“In 2006, continued urbanization within the valley coupled with competing land uses and recreational interests within the watershed highlighted the need for co-operative actions aimed at managing watershed uses to ensure water quality is preserved,” states Michael Zbarsky,
A Vision for Vancouver Island: The Learning Lunch Series will inform implementation of "A Positive Settlement Strategy"
“The Series has exceeded our own expectations, Our initial objective was to facilitate a consistent understanding of core technical concepts. Because local governments enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to align local actions with over-arching provincial goals, the resulting success of the Series has enabled us to move beyond that limited objective. The energy to think like a region has been unleashed,” stated Kim Stephens.
2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series exceeds expectations for doing business differently
“Living Water Smart is a provincial strategy; we must look at it as a shared responsibility. Actually, it is not one strategy; the Province has a number of strategies. The Province is looking at raising the bar as far as what we are trying to accomplish with standards, provincial legislation and infrastructure grant programs, stated Glen Brown.
“The roundtable purpose was to initiate a dialogue with the development community. This consultation is an essential element of a two-track approach to encourage local governments and the development community to implement policies and practices that accommodate settlement growth and change without irrevocable damage to the ecology that underlies the well being of Island communities,” reported John Finnie.
Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: Summary Report on the 2008 Capital Region Series
“The goal in showcasing innovation and celebrating successes is to move ‘from awareness to action’ in doing business differently — through sharing of approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned that will ultimately inform a pragmatic strategy for climate change adaptation,” states Eric Bonham, a founding member of the CAVI Leadership Team.
“Showcasing Innovation has helped local government practitioners immeasurably by creating forums for them to share their experiences and lessons learned. This has created a ripple effect that has spurred even more innovation. The 2008 Series can play an integrating role to cut across disciplines and ultimately help communities create neighbourhoods that integrate both good planning and innovative engineering designs,” stated Ray Fung.
“The three seminars were designed to provide an inter-departmental and inter-municipal learning opportunity for collaborative exploration. The series was conducted as a cumulative process, from philosphy to tools, in order to advance a regional team approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure,” stated Kim Stephens.
Ron Neufeld used a driver training analogy to emphasize what makes good policy. “Good policy is knowing where the horizon is..so that you know where you want to get to,” he told his audience. He then elaborated on the elements of a bottom-up and regional team approach to implementing provincial policy. “Success depends on cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries,” he underscored
Rainwater Management & Green Infrastructure: City of Courtenay hosted Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #1 on September 19, 2008
“The walkabout through the Glacier View Pond area provided an on-the-ground illustration of how the engineering approach to detention pond design has evolved in response to changing expectations,” stated Ian Whitehead in reflecting on changes in drainage practice he has implemented in East Courtenay over the past two decades.
Rainwater Management & Green Infrastructure: City of Courtenay hosted Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #2 on October 24, 2008
“We structured the seminar in two parts. Before lunch our focus was on establishing expectations in order to influence the greening of the built environment; after lunch the theme was delivering on expectations. Establishing expectations essentially means drawing a picture of what we want. Delivering on expectations means this is how we can and will get there,” reported Kevin Lagan.