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About ourQuesnel

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.

To learn more, click on some of the links and explore the ourQuesnel site.

And be sure to check back often for the latest news, events and updates.

What is an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan?

The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.
- Leonard I. Sweet, Author/Futurist

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:

  • Provide guidance: It will articulate a vision and priorities that outline what Quesnel would like to look like and be in the future. It will also define our sustainability objectives so we can create a successful community.
  • Ensure action: Meaningful community participation and ultimately on-the-ground actions toward the vision will be enabled by establishing strategy areas, a description of success within each, and an ongoing action planning process.
  • Measure progress: A monitoring system will be developed to track our progress and performance in order to learn and improve.
  • Ensure continuous engagement and progress: The ongoing action planning process and decision-informing tools will ensure continuous participation and improvement.

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:

  1. Establishing a shared AWARENESS of the relevance of sustainability to our community.
  2. Creating a shared community-wide VISION for the future. The community will be invited to develop and articulate the Descriptions of Success that define a successful and sustainable Quesnel.
  3. Understanding our CURRENT REALITY and the gap that exists between it and our vision. This is a reality check to see what our community's situation is today in terms of challenges, assets and existing policies and programs.
  4. Identifying and prioritizing ACTIONS that will begin to close the gap between our current reality and vision for the future. Once actions are identified, an implementation strategy can be developed.
  5. Establishing a MONITORING SYSTEM to track performance and report the results on a regular basis. An effective monitoring system can measure progress, as well as communicate success to the community.
  6. Establishing an ONGOING PROCESS for continuous improvement that includes reviewing results and planning the next actions.
  7. Developing DECISION-MAKING TOOLS that align the municipality and community organizations with the visions and sustainability principles of the ICSP.

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:

  • Adopting ICSP as community's highest level policy
  • Championing and incorporating sustainability decision-making into operations
  • Leading by example

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:

  • Participation in ourQuesnel meetings
  • Public and internal communications.
  • Facilitate and participate in public events
  • Review draft documents and information
  • Provide input at all stages of the process
  • Implement identified actions

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.


What is the Community doing?

What is the Task Force doing?

What is the City doing?

Estimate your personal greenhouse gas emissions

Get Power Smart!

Let the sun shine in

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Official Community Plan

Official Community Plan - Map

Consolidated Zoning Bylaw

Zoning Bylaw - Map


Tanya Turner


Bylaws posted on the City of Quesnel website are provided for information or research purposes only and are not to be considered the official version.

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