Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

The Village of Kaslo  has adopted the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) as its primary strategic guide for decision-making. It articulates Kaslo's vision for a sustainable future, laying out a basic visionary road map to help inform Council and community stakeholder decisions.

 

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From the Executive Summary:

Perched on the shores of Kootenay Lake, the Village of Kaslo is one of the region’s oldest communities. It was established in the late 1800’s when silver ore was discovered in the surrounding mountains. The town grew to an estimated 3000 residents at the height of the mining activity, and then gradually declined due to the decline in mining, during the ensuing decades. 

Today, Kaslo is a lovely village of 1000 residents, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The residents and the Village Council are committed to ensuring the community’s long term well-being.  The purpose of this report is to present a strategy that will help the community realize that outcome in the decades to come.

This sustainability strategy draws upon a number of previous planning processes conducted in recent years, in which the Village had participated as a major partner, or initiated itself. The previous work includes updating the Official Community Plan (2011), and addressing issues such as food security, climate change and agriculture with related agencies and organizations, including the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDCK) and the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). 

The strategy is built upon the community’s values; how residents describe Kaslo as being sustainable; and what actions are needed to move toward that envisioned future. The community identified the following:

“The three best things about Kaslo are …”

  • the beautiful breathtaking natural environment
  • friendly caring people who create a sense of community
  • the lifestyle in a safe and accessible community with many cultural and outdoor activities.

“Three words that best describe a sustainable Kaslo are …”

  • collaborative, friendly and supportive people
  • natural environment and resources to meet basic needs such as food and water
  • economically resilient and diversified.

 

“The three most important things that Kaslo needs to do to become a sustainable community are …”

  • foster community capacity building, along with having affordable housing and health care services
  • continue to pursue local food security, a safe water supply, and stewardship of the natural environment
  • explore new economic drivers and encourage small businesses (e.g. tourism).

Five strategic priorities emerged from the community’s input, as presented in Section 5.0. The five strategic priorities are:

  • Pursue innovative and diverse economic development.
  • Develop and enhance infrastructure, and options for energy resources.
  • Continue the community’s legacy of being stewards of the natural environment, including food and water.
  • Encourage attainable and affordable housing options for the entire community.
  • Build community capacity, health and well-being through the development of cultural, social and educational opportunities.

Each strategic priority is presented in a table, along with specific actions, a lead responsibility, partnerships, an approximate timeline, potential indicators, and linkages to the other priorities. The linkages are meant to show how an action for one priority also helps to further progress for other priorities. As well, key information from related studies and plans is summarized for each priority, and may include findings, policies and/or recommendations as appropriate.

 

Lastly, this strategy is not meant to be ‘written in stone’. Rather, it should be used to support ongoing discussions among and action by community members.  Just as communities are dynamic and evolving, so too should this strategy be reviewed and updated over time, as opportunities, funding and other resources become available for implementation.

 

While the ICSP is a related planning document, it is not part of the bylaws that represent Village planning and approvals authority.  For that information, please visit this page.