The idea that ‘problems don’t see borders’ is never more true than in community planning: housing shortages don’t stop at municipal boundaries; emissions don’t respect borders; transportation challenges don’t restrict themselves to a single municipal jurisdiction within a larger area. While regional districts have long offered a regional perspective for planning domains such as infrastructure and land development, more local and Indigenous governments have identified a need for shared and collaborative regional approaches to addressing social issues such as poverty reduction and social cohesion in order to improve health and well-being.
As part of our Local Government Leaders Speaker Series, BC Healthy Communities is pleased to present Creating Healthy Public Policy: Regional Social Planning Services. This session, featuring Meriko Kubota, Regional Social Planner for the City of Powell River, qathet Regional District and Tla’amin Nation, looks at the shared social planning approach undertaken by these three governments together for the benefit of all their community members. Through the collaborative development and implementation of a Regional Social Planning Program, the three governments in the qathet Region are moving forward together.
Designed for elected officials and staff in decision-making roles, each event in the speaker series provides participants with the opportunity to explore whether a similar policy fits their community’s needs, and to consider the next steps needed to advance action towards adopting such a policy.