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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

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

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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