2006 thru 2010

Turning the Tide in Nanaimo: The story of the Inland Kenworth development as told by Dean Mousseau and Gary Noble

The Inland Kenworth industrial development in the City of Nanaimo illustrates what can be accomplished through collaboration when a municipality challenges a development proponent to be innovative. “As a planner, I believe we should start by looking at site constraints and opportunities. And that is where our conversations started with the developer and consultants team,” stated Gary Noble. The Inland Kenworth story was incorporated in the curriculum for the 2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series.

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Nature Without Borders: Vision for Comox Valley Conservation Strategy contributes to Living Water Smart

The main purpose of the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy is to prioritize sensitive ecosystems, linkages via expanded riparian strips and designated upland wildlife corridors and to create a new and exciting watershed-based land use planning framework. “The current process has the Conservation Strategy Community Partnership collaborating with Regional and Municipal planners, engineers and elected representatives to develop a new way of doing business in the Comox Valley,” stated Jack Minard.

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“Learning Lunch Seminar Series” promotes consistent provincial approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure

Vancouver Island is the pilot region for implementing Beyond the Guidebook: The New Business As Usual through a precedent-setting approach to continuing education for local government practitioners, namely the Learning Lunch Seminar Series. This provincial initiative builds on the foundation provided by Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, published in 2002, and incorporates lessons learned over the past six years.

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Rainwater Management in the Georgia Basin: Capital Regional District workshop celebrates on-the-ground successes

“In November 2007, the Capital Regional District hosted a full 1-day workshop titled “Bio/Infiltration: Tools for Rainwater Management”. Organized under the umbrella of the Stormwater, Harbours and Watersheds Program, the workshop emphasis was on municipal implementation, particularly funding, bylaws and other tools available to municipalities to work towards innovative rainwater management,” stated Jody Watson.

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Green Infrastructure message resonates with British Columbia engineers

Building on the interest in rainwater / stormwater modelling generated by a province-wide series of technical seminars, the Green Infrastructure Partnership delivered a one-day seminar on how to implement ‘green solutions’ that actually protect stream health. Held in November 2007, the seminar is part of the rollout of 'Beyond the Guidebook: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia.'

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