Planning Institute of BC

Planning Institute of BC

June 03, 2009 13:00 ET

Planning Institute of BC/Media Release: West Van Public Engagement Plan Wins Provincial Award

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - The Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) has named the District of West Vancouver's Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing the best in the province.

The Community Dialogue provided a forum for engaging the community in developing its own policy directions for housing and neighbourhood character. It won first place in the Comprehensive Policy and Plans (under $75,000) category at the PIBC's annual awards ceremony.

The PIBC Awards Committee appreciated the creativity and approachable style of this public process.

"Overall, the combination of approaches demonstrated that long-entrenched planning challenges can be overcome when residents believe that their voices are truly heard and the public process can earn the trust and confidence of the community," said PIBC President Lindsay Chase.

While the product of the Community Dialogue was a strategic plan for addressing housing and neighbourhood issues, the process for arriving at that plan was a good example of effective community engagement. 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:

- Cities of Colwood and Langford: Joint Official Community Plans (Comprehensive Policy and Plans $75,000 and over)

- 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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