The City of Surrey’s Sustainability Charter

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Institutionalizing Sustainability at the Municipal Level. Presentation by Mark Allison, Senior Policy Planner at the City of Surrey

Institutionalizing Sustainability at the Municipal Level. Presentation by Mark Allison, Senior Policy Planner at the City of Surrey

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  • 1. The City of Surrey’s Sustainability Charter Institutionalizing Sustainability at the Municipal Level The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 2. ustainability as: Council has defined S “Meeting the needs of the present generation in terms of socio-cultural systems, the economy and the environment while promoting a high quality of life but without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 3. Surrey’s Sustainability Charter is: •The “overarching” policy document •A Vision of a Sustainable City •A set of Goals that will guide the City’s future actions and decisions •An Action Framework based on: •The 3 pillars of Sustainability •The City’s 3 spheres of influence •Short, medium and long term time frames The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 4. Relationship of Charter to Other Policies Sustainability Charter Official Community Plan Crime Reduction Plan for Social Strategy Well-Being Parks, Recreation and Culture 10 Year Subdivision and Green Procurement Strategic Plan Development Bylaw Policy Employee Trip Business Employment Housing Action Plan Reduction License Bylaw Lands Strategy Program The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 5. What Is Sustainability? Definition Of A Sustainable Surrey Vision Goals What Do We Want To Achieve? High Level and Specific Framework For Achieving Sustainability 3 Pillars of Sustainability, 3 Spheres of Influence, and 3 Time Frames The Scope of Sustainability Specific Actions to (A Living Document) Support Sustainability The Implementation Strategy (Annual Action Plans and Reporting) The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 6. The Process • Council endorsed a 3 phased process: • Phase I – Background Research • Phase II – Development of the Charter • Phase III – Implementation Strategy • An inter-departmental Steering Committee was formed to coordinate departmental roles • Workshops were conducted with the Environmental Advisory Committee • 65 community stakeholder groups were contacted – 25 provided responses The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 7. The Process • June 2007 – “Sustainability Fair” at SFU Surrey – speakers, public displays, and workshops including a youth workshop • City Staff displays and questionnaires online and in numerous city facilities • Holland-Barrs retained to review the draft Charter and work with staff on Implementation. • Staff steering Committee formed to develop Sustainable Development Checklist The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 8. The Process • March – July, 2008 – Mayor hosted four workshops to review proposed scope of Socio-Cultural, Economic and Environmental sustainability issues, draft charter • September 2008 – Charter unanimously adopted by Council • Fraser Basin Council 2009 Overall Sustainability Award! The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 9. Surrey’s Vision of Sustainability • Protection of the natural environment, rich tree canopy, enhancement of its natural areas and biodiversity • A safe City with a vibrant City Centre and liveable communities • Sustainable design, “green” buildings and infrastructure • Transportation choice • “Triple Bottom Line accounting” in the City’s operations • Alternative energy sources, carbon neutrality, no net impact from waste • Local employment opportunities, “green” businesses, a sustainable agricultural base and local food security • Services promote wellness and active living • Cultural diversity, tolerance, social connections and a sense of belonging The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 10. Long-term Goals • Socio-Cultural: a safe, caring, engaged and liveable community with a sense of place, that is inclusive, and promotes a range of educational, recreational, cultural and employment opportunities, affordable and appropriate housing, transportation options and personal, health and social services accessible to all. • Economic: a local economy that builds upon our natural advantages, and uses our land base and human resources efficiently to create a broad range of well located, transit accessible and environmentally friendly business that provide attractive local employment opportunities and sustainable revenue for the city. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 11. Long-term Goals • Environmental: demonstrate good stewardship of the land, water, air and built environment, protecting, preserving and enhancing Surrey’s natural areas and ecosystems for current and future generations while making nature accessible for all to enjoy, under the headings of: • Terrestrial habitat • Water quality/aquatic habitat • Air quality • The built environment The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 12. ustainability Cube Action Framework - The S The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 13. The Scope of Sustainability • A “Living Document”… • Reviewed annually to add items and set priorities through Annual Action Plans • 2 General Scope items: • Establish a Sustainability Office • Measure progress using targets and indicators • The Current 57 Scope items are listed under a pillar and sphere of influence, but overlap occurs The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 14. