Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

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Background

In December 2019, Cobourg’s Town Council passed a resolution to declare a climate emergency and accelerate a transition towards carbon neutrality within Cobourg in response to the unprecedented global climate crisis. This resolution follows Council’s 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan, which aims to position the Town as both an environmental steward and model sustainable community. It also aligns with prior sustainability work done in the 2010 and 2020 Climate Action Plan processes.

In response, an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) will be prepared to help realize the aims of the climate emergency resolution and preceding plans. The Plan will comprise specific and achievable actions that both the community and municipal government of Cobourg will take to build on existing environmental progress and advance new measures to respond to the climate emergency.

Alongside the strategic direction provided by the ICSP, the Town is also leading two concurrent projects to prepare Green Development Standards (GDS) and complete a Green Energy Retrofit (GER) Feasibility Study. The GDS will explore how the urban development process can support environmentally sustainable outcomes that can include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency and management, active transportation, stormwater management, water conservation, and solar readiness. Meanwhile, the GER will evaluate the potential opportunities, resources, and tools available to retrofit multi-family residential buildings with energy-efficient and renewable energy systems with the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from residential sources.

The ICSP / GDS / GER project will be informed by a number of different inputs, including the sustainability context of Cobourg, established standards and lessons learned from other communities in Ontario, municipal and regional priorities, and stakeholder feedback.

Planning Process

The combined ICSP / GDS / GER planning process launched in January 2022, and is anticipated to continue until early 2023. Phase one of engagement, which ran from February to March 2022, sought to understand the current state of sustainability in Cobourg. Phase two of engagement, which ran through May 2022, asked Cobourg residents to contribute to the creation of a draft vision and goals for the ICSP. Engagement summary reports for these phases can be found in the Key Documents section.

The current engagement phase (phase 2.a, summer 2022) is presented as an addition to the planned engagement process due to the enthusiasm of those who participated through the preceding two phases. This phase provides a preview of the draft ICSP direction – an outline of the draft vision, goals, and actions that will be taken forward into the writing of the plan. The draft ICSP direction can be found in the Key Documents section.

A final engagement phase is anticipated in late fall 2022, where participants will be invited to review the fully-drafted ICSP.

Public Engagement Objective

The public engagement objective for this phase of the engagement process is to:

  • Provide a preview of the draft ICSP direction – an outline of the draft vision, goals, and actions that will be taken forward into the writing of the plan.

  • Allow members of the community to rate their support of each of the ICSP’s preliminary actions.

  • Inform subsequent phases of engagement and planning within the ICSP / GDS / GER project.


Supporting Documents


Feedback

Share your thoughts on the draft direction for sustainability in Cobourg by completing a brief questionnaire below, open until Monday, August 15, 2022.


Background

In December 2019, Cobourg’s Town Council passed a resolution to declare a climate emergency and accelerate a transition towards carbon neutrality within Cobourg in response to the unprecedented global climate crisis. This resolution follows Council’s 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan, which aims to position the Town as both an environmental steward and model sustainable community. It also aligns with prior sustainability work done in the 2010 and 2020 Climate Action Plan processes.

In response, an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) will be prepared to help realize the aims of the climate emergency resolution and preceding plans. The Plan will comprise specific and achievable actions that both the community and municipal government of Cobourg will take to build on existing environmental progress and advance new measures to respond to the climate emergency.

Alongside the strategic direction provided by the ICSP, the Town is also leading two concurrent projects to prepare Green Development Standards (GDS) and complete a Green Energy Retrofit (GER) Feasibility Study. The GDS will explore how the urban development process can support environmentally sustainable outcomes that can include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency and management, active transportation, stormwater management, water conservation, and solar readiness. Meanwhile, the GER will evaluate the potential opportunities, resources, and tools available to retrofit multi-family residential buildings with energy-efficient and renewable energy systems with the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from residential sources.

The ICSP / GDS / GER project will be informed by a number of different inputs, including the sustainability context of Cobourg, established standards and lessons learned from other communities in Ontario, municipal and regional priorities, and stakeholder feedback.

Planning Process

The combined ICSP / GDS / GER planning process launched in January 2022, and is anticipated to continue until early 2023. Phase one of engagement, which ran from February to March 2022, sought to understand the current state of sustainability in Cobourg. Phase two of engagement, which ran through May 2022, asked Cobourg residents to contribute to the creation of a draft vision and goals for the ICSP. Engagement summary reports for these phases can be found in the Key Documents section.

The current engagement phase (phase 2.a, summer 2022) is presented as an addition to the planned engagement process due to the enthusiasm of those who participated through the preceding two phases. This phase provides a preview of the draft ICSP direction – an outline of the draft vision, goals, and actions that will be taken forward into the writing of the plan. The draft ICSP direction can be found in the Key Documents section.

A final engagement phase is anticipated in late fall 2022, where participants will be invited to review the fully-drafted ICSP.

Public Engagement Objective

The public engagement objective for this phase of the engagement process is to:

  • Provide a preview of the draft ICSP direction – an outline of the draft vision, goals, and actions that will be taken forward into the writing of the plan.

  • Allow members of the community to rate their support of each of the ICSP’s preliminary actions.

  • Inform subsequent phases of engagement and planning within the ICSP / GDS / GER project.


Supporting Documents


Feedback

Share your thoughts on the draft direction for sustainability in Cobourg by completing a brief questionnaire below, open until Monday, August 15, 2022.


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