Community input for CSP process could prove valuable for some time: Buxton
Gary Buxton, manager of planning for the Town said that Signposts to Sustainability: Strategic Directions from the citizens of Canmore to Town Council doesn't contain new information but rather compiles the efforts of the Town to engage Canmorites in teasing out their concerns and desires for the future direction of the Town.
Adding that the document isn't the remains of a failed attempt to renew the Town's
master planning document.
"It's the working material that led to the creation of the CSP, it's not what was left over it is what created the CSP," Buxton
noted that the document would have limited use in recreating a new municipal development plan if the Town
cannot move ahead with a new development plan in the near future.
called the document "very useful" for the Town's
planning department in creating another municipal development plan, or CSP, if a new document is prepared in the next year or so.
"Once we get into 2012, if we're looking at 2008 and 2009 public comments, then there's a time lag where you're going to have to go back and reconfirm with the community," he
"But if it's this year or next year, I think it's a very good base on which to start a new Community Sustainability Plan or municipal development plan â€" whatever you want to call it."
(Buxton said that the primary issue that led to the dissolution of the CSP, the resolution of the wildlife corridor issue, particularly around Three Sisters Mountain Village's area, is not part of a predictable, or known, timetable.)
Mining the Future, Buxton
said, represents the community vision.
Mining the Future II was a process that looked to "bridge the gap
between the vision and the municipal development plan.
"'How are we going to implement the vision through a planning document?' â€" it was much more focused on issues and then policy outcomes and action outcomes that would help to achieve the vision."
Signposts to Sustainability, Buxton
added, strips away all of the policy and returns to the public input that spurred that policy.
"It's really a stripping away of the work that we did based on the public policy, the public feedback â€" going right back to, almost, first principles," he
"Saying, 'OK, here's the material that led to the creation of the CSP."
He said that in the vast majority of cases, one can look to the document that would have formed the CSP and trace it back to a aspect of the community feedback that is enshrined in the Signposts to Sustainability document.
"There are some outliers where the policy was very preliminary, or sketchy, when we started and it really developed as we were reviewing the matter with council, particularly with respect to growth management," Buxton