased to be working with the Village of Kaslo and the community on its Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP) process.
The Village of Kaslo, located on the shores of Kootenay Lake, was developed in early 1890s as a result of the mining boom in the region. It was the first city in the Kootnay’s to be incorporated. In recent years, the Village has undergone an Official Community Plan update and has participated in a number of other regional planning processes such as the Climate Adaptation Strategy, SustainABLE Central Kootenay, and an Agriculture Plan.
The ICSP process will help Kaslo set priorities and actions to progress along the road to becoming a resilient sustainable community. The final report is expected to be completed in the fall 2013.
The ICSP process started earlier this spring when SPC facilitator Joan Chess, in collaboration with Laurie Cordell from Columbia Basin Trust, met with the Village Council and staff to discuss their vision for this plan and ways to engage community members in the process.
Work on developing a sustainability strategy for Kaslo is now well underway. As one of the first step in this process the SPC team reviewed the previous planning work done in the region looking for the synergies and complementary goals, as well as the gaps that need to be addressed and integrated into the coming ICSP. The main activities in recent months have been initiating the community involvement. Two sessions with the focus group were organized for late June and one community event was held during the Canada Day celebrations. Focus group participants and residents were asked to provide their suggestions in completing a sentence on each of three posters.
Great minds think alike! There were many similar responses among the wide-ranging ideas. The results below reflect the most common themes shared by everyone.
The three best things about Kaslo are:
Three words that describe a sustainable Kaslo are:
Three things that Kaslo needs to do to become sustainable are:
The ICSP will get into full swing through community engagement and focus groups that will allow Kaslo residents to participate in defining commonly used terms, confirming the community’s vision statement, and setting goals for the four ‘pillars’ of sustainability—social, economic, environmental and cultural. For each of the goals, action plans will be established that include activities, timeframe, and responsibilities and indicators for measuring success will be developed to keep track of the progress and maintain focus. Indicators need to be relevant for Kaslo as part of a practical monitoring program.
During the summer, the SPC staff will compile the information from background reports and the community’s input; and begin drafting a sustainability strategy for Kaslo. As well, a second round of events will be organized for the fall, to seek the community’s input. The anticipated timing will be late September or early October.
The final report will capture Kaslo’s strategy for becoming a sustainable community.
Meet Joan Chess, Sustainability Facilitator
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
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