Coastal Guardian Watchmen: Stewarding the Coast for All

Coastal Guardian Watchmen: Stewarding the Coast for All – A Case for Investment Working collaboratively with the Capital Regional District and Southern Gulf Islands Community Economic SustainabilityCommission,EcoPlan helped develop Experience the Gulf Islands, a unique inter-island community tourism strategy for the Southern Gulf Islands (Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring, Saturna).  Designed to [...]

The Town of Oliver: Active Transportation and Downtown Beautification

The Town of Oliver: Active Transportation and Downtown Beautification EcoPlan supported the Town of Oliver in implementing its Economic Development Strategy (which we also supported).  The Elements of this plan incorporates active transportation, wayfinding, and downtown beautification. Each of these are discussed below. ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION Active transportation includes any form of human powered transportation: walking [...]

Sea2City Design
Challenge

Sea2City Design Challenge Sea2City Design Challenge Client: City of Vancouver Dates: 2021-2023 EcoPlan was on the consulting team for this award winning  [W1] city of Vancouver Project. The Sea2City Design Challenge (see video) was a collaborative design challenge focused on reimagining the future of the False Creek shoreline. Over a 12-month period, the project united [...]

Metro Vancouver Resilient Region Strategic Framework

Metro Vancouver Resilient Region Strategic Framework Client: Metro Vancouver Dates: 2020-2021 Metro Vancouver engaged EcoPlan to help with the development of a framework to support and guide the incorporation of resiliency and equity into all their work. The purpose of the framework is to improve the institutional capacity of Metro Vancouver to manage change, including [...]

Stewardship Technicians Training Program

Stewardship Technicians Training Program Client: Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative Date: 2019-2020   The Stewardship Technicians Training Program is a pilot project by Coastal First Nations (CFN) in partnership with Vancouver Island University. The program provides technical and leadership training to meet CFN stewardship needs throughout the North Coast, Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. [...]

Mt Currie Village British Columbia Planning

Mt. Currie Village Planning EcoPlan worked with Lil’wat Nation to create the design for the Mount Currie Village in British Columbia. The project explored design options for the future heart and centre of the Mt. Currie community by gathering input on values, guiding principles and options from residents and Nation Members. Using a highly visual, [...]

St George Alaska Economic Development

“Rebuilding Our Future” Kayutuuxtxin Tanagnangin Igayuusalix angagiimchin agnaxtxichin - St George Alaska Local Economic Development Strategy Summary of Results An actionable economic development strategy and 11 working papers, housed on a public website Support for funding and implementation of key projects, such as the $164 million St. George Harbor. A feature write-up with the American [...]

Musqueam
Various Projects

Musqueam – Various Projects EcoPlan has worked with Musqueam First Nation since beginning a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) in 2008. Winner of a 2011 provincial Award of Excellence for Planning Practice, Musqueam’s CCP was an ambitious multi-year project that included over 10 additional studies and strategies over the course of the four-year project, all the [...]

Comprehensive Community Planning Training

Comprehensive Community Planning Guidebook and Training EcoPlan worked with the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) to develop a Comprehensive Community Planning Toolkit and supporting training program for NADF affiliated communities in Northern Ontario. The toolkit is designed as a step-by-step resource for First Nations staff and leadership who are involved in resourcing and delivering a [...]

Promoting Local Economic Development Guidebook Series

Promoting Local Economic Development Guidebook Series EcoPlan developed a local economic development (LED) training series in partnership with UN-HABITATthrough a process that included research, peer review, and field‐testing. The training series acts as a resource guide for local governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to initiate and implement economic development interventions through locally driven strategic [...]

Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring and Evaluation

Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring and Evaluation Winner of the 2014 Award of Excellence for Applied Planning from the Planning Institute of BC, the Regional District of North Okanagan Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy is considered a best practice example of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program – one that is participatory, has learning as a core objective, [...]

Coastal Adaptation Plan – Fraser River Foreshore

Coastal Adaptation Plan – Fraser River Foreshore Coastal Adaptation Plan – Fraser River Foreshore Client: City of Vancouver Date: 2017 - 2018 EcoPlan led a project with support from Northwest Hydraulics Consulting (NHC) and Connect Landscape Architecture on the City of Vancouver’s Coastal Adaptation Plan. The project explored the City’s most at-risk coastal flood hazard [...]

