Category Archives : Community Planning


How urban design affects our health

Research from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) has found that people in more walkable cities are more likely to be healthy. The research involved studies in 11 countries, and recommends that cities encourage walking and physical activity through: better integration of residential areas with commercial areas  building communities so that the places where people want READ MORE


Resilient Communities: Cool Ideas for Locally Elected Leaders

Our annual governance forum in Harrison Hot Springs explores the idea of resiliency and the bold and creative ways in which leaders and communities are responding to the major environmnetal challenges of our time. Presentations: Bill Rees – The Big Picture: The Jekyll and Hyde of Resilience Juan Torres – Children and Cities: Planning to Grow Together Briony Penn – Conservation Offsets: Stretching Funds for Greenspace, Watersheds and Community Forests


Calgary invests in communities

Calgary’s newly formed Community Investment Fund will direct $252 million over the next six years into community projects including a new central library, new recreation centres, and upgrades to community arenas, pools, parks and community associations and recreation groups.  The investment in projects was made possible by the Province’s decision to ease the provincial property READ MORE


Toronto’s new neighbourhood ranking website

 A new website that builds upon open data allows users to rate Toronto neighbourhoods. Information provided on the Wellbeing Toronto website is exhaustive, ranging from the number of car crashes in an area, to income and education levels. While some view the ranking system as potentially damaging to communities, many others are happy to have such data readily READ MORE


Planning a Post-Carbon World:The City of North Vancouver and the 100 Year Plan

The City of North Vancouver’s "100 Year Sustainability Vision" highlights what is likely one of the first attempts to use greenhouse gas reduction targets as part of the long-term design of a city. The project looks at North Vancouver’s expected growth, and aims to increase residential and job density while maintaining aesthetic appeal. Read the READ MORE


Victoria, BC Latest Transition Town

Victoria is taking the Transition Initiative by working to address peak oil and climate change issues, in an effort to enhance community sustainability and resiliency. To date the Victoria Region Transition Initiative (VRTI) has participated in public forums, given presentations, provided film screenings, and completed a Strategic Plan. Get more information on the VRTI here READ MORE


Investing in a Better Future: A Review of the Fiscal & Competitive Advantages of Smarter Growth Development Patterns

This 2004 report from the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy makes the case that more compact development patterns and investing in projects to improve urban cores could save taxpayers money and improve overall regional economic performance. 


Smart Growth BC

Smart Growth is a set of principles that encourages socially, fiscally and environmentally responsible land use and growth. Smart Growth BC is a non-governmental organization that works to put these principles into practice. Smart Growth BC runs a number of programs including SmartGrowth on the Ground, the Community Assistance Program, Agricultural Land Reserve Protection and READ MORE