Stantec Wins Two Awards for Planning Excellence
The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) announced that Stantec has received two awards, recognizing planning excellence. Stantec’s work on the Strathcona County Agriculture Master Plan received an Award of Excellence in the Rural/Small Town Planning Category. The Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool, developed in partnership with the British Columbia Ministry of Community, Sport and Culture, received an Award of Merit in the New and Emerging Planning Initiatives category.
The Strathcona County Agriculture Master Plan, completed in partnership with Toma & Bouma Management Consultants, re-focuses land development priorities away from urban sprawl and emphasizes the importance of sustainable agricultural economy in the county, located east of Edmonton, Alberta. Through communication and education, the master plan aims to build long term community support for a longstanding tradition of agricultural development in the area. The principles of the Strathcona County Agriculture Master Plan can be used across Canada where rural and urban priorities compete.
“The plan is an important first step in raising awareness about the importance of agriculture to our community,” says Strathcona County Mayor Roxanne Carr. “Our community was built on a strong rural foundation that continues to influence our values and way of life. This plan gives us a vision and policy framework for building and maintaining this aspect of our community into the future. ”
When communities need to better understand the financial implications of land use decisions, they turn to the CLIC Tool. This excel based decision-support tool allows communities to project the lifecycle cost of infrastructure associated with different patterns of development over a 100-year timeframe. The Awards Committee commended the British Columbia Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development for this forward thinking tool and for making it available for all communities to use.
“The CLIC Tool, by effectively connecting land-use to asset management, can help local governments make development decision that support fiscal sustainability over the long-term. Stantec has played a significant role in revisions and technical upgrades to support ease of use for local governments,” says Narissa Chadwick senior planner, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, British Columbia.
The Canadian Institute of Planners annual Awards for Planning Excellence honour planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential, and overall presentation.
There are thirteen categories for Awards for Planning Excellence. Submissions are judged by an Awards Committee of professional planners from across Canada, and presented during the annual conference on July 7, 2016 in Quebec City.
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