Sustainability is at the forefront of the Town's philosophy informing how the Town maintains its infrastructure and how it provides services to the community.
What is Sustainability?
There are three pillars of sustainability, these include:
A regional approach for the Sunshine Coast
The Town of Gibsons has partnered with the SCRD and District of Sechelt, in developing a regional sustainability plan for the Sunshine Coast named, We Envision One Coast: Together in Nature, Culture and Community. The plan provides a vision of what the community aspires to be in a sustainable future, takes stock of our current situation, and proposes a concrete set of strategic directions, targets and actions to navigating towards our Vision. It is a forward-thinking framework for action.
For more information, please go to: www.onecoast.ca
Sustainable Development and Smart Growth
Sustainable Development, as coined by the Brundtland Report, is commonly defined as:
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Smart growth combines a number of land use and development principles to ensure that growth is fiscally, environmentally and socially responsible and recognizes the connections between development and quality of life.
Smart Growth is a key concept in the Town of Gibsons Official Community Plan, which is named the Smart Plan. Smart Growth aims to promote the linkages between the three pillars of sustainability and attempts to find a balance. There are a number of common principles to Smart Growth that are local in nature, and can be applied to Gibsons, including: