Vic Derman’s Natural City: Three Lenses to Shape the Urban Future



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As part of the program for Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation at the University of Victoria, held in October 2008, Councillor Vic Derman of the District of Saanich presented his blueprint for action titled The Natural City.

“Accomplishing it will not be easy but the rewards will be worth the effort,” stated Derman. “Getting even close to The Natural City would fulfill the vision of the Regional Growth Strategy, help meet the challenge of climate change and all but guarantee our future UVIC showcasing - vic derman (120p)economic success. Can we afford to do anything else?”

Well-versed in a water-centric way-of-thinking, Vic Derman chaired the organizing committee and was the driving force behind the highly successful 2006 Water in the City Conference, held in Victoria.  He is a Director of the Capital Regional District; and is Vice-Chair of the Capital Region Water Commission. 

“Collectively, the three lenses bring our future into focus,” writes Vic Derman. “The picture they define is one of environmental, social and economic sustainability. It portrays a new approach that cannot be accomplished with tinkering and incremental change.Instead, bold and visionary action will be needed.”

To read the complete story as published on the Water-Centric Planning Community-of-Interest in January 2009, click on The Natural City Vision: Three Lenses to Shape the Future of Urban Communities in British Columbia.


Posted December 2009