City of Williams Lake, British Columbia
Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Framework
Imagine Our Future is a joint initiative between the City of Williams Lake, its community partners, the Williams Lake Indian Band and Soda Creek Indian Band, and the community at large to envision a successful and sustainable Williams Lake in 2030 and create transition strategies to get there. With the support of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability and The Natural Step Canada, the city is using community input to develop an integrated community sustainability planning (ICSP) framework.
The ICSP will integrate social, cultural, environmental, economic, and land use planning pillars to shape the community’s future. The project features events designed to harvest the community’s ideas and aspirations, such as community partner cafés, an innovators’ summit, a youth digital story-telling jam, children’s events, kitchen table meetings, partner interviews, an online survey and standing committee meetings. A booth was developed to raise the project’s profile at local festivals and events, National Aboriginal Day, and at a regional sustainability conference. Draft planning documents, based on strategic development activities to date in Williams Lake and research into best practices from other communities across Canada and internationally, were prepared for community review and feedback.
The ICSP will be used as a lens to review the current Official Community Plan and restructure it within the principles of integrated community sustainability planning, and will guide the city’s development for the next 25 years.
- The planning process solicited public input on 10 priority areas
- The ICSP will guide the city’s development for the next 25 years
- Strategies foster a resilient local economy and reduce exposure to climate change risks