The GSE programme is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults, so that they can address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace. GSE participants follow an extensive and rigorous program of international travel and team activities. Team members experience the host country’s culture & institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. D1250 covers Rotary Clubs in the Surrey and West Sussex area. Each team member needs to have a sponsor club for the trip. My club is the Rotary Club of Farnham. The team members are from different backgrounds: Doug is an agricultural lecturer at Binsbury College Sue teaches at the Open University Kieran is a project manager in education at Surrey County Council Penny is a criminal defence solicitor based in Guildford. This GSE exchanges with D5060 – Central British Columbia in Canada (inland from Vancouver) and Central Washington State in America (inland from Seattle). D5060 visited in March and April.
Top photos – Salmon Arm City Hall and the Council Chamber. Whilst they have a population of around 17,000 people, they only have 9 elected councillors (including the Mayor) – each Councillor is elected to cover the whole city and not a particular ward. The city council does not have jurisdiction over First Nations land (in either Canada or America) as this is dealt with at the Federal level of government – therefore there is no planning regulation in those areas, just a few service agreements for transit and water. Bottom picture the filing system in Summerland – each property has a file where all paperwork is stored and accessed by everyone in the council. In Salmon Arm they have 4 planning officers and 1 enforcement officer to deal with all by-law breaches (including parking, dogs, planning etc.). The key issue for many cities is the availability of water, and the collection of taxes.
Unlike the British Planning system – which is based on a spatial planning approach, America and Canada have a zone based approach. This means that every inch of the state or province is allocated to a specific zone. These zones form part of the community plan. The coloured plans on the screen are from Yakima (America) – yellow based plan and Summerland (Canada) green based plan. Yakima – City status in 1886, population of 84,850 people, 7 th largest city in Washington State
Generica = strip malls (big box stores etc.) NOPE – Not On Planet Earth Developers lead on design, planners have little impact except through standards.
Population of 2,200 plus 600 rooms for overnight accommodation – behaves like a larger city.
Kekuli = roundhouse
District 1250 District 5060 Rotary Group Study Exchange 2010
Sarah Wells, Doug Walters, Sue Danks (Team Leader), Kieran Holiday, Penny Hunter The Team