2009 Penticton Forum: Smart Planning & Living Water Smart – Approaches & Tools for Doing Business Differently in BC

The Penticton Forum showcased how partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration are helping local governments in three regions. “The Province’s Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives provide a framework and direction for convening for action in the Okanagan, on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver. Each regional initiative is developing a vision and road map for achieving settlement in balance with ecology,” stated Glen Brown.

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2009 Metro Vancouver Water Balance Forum: YouTube videos complement PowerPoint presentations to create historical record and Forum legacy

“Co-sponsored by the Green Infrastructure Partnership and the Water Balance Partnership, the Forum was about moving beyond pilot projects to a watershed-based approach to achieving performance targets for rainwater management and green infrastructure,” explained John Sidnell, a member of the Green Infrastructure Partnership Steering Committee. “The Province’s Green Communities Initiative and Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan provided the backdrop for the Surrey Forum.”

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2009 Resilient Cities Conference included a module on the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia

Sustainability imperatives, the call for climate action, and the pressure for new approaches in almost every urban system have North American cities scrambling to manage the shift toward ecological practices and greater resilience. “BC is a living laboratory for many of the conference themes. This unique two-and-a-half day gathering addresses the challenges that all cities, whether large or small, urban or rural, are facing”, stated Glen Brown.

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2009 Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum organized under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan

The program was built around the HOW question as it pertains to green infrastructure: HOW will a consistent regional approach be achieved in Metro Vancouver?“ We envisioned that the Surrey Forum would be a transformational event and a catalyst for action. One of our goals is to implement an educational program in Metro Vancouver that would be modelled on the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Series,” stated Raymond Fung.

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Creating Our Future: Convening for Action in British Columbia

“We would like to shift the paradigm from boundaries to areas of commonality. The desired outcomes will include inter-departmental collaboration, inter-municipal sharing, and regional alignment. A key message is to view ‘planning’ not as land-zoning function but as a multi-faceted and iterative process that embraces the concept of truly integrated water-centric planning,” states Derek Richmond.

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ARTICLE: Communication and collaboration key on Vancouver Island

“What we want Vancouver Island to look like in 50 years will be a result of collaboration of local communities and regional districts reaching beyond their own jurisdictional boundaries and responsibilities to embrace the ‘bigger picture’ of designing human settlement in harmony with nature throughout Vancouver Island,” writes Eric Bonham.

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