Summerland Economic Development Forum

Summerland Economic Development Forum Date: 2012 Based on our proprietary and award winning participatory strategic planning process, EcoPlan designed and delivered an economic development forum for the District of Summerland. The forum attracted over 50 members of the local business community, the District of Summerland Mayor, Council and staff, residents, as well as representatives of the […]

Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development

Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development Date: 2017+ EcoPlan worked with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training to develop a Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development for communities across British Columbia. This project included working closely alongside the Ministry and a working group to develop toolkit materials and deliver an in-person train-the-trainers […]

South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy- Update

South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy- Update Date: 2015-2016 EcoPlan (working with the Arlington Group), was retained to conduct a review to determine whether a “minor” or “major” update of the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) was required for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The RGS applies to the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley […]

South Cariboo Official Community Plan

South Cariboo Official Community Plan Date: 2015-? EcoPlan was retained to support the Arlington Group in an update of the South Cariboo Area OCP. The OCP Update includes multi-faceted public consultation throughout the process, including a project Advisory Committee and local First Nations engagement.  Other areas addressed in the OCP update include a review of ALR […]

Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments

Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments Date: 2012 In 2012, EcoPlan helped support two new Treaty First Nations of the Maa-nulth Treaty — Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government — join the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) on Vancouver Island’s west coast. An undertaking with no precedents, EcoPlan worked with the parties through […]

Regional Economic Partnership Initiative

Regional Economic Partnership Initiative Date: 2016+ EcoPlan is currently working with the SLRD, District of Lillooet, SLRD Area A and B, and the six Northern St’at’imc communities on the development of a regional economic collaboration model. This project will bring together the stakeholder governments at the leadership level to find ways to align their work on […]

Regional District of Nanaimo – Nodal Development Guidebook

Regional District of Nanaimo – Nodal Development Guidebook Date: 2005 EcoPlan helped Smart Growth BC to research, write and produce a guidebook for the Regional District of Nanaimo on nodal development and its role within the District’s Regional Growth Strategy. The document included design guidelines and a section on best practices. The guidebook was the first […]

Regional District of Central Okanagan Priority Projects

Regional District of Central Okanagan Priority Projects Date: 2016-2017 The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s (RDCO) RGS Priority Projects Plan is a Five-year Action Plan that outlines priority initiatives for the RDCO to implement based on commitments defined in the RDCO’s Regional Growth. The RDCO engaged EcoPlan International (EPI) to work with RDCO staff and the […]

Powell River Regional District Zoning Materials

Powell River Regional District Zoning Materials Date: Following the 2013 adoption of the Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area C, the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) contracted EcoPlan to support a community engagement process to gauge community interest in developing a “companion land use bylaw” to help support the implementation of the OCP. EcoPlan […]

Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization

Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization Date: 2008 EcoPlan worked with the Tla’amin First Nation and the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) to identify opportunities for coordinating land use planning between the two governments, for potential Treaty Settlement Lands Tla’amin had identified as part of their treaty negotiations. The project resulted […]

Powell River Regional District Workshop

Powell River Regional District Workshop Date: 2010 EcoPlan facilitated a regional planning workshop that brought together representatives of the Powell River Regional District, the City of Powell River, and the Tla’amin First Nation to discuss a Regional Growth and Development Analysis Report prepared by Van Struth Consulting Group. The workshop commenced with a discussion of […]

Okanagan Valley Interegional Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Okanagan Valley Interegional Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Date: 2015-2017 The State of the Basin Report is the product of an interregional initiative to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework intended to track progress on matters which are important to the Okanagan Valley as a whole. EcoPlan International (EPI) was contracted to support and work with staff from the Regional […]

Monitoring and Evaluation for Regional Growth Strategy Implementation

Monitoring and Evaluation for Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Date: 2012 Working with the Regional District of North Okanagan on their M&E Strategy, EcoPlan created a best practice example for all Regional Districts of a successful RGS-specific M&E program – one that is participatory, has learning as a core objective, and that actively engages community members […]

North Island Tourism Forum

North Island Tourism Forum Date: 2016 In 2016, EcoPlan assisted the Regional District of Mount Waddington with the design and facilitation of a Community-to-Community (C2C) Forum to discuss the tourism sector on Northern Vancouver Island. The Forum looked to identify market opportunities and regional tourism priorities and above all, addressed the question of how North […]

