SMART GROWTH PRINCIPLES
The City of Enderby Integrated Sustainability Plan utilizes Smart Growth Principles to provide a framework for the planning process. Based on Smart Growth Principles, the Integrated Sustainability Plan shall:
1. Provide for a range of housing opportunities and choices.
A variety of housing types, including sizes and styles suitable to an aging populations and households of modest income, should be considered for the development of future neighbourhoods in Enderby, such as the Knoll.
2. Enable transportation options and create connections within the neighbourhood and to the surounding community.
To promote community sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the density, land use and road network should be transit-friendly. Destinations within the neighbourhood should be within comfortable walking distance, and an efficient transportation network should provide for both vehicular and non-vehicular linkages to other parts of the community.
3. Encourage Community and Stakeholder Collaboration. Power is in collective knowledge and vision should come from the community.
The citizens of Enderby are most in tune with the community's needs, expectations and aspirations and therefore should be actively involved in the neighbourhood planning process. Working Committees with public representation will be established to address the community sustainability topics described above. Committee consultation sessions should be creative, thought-provoking and focused on providing meaningful input to the community planning process.
4. Foster a distinctive, attractive community with a strong sense of place.
Development of future areas such as the Knoll should build upon the positive, unique, and appealing qualities which characterize the community of Enderby. It should draw its inspiration from Enderby's heritage, environment, climate, and the culture, creativity, and industry of its citizens.
5. Mix land uses and foster a compact, complete community.
Future development should have a mixture of homes, retail, business, institutional, and recreational opportunities which would enable residents to satisfy many of their day-to-day needs close to home.
6. Balance urban development with conservation of open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environment areas.
Consider impacts of development on neighbouring agricultural lands to minimize potential urban/agricultural condlicts and achieve greater community sustainability by promoting local food production. Protect envoronmentally sensitive areas and important areas of habitat for the benefit of wildlife, ecological systems, air and water quality, and aesthetic enjoyment. Establish a Rural Protection Boundary for the City of Enderby and the Regional Growth Strategy.
7. Strengthen and direct development towards serviced and serviceable lands.
Future development of areas should be phased to most efficiently and cost effectively tie into existing infrastructure and thresholds should be identified which would trigger required expansion, improvement, or extension to roads, water, sanitary sewer, and storm water management systems.
Development should be creative and designed in a manner that is sustainable and consistent with Smart Growth principles. "Green" building, site planning and construction management techniques intended to mimimize environmental impacts and resource consumption are supported.