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tools.jpgHere are some of the Smart Planning tools and resources, archived here for research and reference.

Rural Sustainability Planning in BC

SPC_RuralReport_thumb.jpgDownload the SPC 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 was funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

Planning Samples eBinder

Visit the sustainability planning samples library for:

  • Guides on how to integrate sustainability into your community plans
  • Detailed explanation of planning frameworks
  • Examples of documents for each stage of the planning process
  • Lessons learned from local communities
  • Further information resources on integrated and comprehensive community sustainability planning.

BC Climate Action Toolkit |

BC CLIMATE ACTION TOOLKIT for local governmentThe BC Climate Action Toolkit is an online resource for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It provides the latest news, best practices, practical advice, information and strategic guidance to help BC local governments successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, strengthen their communities.

This Toolkit is provided by a three-way partnership of the Province, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and Smart Planning for Communities, a program of the Fraser Basin Council.

The Regulation of District Energy Systems

Author: Peter Ostergaard
Publisher: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

WP_District_Energy_cov-3.jpgDistrict energy systems are promoted as a way to provide low carbon heat and hot water. In British Columbia, most systems are “public utilities” and regulated by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) unless the services are provided by a local government.

This paper examines nine diverse systems, four under BCUC jurisdiction and five regulated by municipalities, to elicit the type and level of economic regulation that can encourage financial sustainability while providing customers with reasonably priced energy services. Download the paper.

Community Planning Funding Sources, Case Studies & Best Practices - A Resource List for BC’s First Nations Governments

Resource-Guide-for-First-Nations-Community-Planning-_April-2011_-1.jpgSeveral First Nations communities in British Columbia are moving towards a sustainable future. These communities have requested increased access to expertise, networks and information.

This document provides links to resources for planning well such as frameworks and funding opportunities. This Planning Resource also lists Success Stories and Best Practices from communities actively working to improve opportunities for today’s generation and for the community seven generations from now. Program Coordinator.


Funding directories for BC local and First Nations government initiatives can be found at:


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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