Tuesday, February 16

 3:30pm - 5:00pm


Planners from Labrador, Nunavut and NWT discuss how planning helping communities build capacity, respond to economic decline and celebrate place.

Venue: Library

Moderator: Daniel Grant - Strategic Analyst, Sustainability, Department of Lands, GNWT.

Tuesday, February 16, 3:30 - 4:00

Community Driven Planning through Capacity Development in the Northwest Territories

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Community planning in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for many years followed the Alberta small town models – in fact a number of community plans and zoning bylaws were once clearly cut and pasted from Alberta examples.  However, planning issues, size and local capacity in NWT communities often makes it difficult to effectively adopt and implement these plans; many communities have outdated plans that are no longer relevant. 

To create plans that are meaningful and can be adopted by the communities, the planning process needs to incorporate local capacity development.  For most NWT communities, community plans often do not follow the idea of planning for growth, but rather planning for change - changing population demographics, changing economies, and a changing climate.  As Professional Planners, our audience (the communities) needs more support to understand how their plans will work for them so they can be involved in shaping the content.   In each step of the six step planning process practical and applicable activities need to be included to engage local Councils, administrative staff and the general public.  Once plans are drafted real life scenarios need to be tested by the local Community Council and staff to help build an understanding of how the plans work and test their relevance and applicability. This presentation will explore the role Planners have in supporting small communities to effectively undertake planning process that are meaningful and useful.  We will describe real life examples of techniques used for developing this capacity and implementing meaningful planning processes. 

Co-speaker: Anne Pigott – Environmental Planner, Dillon Consulting Limited


Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 - 4:30

Plan BIG: Adaptive Frameworks for Community Regional Planning in Labrador

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Plan BIG is a growth strategy developed for the region of Labrador West, incorporating contemporary urban planning principles, winter city design considerations and adaptive planning policies. The project was initiated in 2013 by a Regional Task Force consisting of members from municipal, provincial and federal governments, as well as representatives from the mining sector. The scope of the project required the collaboration of many different disciplines, including engineering, planning, geotechnical & environmental sciences, architecture, and landscape architecture to navigate the complex territory of Labrador West.

Despite being called the ‘big land’, growth in Labrador West is restricted by a number of overlapping constraints, including; watersheds, mining buffers, mineral claims, and geographic challenges. Community consultation underpinned a large portion of the work, with engagement sessions occurring at each phase of the project. A fun and inventive approach to public consultation meant useful collaboration with the community. From a guerilla marketing scheme of spray-painted snowbanks, to mental-mapping exercises with school children, alongside interactive and engaging open houses, input from the community was collected and utilized in a variety of ways to supplement the project. The final project outputs included regional water and waste-water modelling, land use plans and development typologies, as well as a detailed implementation strategy to guide the region and streamline municipal efforts to enable change.

Tuesday, February 16, 4:30 - 5:00

Building Our City: Views from 3 Iqaluit Planners

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The City of Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s newest territory, has undergone major changes since the creation of the territory in April 1999. Iqaluit experiences significant demographic growth rate, with a high birthrate, an important in-migration from other Nunavut communities, and a constant influx of Southern professionals moving to Iqaluit. Some Southerners become long-term residents, while others are transient. The community is constantly in motion.

In 2016, its social fabric is very diverse. Long-term resident have an acute sense of place and there is a general sense that Iqaluit is very different than any other place in Nunavut and Canada. To accommodate changes, residents are regularly consulted on a range of issues. Excessive consultation has led to fatigue and the credibility of consultations have been undermined by the fact that they were led in the past by consultants or transient workers with a low level understanding of the historical and cultural context of Iqaluit. The presentation will provide an overview of the challenges of engaging with the community in Iqaluit and tools for successful community engagement.

Co-speaker: Robyn Campbell - Sustainability Coordinator, City of Iqaluit

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