Fraser Basin Council

Nestled along the steep banks of the Thompson River, the village of Ashcroft lies in the heart of BC's historic "gold country." (Photo: Wendy Coomber, PictureBC)

2011
$250,000
For Smart Planning for Communities in 2011-2013; SPC provides resources to assist BC communities with long-range sustainability planning.

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Smart Planning for BC Communities

Smart Planning for Communities was developed as a collaborative, BC-wide initiative to provide smaller, non-urban communities with practical supports to do Integrated Community Sustainability Planning. Since 2008 they have been helping communities make long-range plans for social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability.

The Real Estate Foundation awarded this grant to support the initiative’s continuing success. Between 2011 and 2013 the program:

  • Provided information and process advice to over 750 local governments and First Nations;
  • Delivered or partnered in the delivery of over 200 presentations and workshops;
  • Made over 550 referrals to funding sources and/or other resources;
  • Facilitated over 80 collaborative processes;
  • Facilitated over 32 cooperative actions between local governments and their First Nations neighbours in Shuswap, Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and northern BC; and
  • Managed the BC Climate Action Tool Kit, which is supported by a partnership with the Green Communities Committee (with representatives from the Province, Union of British Columbia municipalities and Fraser Basin Council).

We have supported Smart Planning for Communities since it began; the program provides valuable tools and resources that support local and First Nations governments undertaking sustainability planning in their communities.