“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.
“The Comox Valley is the designated provincial pilot for implementation of a ‘regional team approach’ because a convergence of interests has created an opportunity for all the players to set their sights on the common good, challenge the old barriers of jurisdictional interests, and make sustainability real,” stated Glen Brown.
“To be successful, we all need to work outside our normal boundaries; and we need to proactively communicate and work with others. We need to think of ourselves as a team; getting there means we will have to break down boundaries through communication, collaboration, cooperation and coordination,” states Derek Richmond.
“All of us have an impact on the land, on the water, and on the way things look. We all have a part to play in sustainable development. Bill 27 creates statutory authority for water sustainability action,” stated Susan Rutherford.
“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.