MAP
Strathcona

MAP Strathcona With grant support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) undertook a unique and innovative project to develop a Mobility Advocacy Plan (MAP) for the business district - the first of its kind in Canada. Incorporating the context of changing land-use plans and new developments within and [...]

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Guidebook and Toolkit

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Guidebook and Toolkit To support healthy transportation and community planning in the Lower Mainland and the rest of BC, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Authorities, TransLink, and several other organizations worked together to develop a guidebook and corresponding toolkit for health impact assessments. EcoPlan led the development of the [...]

Experience the Gulf Islands (ETGI)

Experience the Gulf Islands (ETGI) Working collaboratively with the Capital Regional District and Southern Gulf Islands Community Economic SustainabilityCommission,EcoPlan helped develop Experience the Gulf Islands, a unique inter-island community tourism strategy for the Southern Gulf Islands (Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring, Saturna).  Designed to build on and support existing island tourism and [...]

Giiwedaa – Comprehensive Community Plan

Giiwedaa – Comprehensive Community Plan and Update Winner of the 2013 Award for Planning Excellence in Aboriginal Planning and Development from the Canadian Institute of Planners, EcoPlan worked with the Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation to develop a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) and Land Use Plan for a new reserve secured in 2008 by the formerly [...]

Britannia
Renewal

Britannia Renewal Britannia Renewal Client: City of Vancouver Dates: 2016 - 2018 EcoPlan worked with a larger project team led by Urban Arts Architecture to develop a Master Plan for Britannia Community Services Centre and the large 18-acre site in East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood. EcoPlan led public engagement for the community-guided project, which resulted [...]

Cormorant Island
Economic Development
Plan

Tides of Change: Cormorant Island Joint Economic Development Strategy Winner of a 2016 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Award, Tides of Change was a joint economic development strategy developed with ‘Namgis First Nation and the Village of Alert Bay on Northern Vancouver Island. One of the first such joint projects in Canada, [...]

Surrey Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS)

Surrey Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) Surrey Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy Client: City of Surrey Dates: 2016 – 2019 As part of a larger project team led by Northwest Hydraulics Consulting (NHC), EcoPlan supported the City of Surrey on a five-phase project to develop a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) for the City’s coastal floodplain [...]

Yale First Nation Comprehensive Community Plan and Land Use Plan

Yale First Nation Comprehensive Community Plan and Land Use Plan Date: 2012-2014 EcoPlan worked with Colliers International and Yale First Nation, BC’s newest Treaty First Nation, to develop a Comprehensive Community Plan and supporting Land Use Plan for the Nation’s Treaty Settlement Lands and former reserve areas. Due to funding and Treaty implementation obligations, the […]

Xwísten Comprehensive Community Plan

Xwísten Comprehensive Community Plan Date: 2012-2014 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten to develop their first Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP). With extensive participation, this project was an opportunity to bring the community together through multiple Community Gatherings, youth workshops, dinners, and other activities.  Two surveys were also used to make sure on- and off-reserve members had a chance […]

Training in Comprehensive Community Planning

Training in Comprehensive Community Planning Date: 2016-2017 EcoPlan led a 2-day training for Nokiiwin Tribal Council’s six communities in the Thunder Bay / Lake Nipigon area. This included an overview of values- based decision making, project planning, strategic planning, and community engagement in the context of developing Comprehensive Community Plans for First Nations. The training included […]

Town of Oliver OCP Update

Town of Oliver OCP Update Date: 2016-2017 With the support of the Arlington Group, EcoPlan led a project to review and update the Town of Oliver’s Official Community Plan. The project included a focus on downtown revitalization, including new and simplified design guidelines for the area, and the development of supportive policies across multiple chapters. The […]

South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy- Update

South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy- Update Date: 2015-2016 EcoPlan (working with the Arlington Group), was retained to conduct a review to determine whether a “minor” or “major” update of the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) was required for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The RGS applies to the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley […]

South Cariboo Official Community Plan

South Cariboo Official Community Plan Date: 2015-? EcoPlan was retained to support the Arlington Group in an update of the South Cariboo Area OCP. The OCP Update includes multi-faceted public consultation throughout the process, including a project Advisory Committee and local First Nations engagement.  Other areas addressed in the OCP update include a review of ALR […]

Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments

Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments Date: 2012 In 2012, EcoPlan helped support two new Treaty First Nations of the Maa-nulth Treaty — Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government — join the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) on Vancouver Island’s west coast. An undertaking with no precedents, EcoPlan worked with the parties through […]

Regional District of Nanaimo – Nodal Development Guidebook

Regional District of Nanaimo – Nodal Development Guidebook Date: 2005 EcoPlan helped Smart Growth BC to research, write and produce a guidebook for the Regional District of Nanaimo on nodal development and its role within the District’s Regional Growth Strategy. The document included design guidelines and a section on best practices. The guidebook was the first […]

Regional District of Central Okanagan Priority Projects

Regional District of Central Okanagan Priority Projects Date: 2016-2017 The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s (RDCO) RGS Priority Projects Plan is a Five-year Action Plan that outlines priority initiatives for the RDCO to implement based on commitments defined in the RDCO’s Regional Growth. The RDCO engaged EcoPlan International (EPI) to work with RDCO staff and the […]

Powell River Regional District Zoning Materials

Powell River Regional District Zoning Materials Date: Following the 2013 adoption of the Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area C, the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) contracted EcoPlan to support a community engagement process to gauge community interest in developing a “companion land use bylaw” to help support the implementation of the OCP. EcoPlan […]

Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization

Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization Date: 2008 EcoPlan worked with the Tla’amin First Nation and the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) to identify opportunities for coordinating land use planning between the two governments, for potential Treaty Settlement Lands Tla’amin had identified as part of their treaty negotiations. The project resulted […]

Powell River Regional District Workshop

Powell River Regional District Workshop Date: 2010 EcoPlan facilitated a regional planning workshop that brought together representatives of the Powell River Regional District, the City of Powell River, and the Tla’amin First Nation to discuss a Regional Growth and Development Analysis Report prepared by Van Struth Consulting Group. The workshop commenced with a discussion of […]

Planning Healthy Communities Fact Sheets

Planning Healthy Communities Fact Sheets Date: 2012 After reviewing nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles and 16 reports from respected Canadian agencies published between 2007 and 2011, EcoPlan developed a series of fact sheets highlighting findings from the Canadian context relating community design and health.  Covering such themes as active transportation, children & youth, and equity, the […]

Planning for Healthy Communities and Economies Workshop

Planning for Healthy Communities and Economies Workshop Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan designed and facilitated a workshop that pulled together health practitioners and economic development stakeholders to identify the links between a healthy built environment and local economic development. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how communities could facilitate economic development and diversification opportunities by […]

Okanagan Valley Interegional Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Okanagan Valley Interegional Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Date: 2015-2017 The State of the Basin Report is the product of an interregional initiative to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework intended to track progress on matters which are important to the Okanagan Valley as a whole. EcoPlan International (EPI) was contracted to support and work with staff from the Regional […]

Powell River Official Community Plan Update

Powell River Official Community Plan Update Client: City of Powell River Date: 2013-2014 EcoPlan worked with a planning team led by the Arlington Group on updating the City of Powell River’s 2005 Official Community Plan. EcoPlan helped plan and deliver the community engagement component and coordinated planning collaboration with Tla’amin Nation, BC’s most recent Treaty […]

Monitoring and Evaluation for Regional Growth Strategy Implementation

Monitoring and Evaluation for Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Date: 2012 Working with the Regional District of North Okanagan on their M&E Strategy, EcoPlan created a best practice example for all Regional Districts of a successful RGS-specific M&E program – one that is participatory, has learning as a core objective, and that actively engages community members […]

Metro Vancouver RGS Indicator Review

Metro Vancouver RGS Indicator Review Date: 2015 EcoPlan International was contracted to work with Metro Vancouver to conduct a formal review of the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Monitoring Framework in order to identify and fill gaps in the existing set of Metro 2040 performance measures and data sources, and improve the Progress toward Shaping our […]

Electoral Area “D-1” OCP Update

Electoral Area “D-1” OCP Update Client: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Date: 2014-2016 EcoPlan led a larger project team that included the Arlington Group on an update of the Official Community Plan for Electoral Area “D-1” in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS). With a small and dispersed rural population, the project has employed a […]

