Planning Institute of BC

Planning Institute of BC

June 03, 2009 13:00 ET

Planning Institute of BC/Media Release: Colwood, Langford Joint City Plans Win Provincial Award

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Teamwork paid off for the Cities of Colwood and Langford, as the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) named their joint Official Community Plans (OCP) the best in the province.

The two municipalities undertook a joint planning process to build an inter-jurisdictional plan. It won first place in the Comprehensive Policy and Plans ($75,000 and over) category at the PIBC's annual awards ceremony.

The planning departments of Colwood and Langford shared resources and held joint public meetings and workshops, and worked with one consultant firm in order to realize the vision.

"Two municipalities working together to align policies across their jurisdictions was highly innovative," said PIBC President Lindsay Chase. "It allowed them to efficiently develop individualized OCPs while still recognizing and affirming their shared interests."

The planning process was a highlight, emphasizing the importance of disseminating information and educating the public, while balancing the regional context balanced with local issues. The PIBC considers public engagement a key aspect of any planning exercise.

The PIBC, through its Awards Committee and Awards Program, recognizes excellence in the planning profession and amongst its members. Other award winners included:

- District of West Vancouver: Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing (Comprehensive Policy and Plans under $75,000)

- City of Nanaimo: Downtown Urban Design Plan and Guidelines (Site Planning and Design)

The PIBC also awarded two student fellowship awards. These awards allow student members to participate and present their academic work at the 2009 BC Land Summit held in Whistler at the end of May. This year's winners are:

- Nancy Hofer, a student in the UBC School of Environmental Planning

- Jeff Zukiwsky, a student in the SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management (Planning) program.

The Planning Institute of BC is an association of BC and Yukon professional planners. Members work in a variety of fields, including land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning and economic development.

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