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Creating Our Future in Ucluelet: from Vision to Implementation

“Through careful planning and strong local political support, Ucluelet has successfully implemented ‘smart growth’ sustainable planning tools. Ucluelet’s planning principles can be implemented and transferred to larger cities or other rural communities experiencing development pressures,” concluded Felice Mazzoni.

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Implementing 'green value on the ground' in the City of Courtenay

“Courtenay is taking a proactive integrated approach to how it does business. Our Strategic Plan, Official Community Plan and other related documents are being drafted or amended to ensure that sustainability, livability and reducing our environmental footprint is achieved,” stated Kevin Lagan.

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Support for Vancouver Island Series on Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation starts at the top

Building on the theme of limitations and planning for the future, Cowichan Valley Chair Jon Lefebure noted there is an engine of development. “We have to think about how to operate that engine differently, We must focus on preserving what we have that provides our qualtiy of life. Moving foward from today, I would like the political leadership of Vancouver Island to be more proactive.”

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Local Governments in the Cowichan Basin Showcase Green Infrastructure Innovation

The morning venue was the Freshwater Eco-Centre in Duncan. The afternoon venue was O.U.R. Ecovillage near Shawnigan Lake. “Given that the Cowichan River is the lifeblood of the Cowichan Valley, it was especially appropriate to host the morning session at the Freshwater Eco-Centre which serves an important outreach and educational function”, stated Kate Miller.

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Local Governments in the Comox Valley Showcase Green Infrastructure Innovation

“Like most other areas on Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is at a major cross-roads as to how we will develop and still maintain the natural beauty of our community. This is a real challenge.We are experiencing phenomenal growth. So we are really depending on the practitioners to keep us grounded and realistic so that growth will be sustainable,” stated Starr Winchester, Chair of the Comox-Strathcona Regional District.

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Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: The 2007 Series

“The Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation program was launched in May 2006 in the Greater Vancouver region as a provincial pilot, and was an instant success. In 2007, there will be events on Vancouver Island and in Greater Vancouver on alternating Fridays throughout September and October,” stated Paul Ham, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership.

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Creating Our Future: What will Vancouver Island Look Like in 50 Years?

The workshop was an action item arising from an earlier consultation workshop held in conjunction with the Water in the City Conference in September 2006. “If we are to control our destiny and create our future, then we need to challenge our fellow Vancouver Islanders to visualize what they want Vancouver Island to look like in 50 years,” stated John Finnie.

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