“The partnership format provides a mechanism for diverse interests to come together, learn from each other, and develop complementary approaches to land use related challenges,” stated Bryn White. This was the first in a series of conversations between CITinfoResource and land use/conservation focussed non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
2010 Convening for Action in the South Okanagan-Similkameen
South Okanagan and Similkameen Local Government Ecological Standards and Practices Capacity Building Initiative
“A regional environmental planning table brings together planners and resource people to learn, identify priority issues and needs for support, and a forum from which to advance sustainable land use planning.” stated Bryn White. “A shared environmental planning contractor works within the communities to assist them in achieving their environmental planning objectives. In addition, there are other resource people and mentors that work to support that environmental planner.”
District of Summerland experience illustrates successful application of ‘regional team approach’ in the South Okanagan
“The District of Summerland OCP example illustrates how a community can benefit from successful implementation of a ‘regional team approach’. The Real Estate Foundation is pleased to be a partner in this process,” observes,” stated Karin Kilpatrick. “The Summerland example demonstrates that the land ethic in the South Okanagan is changing for the better.”
Town of Oliver is second South Okanagan municipality to adopt an Environmental Development Permit Areas Bylaw
“The bylaw recognizes that settlement change and ecology are equal values and they must be as much in balance as possible for the wellbeing of human and natural systems.” states Tom Szalay.
Convening for Action in British Columbia: ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ connects the dots between South Okanagan and Vancouver Island
“The South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy provided the first opportunity to test the ‘convening for action’ approach. That experience has been adapted in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. The cross-fertilization process has now come full circle,” stated Tim Pringle.