Greater Vancouver Regional District Sustainable Region Initiative Case Studies

Greater Vancouver Regional District Sustainable Region Initiative Case Studies Date: 2002-2003 EcoPlan staff researched and developed over 30 case studies of projects in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) that are helping to advance sustainability in the region. Case studies included green energy, housing, park planning, transportation, eco-industrial networking, waste reduction and greenhouse […]

Greater Vancouver Livable Centres Program

Greater Vancouver Livable Centres Program Date: 2003 EcoPlan staff worked with the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s (now Metro Vancouver) Livable Region Strategic Plan, a program that encouraged the development of a compact, livable metropolitan region, with a core and eight regional town centres. In 2003, the GVRD partnered with the provincial Ministry of Community Services […]

First Nations Engagement in the Capital Regional District’s Regional Sustainability Strategy

First Nations Engagement in the Capital Regional District’s Regional Sustainability Strategy Date: 2013-2016 The Capital Regional District (CRD) is in the process of updating its Regional Growth Strategy to a Regional Sustainability Strategy (RSS), which will have a stronger emphasis on regional economic, social and environmental sustainability. Recognizing that the success of regional planning requires […]

Fernie Official Community Plan Update

Fernie Official Community Plan Update Date: 2012-2014 Having recently completed its first Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), the City of Fernie need to update its ten-year-old Official Community Plan (OCP) to align with the ICSP and to better incorporate emerging sustainability issues and strategies. EcoPlan worked in partnership with the Whistler Centre for Sustainability on […]

Electoral Area “F” OCP Update

Electoral Area “F” OCP Update Date: 2017+ EcoPlan is working with a larger project team that includes the Arlington Group on an update of the Official Community Plan for Electoral Area “F” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The project will include a technical review of hazard conditions in the West Bench area adjacent […]

Cowichan Valley Regional District Official Community Plan

Cowichan Valley Regional District Official Community Plan Date: 2007-2009 Working with a larger consultant team led by SmartGrowth BC, EcoPlan helped coordinate the first phase of a multi-phase process to prepare a new, integrated Official Community Plan for Electoral Areas B (Shawnigan Lake) and C (Cobble Hill) in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. EcoPlan managed […]

Comox Valley Regional District Regional Growth Strategy

Comox Valley Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Date: 2011-2013 Working with a larger consultant team, EcoPlan helped lead the development of a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) for the Comox Valley Regional District. The RGS is unique in its use of clear, objective-based measures for its policy sections. These indicators are clearly linked to and coordinated […]

Child and Youth Friendly Planning Guidelines Workshops

Child and Youth Friendly Planning Guidelines Workshops Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan organized a number of actions to raise awareness and facilitate adoption of Planning Guidelines for Child and Youth Friendly Cities in communities across British Columbia.  Working with stakeholders and partners in the Capital Regional District in Victoria, the launch event was followed by a more […]

Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Preliminary Consultation Process

Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Preliminary Consultation Process Date: 2010-2011 EPI was engaged by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to support the preliminary consultation process for its Regional Growth Strategy review process. This work included the development and implementation of an education and awareness campaign around the Regional Growth Strategy project and the broader […]

Regional District of Mount Waddington Strategic Economic Sectors Plan

Client: Regional District of Mount Waddington Dates: 2014 EcoPlan worked with the Regional District of Mount Waddington on an analysis of the strategic sectors that will be the basis for economic development in the next 5-10 years in the Regional District. Following an initial analysis of the relative size and growth potential of each sector, the […]

Electoral Area “D-1” OCP Update

Client: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Date: 2014-2016 EcoPlan led a larger project team that includes the Arlington Group on an update of the Official Community Plan for Electoral Area “D-1” in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS). With a small and highly dispersed rural population, the project employed a range of engagement techniques to ensure the […]

South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Preliminary Review

Client: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Date: 2015 EcoPlan, supported by the Arlington Group, was engaged to conduct a preliminary review of the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), which applies to the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley and includes the municipalities of Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland, and RDOS Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, “D”, “E”, […]

Squamish-Lillooet Economic Development

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Economic Development Opportunities Project EcoPlan conducted an Economic Opportunity Assessment project for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) to foster economic development and to facilitate collaboration among local governments. The project was coordinated by the SLRD as part of its Regional Growth Strategy initiative, and included many municipal, regional and First Nations governments. [...]

N Okanagan Regional District Growth Strategy

North Okanagan Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Decision Support EcoPlan helped the North Okanagan Regional District to evaluate objectives, policies and trade‐offs for the development of a Regional Growth Strategy for the area. Rigorous and transparent and participatory structured decision‐making tools were used to help elected officials, staff, and the broader community to reach informed, [...]