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Pemberton adopts four-pillar strategic plan

Economic development officer, affordable housing, airport key items for 2007

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• Investing in recreational assets such as One Mile Lake, the development of the community centre and future projects such as skate, bike and water park developments;

• Supporting a multi-generational community; in conjunction with the Seniors’ Society, the Lions Club and the Mount Currie band, the Village will develop a plan to become a senior-friendly community. The Village will also support and facilitate the process for development of the Lions land into seniors’ housing;

• Creating cultural opportunities;

• Building relationships with First Nations.

Economic sustainability, as outlined in the plan, is “a commitment to make decisions that are fiscally responsible and that balance the short term needs of the community against their long-term impacts. It also means valuing and supporting a diversified economy.”

Actions to support economic sustainability include:

• Supporting the downtown revitalization and beautification through the creation of gathering places, additional green space, accessible parking, linked trails and upgraded sidewalk;

• Undertaking a strategic plan for the airport. The Airport Authority has been incorporated and $100,000 secured to develop a strategic plan. This process will be initiated this year. The consulting contract has been awarded to Intervistas and the deadline is Sept. 30;

• Secondary access to downtown;

• Support of Tourism Pemberton;

• Leveraging Olympic opportunities; plans include the hiring of an economic development officer;

• Exploring the Village boundaries and the viability of boundary expansion.

Also identified in the plan is environmental sustainability, which “acknowledges our interdependence with the natural world, and the enhanced quality of life Pembertonians enjoy because of the region’s natural assets, clean air and water, and accessibility of nature. The Village aspires to protect the integrity of our environment through education initiatives and the efficient management of our resources.”

Actions identified to support environmental sustainability include:

• Supporting the Pemberton Environmental Interpretive Centre on One Mile Lake;

• Phasing in water metering to encourage water conservation and responsible consumption;

• Valuing energy neutrality. The Village will establish an ad hoc community environmental task force to identify opportunities to green Pemberton, and explore conducting an energy audit of the Village operations;

• Exploring renewable green energy.

Good governance is the fourth pillar of the strategic plan and is identified as “a commitment to open and accountable government, to integrity in action, citizen engagement and fiscal responsibility. The Village is committed to delivering municipal services at the highest possible level, within the scope of our resources.”