The City of Charlottetown’s new Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) has been adopted by Council and is now available to the public.
The ICSP is a long-term, forward thinking strategic plan that was developed in consultation with the public to provide direction for the community to realize sustainability objectives for its environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions.
The latest version of the ICSP assesses the progress made since it was first created in 2010. It’s designed to ensure the City is moving in the right direction and ready to enter the next phase of implementation.
"Sustainable cities aim to balance the interests of the economy and the environment without sacrificing the things that make them unique and vibrant like culture and society," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Charlottetown understands the importance of these interconnections and I believe that by working together to put this plan into action, each of these integral values can thrive, now and for generations to come."
The ten themes in the report were identified as priorities by the public during the consultation phase. The themes are: Water; Energy; Transportation; Food; Healthy Economy; Infrastructure and the Built Environment; People and Places; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Active Healthy Living; and, Nature. Each of the themes are broken down in the report to include feedback from the public, progress and existing community assets, key stakeholders, and tangible goals and actions for the City to strive toward.
Some of the goals in the report include:
• Re-examine the existing water and sewer rates model to find new ways to encourage water conservation;
• Update practices to ensure regulations do not impede the use of energy efficient technology in heritage preservation;
• Identify and fix gaps in cycling routes and improve signage;
• Work with community stakeholders to develop a food security strategy for PEI;
• Support business skills development and training for artists, emerging entrepreneurs and newcomers;
• Partner with key stakeholders to help address poverty and improve the affordability of the city;
• Explore opportunities for using technology that will improve sustainability in the effort of becoming a "Smart City";
• Update the City’s website in an effort to improve communication with residents and visitors as well as provide more online access to City services;
• Develop a dog park or other improvements for dog owners in the city;
• Partner with educational institutions and community organizations to support emerging artists;
• Work with partners to connect residents with mental health support and addiction services;
• Annually, carry out an urban forest monitoring program to identify and manage invasive pests and identify required tree maintenance;
Of the goals identified in the report, several initiatives are already on the go such as the Sustainable Business Certification Program, the launch of the Sustainable Living Guide (available online at: www.charlottetown.ca/sustainablecity.php), the implementation of a Mass Notification System, the development of a cultural pavilion in Victoria Park that can be used for outdoor events and festivals, and an expansion to the City’s vegetable planter program to continue to provide free vegetables to residents.
"Through the process of updating the ICSP, we’ve been able to substantially build a network of sustainability minded individuals, businesses, and organizations that want to positively contribute to their community," said Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability committee. "Going forward with the implementation of the ICSP 2017, we will need to continue drawing on the support and skills of the community. We will also need to continue our outreach efforts to improve awareness around sustainability practices and build capacity in the community."
The Integrated Community Sustainability Plan is intended to be a living document that evolves over time. Goals in it will change as the City advances toward sustainability and achieves its short-term objectives. Regular adjustments will be necessary to ensure the Plan remains proactive and progressive. An annual review of the progress of the goals and actions will be taken and a report will be released each year outlining the work completed. Every five years, the City also plans to review and update the goals and actions with public consultation.
To review the report in its entirety, visit: www.charlottetown.ca and click on the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan button.
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