“Local governments are demonstrating what can be accomplished through partnerships and collaboration. Moving from awareness to action is ultimately keyed to a ‘regional team approach’ that is founded on shared responsibility,” stated John Finnie.
“Our definition is that the ‘regional team’ in its fullest sense encompasses local government, the Province, the development community and the stewardship, agricultural and academic sectors. The latest initiative by the Comox Valley team was a Developers Dialogue. This has opened lines of communication to the local development community,” stated John Finnie.
“To help the Comox Valley Regional Team tell their story about leading and managing change, we have posted a set stories on Water Bucket. This is a tangible way to record history as it is being created,” stated Mike Tanner.
Developers Dialogue: A well-planned front-end process is the secret to a successful project outcome, says Courtenay's Derek Richmond
“The end product is a successful project. But what we really want to focus on is the process – that is, the process of how we can work with the development community to expedite the process, end up with the product that we all want, and keep down the costs,” stated Derek Richmond.
Developers Dialogue: Understanding the drivers that are pushing local governments to refine the front-end of the development application process
“Understanding the drivers that are pushing local governments to refine the development application process, and the relationship with the development community, will help in informing the front-end process. Tthe provincial government has enacted legislation that requires all local governments to create policies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions., and address it in their regulation of development,” stated Nancy Hofer.
Developers Dialogue: Glenn Westendorp connects the dots in defining a path forward for the Comox Valley Regional Team
“Protecting the environment will require significant effort and commitment from all parties. The transition is not going to be easy, but there is no turning back. Dialogue will help to build trust leading to a coordinated effort to achieve shared goals,” stated Glenn Westendorp.
Comox Valley Developers Dialogue: "Excellent format allowed for a variety of ideas, questions and comments to flow easily and freely", says Kip Keylock
“The format was excellent for ‘stirring the pot’ as it allowed for a variety of ideas, questions and comments to flow easily and freely. The non-formal setting made everyone comfortable in sharing comments, whether positive or negative. This is certainly appreciated among the building and development community,” stated Kip Keylock.
“Balancing free market ‘regional’ forces with regulation intended to protect us from ourselves……..If we really could plan, design and sell housing affordably, which was also ecologically sound and was a product people want, we'd have this nut cracked,” stated Ian Whitehead.
"You too are part of the Comox Valley Regional Team", Kim Stephens tells local development community
“One of the things that makes BC unique is the degree of autonomy that local government has compared to other provinces. The provincial philosophy is not to be prescriptive. Rather, it is an enabling philosophy. This means that legislation creates the tools that allows local governments and others to get the job done,” stated Kim Stephens.
"Communication, collaboration, cooperation and coordination underpin a regional team approach in the Comox Valley," says Courtenay's Derek Richmond
“To be successful, we all need to work outside our normal boundaries; and we need to proactively communicate and work with others. Through the 4Cs, we would like to shift the paradigm from boundaries to areas of commonality,” stated Derek Richmond.