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Castlegar Planning for the Future

This week marks the start of The City of Castlegar’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process – at least the public side of it. Last night, a presentation by the Fraser Basin Council on Sustainability Processes foir Communities drew out out about 30 residents and councillors with some excellent discussion about the end aim of going through such a process for a community.

SausageToday is the first time that Focus Groups will meet, to guide the process of creating the Sustainability Plan, which ultimately will become the Official Community Plan for Castlegar. Following this meeting will be a public open house session where everyone is welcome.

“To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making. Otto von Bismarck

The OCP is a law, and it is, (rightly so), one of the most public processed documents that a Municipality will create, however, watching this process unfold has the potential to be an inspiring community driven effort, or like watching sausage. The more quality input the City and focus groups have to work with, the better the end product.

Simply put, rather than complain about the direction the City is headed, or equally, believing that the City is doing just fine as it is, get invovled and find out what the rest of the community thinks, this process has great potential.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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  1. From the City of Castlegar's Website. here are the details of tonight's meeting…

    As the first step, the City will host a community workshop to establish a vision for sustainability and a series of goals. These meetings, the first in a series of consultation sessions over the next year, will provide the foundation for the Sustainable OCP and Infrastructure Strategy.

    SUSTAINABLE OCP COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Community Forum – 445-13th Avenue,

    The workshop will begin with a review of the 2006 Resident Survey and the 2007 Community Assessment, followed by a short presentation about the principles of community sustainability.

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