STORY #7 “At the end of the day, planners and engineers and other disciplines must come together to determine the issues and solutions. No statute will help them do that. Living Water Smart is about motivating and inspiring everyone to embrace shared responsibility,” states Lynn Kriwoken.
“The one market way-of-thinking resonated with those who participated in Seminar #1,” observes Geoff Garbutt. “It makes sense that mid-Island communities have choices. Knowing this, it means we can establish expectations as to what we want and what we will accept from developers.”
A selection of YouTube video clips capture the flavour of the day. In addition, a set of six slideshow presentations can be downloaded by clicking on links provided herein.
“Lessons learned by the Regional District of Nanaimo and Metro Vancouver in undertaking bold water-centric planning initiatives will be shared. A desired outcome is that participants will understand WHAT alignment of regional processes with local actions looks like,” stated Marc Rutten.
Town Hall Sharing Session at Comox Valley Seminar #2: How local governments can apply Bill 27 to achieve "Water OUT = Water IN"
“Stories provide a focus. Our vision is that everyone will learn from the sharing of stories. The members of the Comox Valley team will report out on their efforts to date and we will see where the conversation goes. We are also encouraging participants from beyond the Comox Valley to tell their stories,” states Kim Stephens.
“Seminar #2 had an inter-regional focus, with the goal of sharing and learning from stories about bold water-centric planning initiatives on both sides of the Georgia Basin. The session introduced a Water OUT = Water IN framework for achieving water sustainability; and coupled this with a design with nature approach to climate change adaptation,” reports Derek Richmond.
“John Muir was responsible for the national parks system in the USA. In 1903, Muir said when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. This is the approach that we are taking with CAVI. We are trying to connect people…up and down Vancouver Island…we are talking about creating our future,” stated Eric Bonham.
“Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island are learning from each other, and are moving in the same direction,” stated Ed von Euw.
“Because the geography of the landscape is the focus that draws in practitioners, residents, developers and elected representatives…it lends itself to being the frame of reference for all regional strategies, including growth, sustainability and water,” states Kim Stephens.
Tim Pringle set the tone for the seminar with his keynote presentation that addressed this question: What is our land ethic, and how can we view the context differently? He revisited the research on ‘what drives settlement’ on Vancouver Island; elaborated on what communities are up against; and explained why ‘connect to the landscape’ is a unifying mantra for the regional team approach.