The word “sustainability” has become a popular buzzword, but it’s an important part of community planning. The evolution of a sustainable community, not only environmentally, but economically, socially and culturally, is critical to Quesnel’s long term prosperity and vitality.
To see this happen, it’s important to develop an Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process. This will help Quesnel develop a comprehensive, community-wide, long-term sustainability vision and plan. A new initiative, ourQuesnel: Sustainability in Action, has been launched to guide that process.
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What is an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan?
The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.
An Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) consists of a vision, strategic plan and process for creating the future we want for our community. It is a high-level policy document and participatory process that is comprehensive, community-wide and long-term. An ICSP should be developed by all community partners to successfully create a shared future.
Integrated community sustainability planning is about transformative change as well as incremental improvements. It is about a new way of thinking, making decisions and collaborating. It's a long-term process that requires leadership, shared commitment, hard work and sustained effort.
Quesnel's ICSP will be developed by the ourQuesnel Sustainability Task Force along with the community, and implemented by the community, using a transparent process to ensure accountability.
The process will:
Funding for the plan was received from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia
How will we create ourQuesnel?
There is no single way to develop an ICSP, and communities will tackle it slightly differently. However, for Quesnel, we have chosen a process that has been used to successfully create ICSPs in other communities (see Resources for more info).
It is an intuitive process – one we can use every day in our planning. Simply put, the basic steps that we will use to develop our ICSP include:
Who is involved?
Everyone! And that includes you!
A successful ICSP is created through effective public participation. We will work with the public to ensure your concerns and aspirations for the future are reflected and will provide feedback on how the public influenced the decision.
Please get involved and help create a better future for Quesnel. Click here to find out more about how you can get involved or go to Participate.
Council's responsibilities include:
The ourQuesnel Sustainability Task Force
This is the advisory committee for the ICSP and its members represent the community's interests in the project. While the community will be engaged in reviewing and providing feedback on process documents through two public events and online opportunities, it is the our Quesnel Sustainability Task Force that will provide the guidance and do more of the heavy lifting on an ongoing basis. After a public call for participants, the task force members were appointed by Quesnel City Council.
We thank the members for committing their time and passion for this community to the development of the ICSP.
Municipal staff play an important role and will be involved in ourQuesnel from this point forward. Their responsibilities include:
ICSP Process Consultants
The Whistler Centre for Sustainability is responsible for providing professional expertise, and guidance throughout the development of the ICSP. They will take the results of the work with the community to draft the ICSP for Council approval.
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