The East Clayton Neighbourhood Concept Plan provided the first large-scale opportunity to ‘test’ a new approach which is sometimes characterized as ‘the future is the past’. From my perspective, one aspect which really stands out about the East Clayton plan is the integration of sustainability objectives,” stated Paul Ham.
Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture
Green Infrastructure in Metro Vancouver: Langley Township, Delta and Vancouver are leading by example
“The Routley, Yorkson and Northeast Gordon neighbourhood communities illustrate how a ‘water-centric’ approach is changing the way that land is developed in Langley. Each neighbourhood features a different green innovation,” stated Ramin Seifi.
“The Sustainable Water Strategy is grounded in action. Twelve high-level Guiding Principles for water management and policy provide a framework for the Strategy. The key action items were developed respecting these Guiding Principles,” explained Anna Warwick Sears.
At the 2009 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Series, Rob Buchan explained how the Development Review Committee is helping to achieve the City’s sustainability vision.
Rainwater Management in Central Saanich: Surface Water Management Bylaw requires rainwater runoff capture to reduce the ‘hydrologic footprint’
“It was redevelopment of a site with a large paved area that led us to re-think our approach. We said let’s try to do something. This led us to create the Bylaw which now gives us the means to restore the water balance when properties redevelop,” stated Nirmal Bhattacharya.
Rainwater Management in Sooke: District develops BC’s first ‘Liquid Waste Management Plan for Rainwater’
“Because Sooke is a small municipality with limited financial resources, we have had to pare down and make the plans practical in order to be affordable. Again, networking and collaboration are making it possible for us to do this effectively. Rainwater Management Plans provide a framework for the development of on-the-ground solutions for the management of rainwater at a watershed scale,” reported Laura Byrne.
Released in 2002, ‘Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia’ has proven to be a catalyst for action
“The Guidebook applied a science-based understanding. The premise underpinning the Guidebook was that land development and watershed protection can be compatible. The basis for this premise was that municipalities exert control over runoff volume through their land development and infrastructure policies, practices and action,” said Peter Law.
“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 would not have been possible without the contributions of the many champions in local government who have provided the leadership that has resulted in the many precedents that are described herein,” stated Kim Stephens. “Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is also their story.”
‘Convening for Action in British Columbia’ – a provincial initiative to advance water-centric planning
“When we gather, it is for a purpose. There must be an action item or an outcome. Our aim is to move from talk to action by developing tools, providing training, and building capacity,” stated Kim Stephens. “Beyond the Guidebook 2010. This is the telling of the stories of how change is being implemented on the ground by local governments and community partners.”
‘Urban watershed’ refers to drainage tributary areas within which zoning and land use are under the jurisdiction of a local government.