B.C. communities are constantly faced with issues concerning population growth, ever-increasing development, environmental impacts, water supply problems, and wastewater treatment and disposal concerns to name just a few. Current construction and development practices do not produce sustainable communities and inflict great harm on the environment. Clearly, if sustainability is our ultimate goal, we must alter our present development paradigm. Is it possible to produce a sustainable community and simultaneously satisfy the needs and desires of its residents? Many communities are finding that it is possible, indeed, even desirable to do so.
Many municipal councils recognize the importance and value of using independent committees to study issues with which they are dealing. Advisory committees are comprised of individuals from the public and/or private sectors, and are charged with the responsibility to closely examine issues given to them by the local governments. After careful deliberation, the committees present recommendations to the councils that can then be used to make decisions concerning the matter. This additional input can help councils be better informed about the different aspects of an issue.