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, and 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-unit 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 through the end of the year. Phase one of engagement, which ran from February to March 2022, sought to understand the current state of sustainability in Cobourg. A summary of the engagement process, including the themes that emerged from feedback, is included in the document library.

The remaining two engagement phases will seek community input into different parts of the planning process:

  • Phase 2 engagement: Creating a vision and objectives for a sustainable Cobourg (including ideas for action)

  • Phase 3 engagement: Reviewing the emerging plan for sustainability in Cobourg

In addition, key stakeholders will be invited to participate in the creation of Green Development Standards and to identify barriers and opportunities towards green energy retrofits in Cobourg.

Public Engagement Objective

The public engagement objective for Phase two of the engagement process is to:

  • Communicate the aims of the ICSP and its purpose, and the opportunities to participate both within phase two and the project’s planning process at large

  • Collaboratively develop a vision and set of objectives for sustainability in Cobourg through community feedback

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

Note: Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, phase two engagement will be delivered online exclusively.


How to Participate/Share your Feedback

Share your thoughts on a vision and set of objectives for sustainability in Cobourg by:

  • Completing the Phase two questionnaire. Available until June 6, 2022

  • Participating in a vision and objectives online workshop (1.5 hours time commitment) on one of the following dates:

    • Wednesday, May 18 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    • Thursday, May 19 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    • Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    • Thursday, May 26 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

Registration: Sign up for one of the above online workshops using this link.

Note: Vision and objectives online workshop content will be the same across each workshop. We politely ask that participants refrain from attending multiple workshops due to capacity limitations.


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, and 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-unit 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 through the end of the year. Phase one of engagement, which ran from February to March 2022, sought to understand the current state of sustainability in Cobourg. A summary of the engagement process, including the themes that emerged from feedback, is included in the document library.

The remaining two engagement phases will seek community input into different parts of the planning process:

  • Phase 2 engagement: Creating a vision and objectives for a sustainable Cobourg (including ideas for action)

  • Phase 3 engagement: Reviewing the emerging plan for sustainability in Cobourg

In addition, key stakeholders will be invited to participate in the creation of Green Development Standards and to identify barriers and opportunities towards green energy retrofits in Cobourg.

Public Engagement Objective

The public engagement objective for Phase two of the engagement process is to:

  • Communicate the aims of the ICSP and its purpose, and the opportunities to participate both within phase two and the project’s planning process at large

  • Collaboratively develop a vision and set of objectives for sustainability in Cobourg through community feedback

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

Note: Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, phase two engagement will be delivered online exclusively.


How to Participate/Share your Feedback

Share your thoughts on a vision and set of objectives for sustainability in Cobourg by:

  • Completing the Phase two questionnaire. Available until June 6, 2022

  • Participating in a vision and objectives online workshop (1.5 hours time commitment) on one of the following dates:

    • Wednesday, May 18 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    • Thursday, May 19 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    • Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    • Thursday, May 26 from 6:00 to 7:30pm

Registration: Sign up for one of the above online workshops using this link.

Note: Vision and objectives online workshop content will be the same across each workshop. We politely ask that participants refrain from attending multiple workshops due to capacity limitations.


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