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Comprehensive Community Plan

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The  Comprehensive  Community  Plan (CCP) is in the beginning stages of development. Tsawout is working closely with the consultant, AECOM Planning Group to create the CCP. 

Background Information:

CCP Visioning Survey Comprehensive Community Plan Visioning Survey (153kB)

CCP Planning  CCP Planning Document (1.95 MB)

Land Use Options Summary

 Land Use Options & Comment Form Document ( 18MB)

The Land Use Options is a a starting point for discussion purposes only:

Please note this is a large file and may take several minutes to download.(18 MB)

Vision_and_Objectives CCP Vision & Objectives  (47KB)

Prefered Option  Preferred Option Summary (7.5MB)

Preferred Option Presentation  AECOM Preferred Option Presentation ( 10 MB)


Tsawout Comprehensive Community Plan - The adoption of the Tsawout Land Code in 2007 marked a new start for self governance for Tsawout. The Land Code reflects Tsawout’s own laws, priorities, and enables Tsawout to manage its own lands.
Managing future land use decisions requires a plan that outlines the type of change acceptable to the community. The plan should be based on Tsawout’s core values, provide a vision for the future and have a transparent set of policies to guide decision making. This type of plan is referred to as a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP).

Chief and Council have asked AECOM Canada (formerly UMA Engineering Ltd) to assist in the preparation of the CCP. The firm helped prepare the previous Physical Development Plan (PDP) and has advised on numerous infrastructure issues around the community. While AECOM will provide the technical planning expertise for the project, the process will be driven by the community to ensure that the CCP represents the perspectives of all members, whether they reside within or outside the community. All members of the community, including Elders, youth, and family representatives can offer unique and valuable perspectives on community needs, values and priorities.

Belinda Claxton has been assigned to the project as a Trainee and will work with the Lands Manager and the consultant to help prepare the CCP. Belinda will be an important member of the team and will be responsible for collecting information from the community at key points in the process.  (She will re-sign from her position as Chair for the term of this project). 
The project timelines are posted in this newsletter and we expect to be complete by March 2010.
There are five main steps in the process:
  • background analysis of existing conditions and opportunities
  • Identifying community values and priorities to develop a vision
  • Preparing a set of land use options for future development
  • Developing a preferred option and key policies
  • Identifying land management and implementation actions

The community will be invited to open house events to provide input and ideas. Family meetings will also be arranged to discuss the community’s values and vision. All events will be well publicized in advance. Background information and reports will be available via the Tsawout website or from the Band office.
If you would like more information on the project or have some ideas that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact Ken Cossey, Lands Manager or Bill Corsan, consultant with AECOM Canada. Bill’s contact information is provided below:
Bill Corsan
AECOM Canada
604.298.6181   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tentative TIMELINE FOR CCP – September to March 2010
  1. Information Gathering
  • Background Research + Visioning
  • Community Surveys (Early September)
  • A survey designed for the broader community that will capture the community vision.
  • CP Holder Open House: Visioning (September 21st)
  • Introduce the project to CP Holders.
  • Goal of Open House is to determine CP Holders vision for their land.
  • Presentation of background information on existing conditions. This information will be used to work with the Lands Committee to identify the broad goals for the community planning.

2.  Goals and Objectives Framework Presented to Lands Committee (October 19th)

  • Present results from the Open House and Visioning workshop to the Lands Committee

3.  Development Options for Comprehensive Community Plans

  • CP Holder Open House: Development Options (November 15)
  • Initial set of land use options to be presented for feedback from CP Holders.
  • Initial set of land use options to be presented for feedback from community members.

4.  Family Meetings (November)

  • -Opportunity to conduct family meetings to present the land use options and obtain feedback in a more informal setting

5.  Review Preferred Option with Lands Committee (December 21)

  • Present the findings of the open houses and the emerging preferred option.

6.  Draft Land Use Plan

  • CP Holder Open House: Draft Land Use Plan (January 18, 2010)
  • Present draft land use plan including servicing requirements.
  • Community Open House (January 18, 2010)
  • Present draft land use plan including servicing requirements.

7.  Family Meetings (January)

  • Opportunity to conduct family meetings to present the draft CCP and obtain feedback in a more informal setting.

8.  Land Management/Implementation Actions

  • Lands Committee Presentation (February 15, 2010)
  • Present new development process to Lands Committee.

9.  Final Comprehensive Community Plan

  • Community Celebration (March 15, 2010)
  • Presentation of the final plan to the broader community.
  • Opportunity for a celebratory feast or event.