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Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP)

What is an ICSP?
An ICSP is an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. In it’s most basic form an ICSP is a long-term strategic plan that should encompass most aspects of municipal planning. “Integrated Community Sustainability Plans” means a long-term plan, developed in consultation with community members, that provides direction for the cities, towns and regions to realize sustainability objectives it has for the environmental, cultural, social, economic and governance dimensions of its identity.

What are the key components?
Every ICSP, regardless of the option, should contain the following vital components:
•  Public participation in the decision making process.
•  Consideration for the five pillars of Environment, Economic, Social, Cultural and Governance sustainability.
•  Consideration of any relevant land use plans or policies in the appropriate jurisdiction.
•  Integration with or consideration of any relevant existing community or regional plans.
•  Identified goals and specific actions to accomplish required outcomes over a five year timeline.
•  Recognition of the fiscal requirements and realities related to the implementation of the plan.
•  Collaboration with neighbouring municipalities, communities or regional entities where appropriate.
•  Description of the sustainable infrastructure projects that will be developed with Gas Tax funding (as listed in Capital Investment Plans) as well as those projects that impact ICSP goals.
•  Some kind of monitoring and evaluation process to ensure the document is always relevant.

Where is there more information?
The main sources for ICSP information include the ICSP email address icsp@gov.nl.ca and the general Gas Tax Information toll free phone number: 1-877-729-4393. ICSP information is also available on the ICSP website at http://www.ma.gov.nl.ca/ma/publications/icsp/index.html

Town of Wabana's ICSP
The Town`s ICSP Committee (Integrated Community Sustainability Plan) are building working groups around nine projects. The aim of each project is to address to needs of our community with local resources. Of prime importance is the Human Resource. We need volunteers to make these projects unfold. If interested please contact Ben Noseworthy at (709) 488 2990 ext. 223. or email info@townofwabana.net

Project Summaries

1. Fixed Link Task Force
This project aims to explore the possible methods of building a fixed access to Bell Island.

2. Communication Strategy
This project aims to improve our community's ability to communicate by organizing efforts around the following five methods of communication: Face to face, Print, Radio, Television, Internet

3. Lightkeeper's Tourism Centre
This project aims to convert the former lightkeeper's residence into a space designed to welcome visitors to Bell Island and to provide them with all direction they may need to fully appreciate the Island's natural beauty and cultural heritage. The Lightkeeper's Tourism Centre intends to provide the coordination necessary to continue to grow our Tourism Industry.

4. Tidy Towns Committee
This project aims to bolster the level of community pride by addressing the following areas of the Tidy Towns program: Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Natural & Cultural Heritage Conservation , Tree/Urban Forest Management, Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays, Turf and Groundcovers

5. Community Gardens-Harvest Festival
This is a two part project which links the proven potential of the Island's soil to produce great vegetables with the community's need to get together and appreciate the talents of all those who make this community a great place to live.

6. Harry Hibbs & Friends Memorial Park
This project aims to commemorate the legacies of Bell Island's musicians by creating a space where people can go for a stroll, ride bicycle, play in a splash park, grow a garden or simply enjoy the passing of time.

7. Age-Friendly Awareness Group
This project aims to provide a space where our senior's can create a community for socialization, accessing resources, and organizing themselves to improve the circumstances faced by senior's on Bell Island.

8. Waste Management Awareness Campaign
This project aims to educate Bell Islander's on how to manage their garbage at the household level and thereby reduce unnecessary waste management expenses for taxpayer.

9. Signage Plan
This project aims to provide recommendations on the development, planning, coordination and implementation of a new signage system for Bell Island. Current research and development has identified the Tourist-Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) as the most universally-accepted and widely-used approach for integrating public and private tourist services and attractions signage into the highway system.