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 15. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 16. General Items Applicable to all Scope Recommendations • G1 Create a City of Surrey Sustainability Office • G2 Measure the City’s Progress using Indicators and Targets The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 17. cope – Recommendations under Social S Corporate Sphere • SC1 Personnel Policies and Staff Training • SC2 Cultural Awareness in the Workplace • SC3 Sustainable Procurement Policies The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 18. cope – Recommendations under Social S Municipal Sphere • SC7 Participation in Leisure Programs • SC8 Municipal Outreach, Public Education and Awareness • SC9 Adequate, Appropriate and Affordable Housing • SC10 Historical and Heritage Assets • SC11 Public Safety and Security • SC12 Adapting to Demographic Change • SC13 Create a Fully Accessible City • SC14 Support Food Security • SC15 Literacy, Education and Training The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 19. cope – Recommendations under S ocial S External Influence Sphere • SC16 Socio-cultural Infrastructure and Services • SC17 Crime Reduction Strategies • SC18 Community Economic Development • SC19 Equity in Social Infrastructure Investments • SC20 Coordination with Local Educators on Sustainability The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 20. Recommendations under Economic Scope – Corporate Sphere • EC1 Corporate Economic Sustainability • EC2 Economic Development Strategy and an Employment Land Strategy • EC3 Sustainable Infrastructure Maintenance and Replacement • EC4 Sustainable Fiscal Management Practices • EC5 quot;Greenquot; Infrastructure and Sustainability Grants The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 21. Recommendations under Economic Scope – Municipal Sphere • EC6 Sustainable Practices through Business Licensing Operational Requirements • EC7 Sustainable Building and Development Practices • EC8 Energy Security • EC9 Quality of Design in New Development and Redevelopment • EC10 Green Technology Development and Businesses • EC11 Surrey’s Employment Land Base • EC12 Surrey’s Agricultural Land Base The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 22. Recommendations under Economic Scope – External Influence Sphere • EC13 Municipal Finance Reform • EC14 Taxation Policies and Financial Incentives • EC15 Building/Energy Codes and Standards • EC16 Increased Transit to Support a Sustainable Economy • EC17 Educating the Workforce The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 23. Recommendations under Environmental cope – Corporate S S phere • EN1 Energy Efficiency • EN2 Waste Reduction • EN3 Vehicle Fleet Programs • EN4 Employee Trip Reduction Program • EN5 Green Procurement Policies and Practices • EN6 Enhancement and Expansion of the Nature Matters Program • EN7 Implement and Publicize Green Infrastructure Projects The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 24. Recommendations under Environmental cope – Municipal S S phere • EN8 Sustainable Engineering Standards and Practices • EN9 Sustainable Land Use Planning and Development Practices • EN10 Integrated Community Energy Master Plans • EN11 Surrey’s Commitment to the Climate Change Action Plan • EN12 Enhancement and Protection of Natural Areas, Fish Habitat and Wildlife Habitat • EN13 Enhancing the Public Realm • EN14 Public Education and the Sharing of Information The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 25. Recommendations under Environmental cope – External Influence S S phere • EN15 Sustainable Transportation Options • EN16 Land, Water and Air Quality Management • EN17 Enhance Biodiversity The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 26. EN9 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Development Practices • A fundamental responsibility of municipalities, and one of the most effective tools for achieving sustainability, is land use regulation and the control of land development practices. The location of the various types of land uses, transportation choices, density, and the mix of land uses, along with development practices, are key determinants in the ecological footprint of the City. The City will promote sustainable land use and development by: 1. Establishing sustainability guidelines and policies in the Official Community Plan and in the development of all new and updated Neighbourhood Concept Plans; 2. Creating sustainability practices through the development of tools such as “Sustainability Checklists” that will be used in the review and approval of new development; 3. Working with financial institutions to promote the adoption of sustainability checklist features in development projects; 4. Working with the development industry to provide information and incentives to promote energy efficient and “green” buildings and developments; 5. Incorporating Transit-Oriented Development near rapid transit stations, at transit nodes and along transit corridors; 6. Requiring land use densities and mixes of land use and activities that allow local access to goods and services and support high levels of walking, cycling and transit use for residents and employees; 7. Formalizing site planning processes that avoid critical habitat and preserve, protect and enhance natural habitat and landscape features; and • Retaining and planting more trees and promoting the use of native and low-impact species of trees and plants in new developments. