Distinct from other forms of urban planning, which includes land development, building permits and roads, social planning focuses on people. Working with community members, non-profit agencies, City departments, other levels of government and local businesses, social planning addresses initiatives that improve the well-being and quality of life in a community.
The City of Powell River, qathet Regional District, and the Tla’amin Nation have partnered in addressing social planning and on improving the well-being of the entire community. As a result, a social planner was hired in 2019 to support the regional efforts of all three governments and focus on the priority areas of housing, early years, social cohesion and economic progress.
The following reports outline the regional approach to social planning:
In 2016, a community social plan study was completed for the region through the Provincial Job Creation Grant. The findings of the information are identified in the Community Social Plan Proposed for the Powell River Region (2016).
For the full proposal, visit: Community Social Plan Proposal
From 2017 to 2019, the City of Powell River, qathet Regional District, and the Tla’amin Nation collaborated to build the social planning work into a regional program. A report was created to provide recommendations of four priority areas, encompassed in the Powell River Regional Planning Program.
For the full program, visit: Powell River Regional Social Planning Program
As part of regular engagement and reporting, the regional social planning program progress report for the 2019 and 2020 year is available online. The report highlights areas of housing, early years, social cohesion, and poverty reduction, as well as new areas of focus and implementation.