The Sea-to-Sky is a sacred and complex area containing a rich array of natural, economic and cultural assets.  It is an area where natural resource-based industries co-exist with wilderness preservation efforts and a growing tourism economy, and an area where seven aboriginal nations derive their heritage and livelihoods.  It is also an region that is facing mounting development pressures, stemming primarily from outward population expansion from the Greater Vancouver Regional District and ambitious preparations for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It is within this context that the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and a multi-sectoral public forum have crafted a Land and Resource Management Plan for the area.

In April of 2008, after over seven years of research, consultation and negotiation, British Columbia's Provincial Cabinet formally approved the Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan (henceforth "the LRMP"). The LRMP (attached below) is a sub-regional land use plan that covers the over one-million hectares that comprise the plan area, which lies to the north of Greater Vancouver, to the east of the Sunshine Coast and includes the communities of Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.  According to its authors, the LRMP "provides direction for future planning and management of natural resources, and a framework to resolve land use issues" (LRMP, pp. i).  It was undertaken in order to "provide greater certainty for local economic development and the long-term sustainability of ecological, social and cultural values..." and was "developed to balance the economic, environmental, and social interests within the Plan Area..." (ILMB Website).  It is this underlying objective of sustainability, as well as the process and methods used in planning for it, that this website will investigate.  Guided by the framework presented below, we first specified what we mean by sustainability, and what characteristics good sustainability planning should embody. Then, after establishing the context in which the LRMP was developed, we examine the process, tools and approaches employed by the architects of the Sea-to-Sky plan.  Finally, we conclude with a summary of how we believe the LRMP - and the process behind it - reflect our sustainability planning principles.

We suggest that you first familiarize yourself with our summary of the Sea-to-Sky LRMP.  We then invite you explore our analysis by proceeding through the various steps in our Analytical Framework.  Please feel free to share your opinions and feedback along the way!

Brad Cornborough,
Nov 2, 2008, 11:11 AM
Brad Cornborough,
Nov 30, 2008, 5:17 PM