Local project leads sustainability efforts

Lake Country has been acknowledged as a sustainability leader by the Planning Institute of B.C.

Lake Country has been acknowledged as a sustainability leader by the Planning Institute of B.C.

The district’s integrated sustainability plan was noted as a leading planning project in the province.

“We have worked very hard to enhance our community sustainability, including supporting local agriculture, the arts community, maintaining and investing in community infrastructure, and supporting the development of a vibrant town centre,” said Mayor James Baker.

With funding support from the federal government, the ICSP is a road map to work toward environmental, cultural, social, and economic goals for Lake Country.

With input from the public, the plan’s vision is that, “Lake Country be a healthy, sustainable community that attracts and retains residents, businesses and visitors because of its employment opportunities, outstanding outdoor recreation, thriving arts and culture, special agricultural character, natural beauty, and easy access to urban amenities.”

“The Lake Country ICSP was developed in partnership with a core group of community stakeholders, including arts and cultural groups, educational institutions and other agencies, environmental organizations, as well as the chamber of commerce, and individual volunteers,” said Mark Koch, director of community services.