“Vancouver Island 2065: Moving Towards Sustainable Service Delivery”



A new partnership Initiative – Vancouver Island 2065 – was announced at the 2013 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit, held in Nanaimo in October 2013. Because affordability ultimately drives local government asset management and infrastructure standards of practice, Sustainable Service Delivery is a foundation piece for Vancouver Island 2065.

The Winter 2014 issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter includes an article titled Vancouver Island 2065: Moving Towards Sustainable Service Delivery. To download a copy, click here.


“Getting things right at the front end has emerged as essential for investing in the right infrastructure,” states George Hanson, VIEA President

Vancouver Island 2065 is a partnership initiative of Convening for Action Vancouver Island (CAVI) and the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA). Joining this collaboration is Royal Roads University (RRU).

“This partnership has the potential of being a model for other regions in the province and beyond.  A grassroots initiative developed through working partnerships and collaboration, it is nevertheless pragmatic in its approach and sustains connection to the decision makers at the local, regional and provincial levels of government,” states George Hanson, VIEA President, and article co-author.

George Hanson_VIEA President_120p“Developers, governments and agencies understand that a collaborative balancing of economy, settlement and ecology provides an opportunity for the best of outcomes for all parties. Proof of success for this approach can be found in the Comox Valley, where through ‘developer dialogue’, the approach of planning for development on a watershed basis and getting things right at the front end has emerged as essential for investing in the right infrastructure for pragmatic asset management.”

Vancouver Island 2065 seeks to establish an Island-wide forum to provide opportunity for sharing of ideas and stories of successful projects that integrate watershed management and asset management principles. It is hoped that this collaborative approach will set a new standard for land use planning on Vancouver Island,” concludes George Hanson.

To Learn More:

Click on Vancouver Island 2065: Moving Towards Sustainable Service Delivery to download the article co-authored by Kim Stephens, Eric Bonham, George Hanson and Derek Richmond.

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.

Demonstrating how they are implementing Sustainable Service Delivery will be an eligibility requirement for local governments applying for provincial grant funding in British Columbia.

Suggested Reading: Click on Moving Towards Sustainable Service Delivery in British Columbia: “Build awareness first, then implement,” emphasized Glen Brown at inter-regional collaboration session

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