Squamish Downtown Neighbourhood Plan

Squamish Downtown Neighbourhood Plan Client: District of Squamish Date: 2013-2014 EcoPlan worked with a larger project team to update and finalize the Squamish Downtown Neighbourhood Plan. As part of the Downtown Squamish Transformation Initiative, the project included a substantial economic development review to ensure that the revised plan addresses existing economic challenges, better integrates economic […]

Town of Oliver OCP Update

Town of Oliver OCP Update Client: Town of Oliver Date: 2016-2017 With the support of the Arlington Group, EcoPlan led a project to review and update the Town of Oliver’s Official Community Plan. The project included a focus on downtown revitalization, including new and simplified design guidelines for the area, and the development of supportive policies across […]

North Okanagan Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring and Evaluation

North Okanagan Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring and Evaluation Date: 2012 EcoPlan helped the North Okanagan Regional District to evaluate objectives, policies and trade‐offs for the development of a Regional Growth Strategy for the area. Rigorous and transparent and participatory structured decision‐making tools were used to help elected officials, staff, and the broader community […]

Lower Similkameen Economic Development Strategy

Lower Similkameen Economic Development Strategy Date: 2011-2012 EcoPlan worked with Beringia Planning to support the development of a community economic development strategy for the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. This strategy provided vital information that continues to guide decision making and action at a time when the Nation continues to transition towards greater accountability and transparency […]

Lower Nicola Indian Band Comprehensive Community Plan

Lower Nicola Indian Band Comprehensive Community Plan Date: 2008-2009 EcoPlan completed the first phase of a three-phase project to develop a Comprehensive Community Plan for the Lower Nicola Indian Band, which is located just outside of Merritt, BC. The first phase of work included the development of a detailed Community Profile, a community survey and […]

Lac La Hache Official Community Plan Review and Update

Lac La Hache Official Community Plan Review and Update Date: 2015-? EcoPlan was retained to support the Arlington Group in an update of the Lac La Hache Area Official Community Plan. Being a small rural community with an influx of seasonal residents, effective public consultation has a high priority in this process – including well-timed […]

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Comprehensive Community Plan Update

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Comprehensive Community Plan Update Date: 2016-2017 EcoPlan supported the update of KHFN’s award- winning CCP, Hith Alis Lax Gwa-yas-dums: Moving from Crisis to Hope. The CCP acted as a guide for many projects in KHFN, and the update sought to keep the CCP relevant and keep the community moving forward by revisiting the […]

Metro Vancouver Green Infrastructure Network Resources Guide

Metro Vancouver Green Infrastructure Network Resources Guide Date: 2013 EcoPlan supported project lead Diamond Head Consulting in the development of Connecting the Dots: A Regional Green Infrastructure Network for Metro Vancouver.  This guide is intended to help Metro Vancouver planners, leaders, and community members to understand the principles, technologies and applications of green infrastructure projects, such as permeable […]

Tl’etinqox Comprehensive Community Plan

Tl’etinqox Comprehensive Community Plan Date: 2016+ EcoPlan is currently working with the Tl’etinqox Government to develop a Comprehensive Community Plan that will outline a vision for Tl’etinqox’s future, and establish a plan for how to get there. Though the plan itself is still under development, this project has involved a substantial amount of community engagement. […]

Hesquiaht Coast Trail Feasibility Study

Hesquiaht Coast Trail Feasibility Study Date: 2006 EcoPlan developed a multi-phase trail concept for the Hesquiaht First Nation on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Project work included a market and development feasibility plan, preliminary routing, design guidelines and costing. When completed, the 88-kilometre trail will travel through and over some of BC’s most spectacular and diverse […]

Hartley Bay Signage

Hartley Bay Signage Date: 2016 The Hartley Bay signage project created a series of interpretive signs for the Hartley Bay Salmon Hatchery and surrounding walking trails. EcoPlan worked closely with the project team at Gitga’at to produce graphically rich and engaging signs, as well as create and source the additional photographs, illustrations, and maps required […]

Greater Vancouver Regional District Sustainable Region Initiative Case Studies

Greater Vancouver Regional District Sustainable Region Initiative Case Studies Date: 2002-2003 EcoPlan staff researched and developed over 30 case studies of projects in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) that are helping to advance sustainability in the region. Case studies included green energy, housing, park planning, transportation, eco-industrial networking, waste reduction and greenhouse […]