There is no single way to develop an ICSP, and communities all tackle it slightly differently. However, for Invermere, we chose a process that has been used to successfully create ICSPs in other communities (see Resources for more info). Further, it is a very intuitive process – one that we can each use every day in our planning. Simply put, the basic steps that were used to develop our ICSP include:
1. Everyone! You!
A successful ICSP is created through effective public participation. We worked with the public to ensure that your concerns and aspirations for the future are reflected and will provide feedback on how the public influenced the decision.
2. Community Sustainability Action Team (CSAT)
The CSAT is the ‘advisory committee’ for the ICSP and its members represented the community’s interests in the project. While the community was engaged in reviewing and providing feedback on process documents through two public events and online opportunities, it was the CSAT that provides the guidance and the heavy lifting on an ongoing basis.
We would like to thank our CSAT members for committing their time and passion for this community to the development and implementation of the ICSP.
Municipal staff also had an important role in the ICSP process from start to finish. Their responsibilities included:
Council’s responsibilities included:
5. ICSP Process Consultants
The Whistler Centre for Sustainability was responsible for providing professional expertise and guidance throughout the development of the ICSP. They took the results of the work with the CSAT, and input from the community to draft the ICSP for Council approval.
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.