“The purpose of this short-form document is to provide local government staff and others with a ‘what you need to know’ overview of the Water Balance Methodology. The desired outcome is that this will facilitate informed decision-making that results in development and implementation of affordable and effective performance targets,” explains Richard Boase.
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“Sustainable Service Delivery integrates all the principles of Asset Management. It understands the value of land-use planning; and it understands the impacts that land-use planning has on service delivery. It also integrates the ‘design with nature’ philosophy,” states Derek Richmond.
The methodology is a pragmatic outcome of a ‘design with nature’ guiding philosophy that had its genesis more than two decades ago. “Looking back over the past 20-plus years, if the Stewardship Series was the first wave, the work of UBC’s James Taylor Chair on Sustainable Urban Landscapes was the second, and the Water Balance Approach is the third,” states Erik Karlsen.
“We wanted Blue City to be an accessible report, grounded in rigorous research and analysis but presented in the style of a magazine. The report focuses on real measures and solutions of urban water issues that exist today. This is a very tangible report on a common vision and shared innovations,” states Kirk Stinchcombe.
CASE PROFILE: Watershed Planning & Rainwater Management – Creating the Future in the City of Coquitlam
“The Case Profile describes how the City of Coquitlam has evolved an effective and adaptable approach to watershed-based community planning. By telling the stories of those who are spearheading changes in practice, this helps other local governments eliminate the ‘disconnect between information and implementation’ that may otherwise hold them back,” states Kim Stephens.
GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Primer on Land Development Process in BC: Industry Standards of Practice in Implementing Rainwater Management
“The land development sector is experiencing the consequences of the demographic shift that is occurring society-wide. There is staff turnover; and long-term experience and wisdom is not being passed on to the next generation. Increasingly, it seems that few administrative staff really understand the land development process,” states Jim Dumont.
“The response to the SmartStorm Forum Series was simply overwhelming,” recalls Barry Janyk, former Mayor of the Town of Gibsons, and Series Moderator. “For the first event, held in Nanaimo, the doors had to be closed when the surge of last-minute registrations reached the 250 seating capacity of the Coast Bastion venue.”
DOWNLOAD: Metro Vancouver Board Aligns Regional Planning Vision with “Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan”
When the Board met in March 2009, “it approved realigning the goals, strategies and actions in the updated LWMP to keep current with senior government policies and positions, as well as ensure that Metro Vancouver’s and senior governments’ environmental and fiscal objectives and actions are mutually supportive and successful,” stated Lois Jackson, Chair.
DOWNLOAD: Capture Rain Where It Falls: Application of the Water Balance Model to ‘Design with Nature’
“Kim Stephens returns to the CIT Information Resource with more news about ‘design with nature’ approaches to community, land development, and water management. One of our editorial team described Kim’s treatment as the best overview she’s come across,” wrote Hans Peter Meyer.
DOWNLOAD: Commentary on Effective Municipal Rainwater/Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed Health
“In preparing the Commentary, the Green Infrastructure Partnership brought to the forefront the story of the leadership role that the Metro Vancouver Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group has played over the past decade in building the technical foundation for Beyond the Guidebook: The New Business As Usual, a provincial initiative,” explains Paul Ham.