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Integrated Community Sustainability Planning — Implications for Rural British Columbia Report

by Sonja Mulabdic, posted on February 25, 2013

This research provides local governments with tools and recommendations for successful rural sustainability planning in BC.

SPC_RuralReport_thumb.jpgThe Smart Planning for Communities program has completed a research project investigating the application of integrated community sustainability planning (ICSP) by regional districts and small municipalities for rural areas of British Columbia.

The research identifies:

1) what makes a successful sustainability process for a rural area in BC;

2) what actions are suitable for a rural sustainability strategy; and

3) the rural areas’ relationship with urban and provincial sustainability goals.

The study, funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), finds that communities in rural areas of the province consider protecting drinking water supplies (80%) and pursuing economic diversification (60%) as the most important aspects of a successful sustainability strategy. Over one hundred local government elected officials and staff, along with academics and consultants, participated in surveys and focus group sessions as part of this research.

Download the full report with research results and a summary of tools and recommendations for successful ICSP process for rural BC. 

For more information about the research paper contact:
Joan Chess, MCIP, RPP 
Sustainability Facilitator 
Smart Planning for Communities, Fraser Basin Council
Phone: 250 612-0282

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