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Planning is about working for the public interest to improve quality of life and the built environment. But whose interests are being served? As many planning leaders have noted, planning requires thoughtful consideration of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. That’s easier said than done, even in social planning. Inequities lie at the root of poverty and other social and health challenges that communities face. Yet, poverty reduction work can sometimes be limited to quick ‘downstream’ fixes: food banks, shelters, providing services. To make a real difference in the long term, our work must also focus on broader, more ‘upstream’ approaches. We need to identify and tackle racism, colonialism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination – forces that have led to poverty. This session will offer ideas for integrating equity into social planning and poverty reduction work, in part by profiling our work in BC. Through interactive discussions and small group work, we will explore ways to integrate equity into preparing community profiles, engaging community members, analyzing data, reporting your findings, creating an action plan, and identifying your metrics of ‘success.’

Elevation 2.0 - SS-31: A City Without Art?

July 07, 2022 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | 2.0, Elevation
Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl Society recently reported on the displacement of artists from the district with the highest density of visual artists in Canada. The case study, which won awards from CIP and PIBC, discusses the key role of artists in building community, fostering creativity and spurring economic activity. Artist and planner John Steil describes a comprehensive 'no net loss, plus!' strategy to protect, enhance and grow the supply of artist production space. This session will provide an update on subsequent steps taken to develop an Eastside Arts District, addressing Steil's experience in the overlapping realms of art, volunteering, and planning practice.
In the wake of a hot, dry summer across Canada – extreme heat events led to nearly 600 excess deaths in BC alone – planners must consider how their practices should evolve in the context of a changing climate. Trees and urban forests provide essential ecosystem services that planners should consider and balance with other priorities in land use decisions. This session will include three presentations providing an overview of how regional and municipal actors in BC have worked to overcome barriers to tree protection and planting. Metro Vancouver staff will present an overview of the regional role in urban forestry and climate adaptation, and how it has informed regional planning. Diamond Head Consulting staff will present the Tree Regulations Toolkit. Published by Metro Vancouver in 2021, the toolkit guides planners to consider trees in higher-level policies, land use and tree bylaws. Finally, City of Victoria staff will offer a case study on how the municipality has integrated trees into land use decision-making from its Parks and Planning departments. Victoria’s initiatives include the new ‘Missing Middle’ zoning, tree bylaw update, and tree management in the public realm.
Canadian municipalities have worked hard to respond to climate change over the past 15 years, and policies are now included in most comprehensive municipal plans. In the face of increasingly disruptive climate change-related events, more than 500 municipalities across Canada have declared climate emergencies – but the bigger question remains: are they delivering or able to deliver change? Municipal knowledge of sustainable and climate-conscious land use policymaking is extensive. Less extensive is their ability to implement those policies on the ground. Many municipalities have created community energy plans, but few have been implemented, let alone integrated into planning policies and practice. This presentation will reflect our experience with Simcoe County and other municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe as they work to comply with recent provincial climate change policy requirements. It will highlight the challenges for urban and rural communities seeking to create actionable policy at the local level. The session will also cover best practices and lessons from current scholarship and project experience on implementation strategies.
Canada's farms are changing. To maintain viability, many farmers are diversifying their land uses and business operations to include both agricultural and non-agricultural uses. Provincial policy, such as that in Ontario, supports these uses. Still, clarity in policy, practice, and implementation is critical. How should the planning profession permit these uses in training and walk the fine line in balancing farmland preservation, agricultural viability, and economic opportunity? Based on province-wide research, this presentation will explore trends in on-farm diversification, the impacts of on-farm diversification policy on family farmers, and the emerging approaches to support and responsibly plan for on-farm diversified uses in Ontario’s rural communities. Perspectives from planners at municipal and provincial levels in Ontario will be presented and aim to build consensus around best practices for promoting on-farm diversification. This study is a step forward in identifying the ways planners can support agriculture to maximize community benefit while protecting agri-food systems, promoting sustainable development, and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of farmers.

Elevation 2.0 - SS-25: All Planners are Adaptation Planners

July 07, 2022 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | 2.0, Elevation
Through the Policy on Climate Change Planning, CIP recognizes that planners have a role in adapting to climate change. This session embodies the idea that “All Planners are Adaptation Planners” and demonstrates how planners can use existing skills and tools to assess climate change risks and advance climate adaptation and community resilience. We will review adaptation strategies, examine critical policy drivers, and guide planners toward additional learning resources. The session will include a condensed view of existing climate change adaptation and resilience training for planners developed with funding from Natural Resource Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program. The Climate Risk Institute participated in creating this program for Ontario and the Prairies in collaboration with CIP, OPPI, MPPI, SPPI, and APPI. The session will link key climate change risk assessment principles and adaptation approaches with planning tools and policies. It will conclude by demonstrating the Adaptation Resource Pathway for Planners, an interactive PDF to help identify climate change resources and training opportunities that match planners’ needs.
The Elevation Conference program encompasses both old chestnuts (housing affordability and climate change) and new challenges (COVID recovery, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation). The question is, with limited resources, how do municipalities respond? Do we pile on policies or make choices? Who dares to advise council, “You can have anything you want but not everything”? What is the role of planners when council must say "Sorry" to stakeholders? How do planners reconcile public and private voices? Reflecting the speaker’s 50 years of planning and academic experience, this session will address evidence-based policy research – often overlooked – and how it can help to narrow policy choices and allocate funds. Regardless of methodology, research cannot anticipate all its impacts or ensure public support in today’s media-rich environment. Combining analysis, action, and anecdotes, the presentation will demonstrate how research combined with engagement can helpwhen difficult choices must be made in the context of limited resources. Identifying new relationships between research and reality, it will build the planner’s tool kit by marrying policy analysis with participation.
The convergence of the global disruptions, like pandemic, social and racial unrest, political polarization and generational inequities have altered how we plan, design and build places. The use of the terms diversity, equity and inclusion has grown over the past two years, but what do those words really mean? How do we truly plan, design and build equitable and inclusive places for all? What does the AICP Code of Ethics tell us about our values and principles as planners? What is APA doing to prepare for the future. Join me as I share my reflections on planning for places and spaces and my thoughts about how planners need to think and act differently going forward.
Many local governments have adopted the BC Energy Step Code and developed climate plans with ambitious GHG emission reduction targets. At the same time, these local governments may also have policies and bylaws that do not support, and in some cases inhibit, construction of low carbon buildings. The Low Carbon Building Policy Toolkit was developed to help local governments remove barriers and make it easier to build low-carbon, high-performance buildings in their communities. In this session, toolkit authors Devon Miller and Brendan McEwen will provide an overview of the toolkit, and how it can be used by local governments seeking to remove barriers to the uptake of low carbon buildings in their communities.
This session will examine how the Metlakatla First Nation in northwestern British Columbia developed an innovative planning system to manage the impacts of development and achieve their community goals. In the seven years since initiation of the Metlakatla Cumulative Effects Management (CEM) Program, the Metlakatla has been recognized as a leader in community-based cumulative effects planning, acclaimed as a first-of-its-kind Indigenous-led planning initiative. The presenters worked with the Metlakatla to develop this program. They will describe the planning system and share stories and lessons from the Metlakatla experience with a series of case studies covering off-reserve housing strategies, health values and indicators, and energy management. Three keys to success will be highlighted: (1) moving from reactive to proactive planning by establishing community goals and targets; (2) developing strategies to achieve goals with tiered management triggers and action plans; and (3) continuous learning and monitoring. The presentation will illustrate how Indigenous values and practices formed the basis of the planning system and the role of strategies in achieving objectives.
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