Anthony Kittel (left)

Anthony Kittel (left)

Growth strategy earns gold

The Regional District of North Okanagan has praised its planning staff

The Regional District of North Okanagan has praised its planning staff which received a gold award for excellence in planning practice from the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC).

The award was for the regional growth strategy monitoring and evaluation program called Are we there yet, worked on by regional growth strategy co-ordinator Anthony Kittel and Will Trousdale, from EcoPlan International, under the guidance of acting administrator Rob Smaile.

The two-year project included input from planning staff from all jurisdictions in the region and unprecedented public response.

“The team  was recognized for their efforts to turn policy into reality, using community partnerships to secure funding, and engaging the public with creative approaches for participation,” said RDNO vice-chairperson Rick Fairbairn in announcing the honour.

The program was designed to guide local and regional decision making, increase understanding of complex regional issues, engage the public in regional planning and promote transparency by measuring and communicating the regional growth strategy progress.

The monitoring and evaluation program resulted in the development of innovative tools and approaches that can be used by other regional districts and municipalities within their own planning processes.