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, consensus decisions about policy options for sustainable development in the region. The project used leading edge, participatory decision tools, including the use of audience response systems that provided statistically valid, defensible data for the prioritization of community sustainability objectives and values. EcoPlan also developed and hosted a series of policy workshops and an elected officials forum, where community members, elected officials, staff and other stakeholders explored different regional development and sustainability scenarios and the trade-offs each would require.