Comox Valley local governments initiate dialogue with development community about aligning efforts at a watershed scale
Note to Reader:
In December 2010, the CAVI-Comox Valley Regional Team hosted the ‘Comox Valley Developers Dialogue’. The purpose of this event was to initiate a conversation with the Comox Valley development community about collaboration, alignment and consistency in a local government setting.
Align Efforts at a Watershed Scale
In 2008, the four local governments in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island agreed to embark on a journey as a regional team. As a result, the Comox Valley is the provincial demonstration region for showcasing the benefits of a ‘regional team approach’ to establish expectations and achieve consistency at the front counter.
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“In December 2010, the CAVI-Comox Valley Regional Team hosted a ‘Developers Dialogue’. This initiated a conversation with the Comox Valley development community about local government policies and strategies to achieve ‘design with nature’ outcomes. The requirements of the Green Communities Amendments Act provided the backdrop for the dialogue,” reports Derek Richmond, Manager of Engineering with the City of Courtenay.
“The event was conducted as a townhall sharing session. We invited the development community to talk about how local government can make the development application process more transparent and faster. We also invited participants to share their ideas on green infrastructure innovations.”
To view Derek’s remarks in their entirety, view a 5-minute video clip posted on YouTube:
To Learn More:
For the complete story on what transpired at this event, click on Comox Valley Developers Dialogue to access the ‘homepage’ on the Convening for Action Community-of-Interest.
Derek Richmond opened the session by describing the elements of a successful project outcome as portrayed in the image below. His emphasis was on the process that leads to success. He connected the dots to integrated watershed planning, ‘front-end loading’ in the development application process, and greenhouse gas reduction.