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 27. EN10 - Integrated Community Energy Master Plans • The City will achieve energy efficiency and the reduce production of greenhouse gases by: 1. Developing Integrated Community Energy Master Plans for key locations in the City with the first such Plan to be undertaken in the Semiahmoo Town Centre area; 2. Including policies and directions for energy efficient land uses and practices in all new Neighbourhood Concept Plans and Plan Updates; and 3. Working with private property owners to promote upgrades and retrofits that increase building energy efficiency. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 28. EN13 - Enhancing the Public Realm • The design of the public streets, public rights-of-way, linkages, parks and natural areas, is an important element in the achievement of sustainability. In many urban areas, up to 30% of the land area is allocated to streets and parking. Design of public streets, sidewalks, walkways and the spaces between shall minimize negative social, economic and environmental impacts, and maximize comfortable, safe and beautiful streets. The will City support sustainability through the public realm by: 1. Implementing street widths and roadway design standards that minimize the negative impacts of transportation facilities on communities while providing appropriate infrastructure in support of the transportation needs of the City; 2. Establishing attractive pedestrian environment with appropriate sidewalks or paths wherever walking is a viable option; 3. Expediting the completion of a continuous Greenway, bicycle and trail systems throughout the City; 4. Installing lighting and street furniture such as benches, bike racks and transit shelters at appropriate locations that supports walking, cycling and transit use within attractive, complete and compact communities; 5. Applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to make streets safe, comfortable and welcoming for all users; 6. Designing and programming active public spaces and streetscapes to increase public safety and a sense of ownership and community; 7. Implementing demonstration projects in the public realm that promote best practices in sustainability, such as natural drainage systems (e.g., permeable pavers) and improved lighting (e.g., energy efficient heads, white light and minimum spillover into adjacent buildings or the night sky). The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 29. SC12 - Adapting to Demographic Change • The City will design town centres and neighbourhoods to accommodate a wide range of households throughout their life cycle, by: Promoting Universal Design and Adaptable Design, 1. which describe the basic principles for considering the needs of people throughout their lives when designing buildings and the public realm; 2. Promoting Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which provides densities and mixes of land uses to support a high level of transit service in an environment that is friendly for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and those with other mobility and perceptual challenges; The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 30. EC16 - Increased Transit and Transportation to S upport a S ustainable Economy • In addition to promoting an efficient road network for the movement of goods, the City will continue to work with the province and TransLink to: 1. Develop and regularly update Surrey’s Transportation Strategy to support the efficient and low-impact movement of people and goods; 2. Accelerate the provision of new rapid transit and the expansion of the frequent bus network in order to support City Centre, Town Centres, Corridors and Employment areas in Surrey; 3. Ensure that the carbon footprint of transportation is reduced; 4. Advocate for Triple Bottom Line analysis in the development of new transit and transportation networks. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 31. EN15 - Sustainable Transportation Options • The City will advocate for sustainable transportation services at all levels of responsibility by: 1. Working with the Province and TransLink to dramatically increase transit service and the frequent transit network in the City of Surrey; 2. Seeking the application of Triple Bottom Line analysis in the evaluation of all major transportation programs and projects; and 3. Maximizing regional, provincial and federal funding for improved transit, cycling routes, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, goods movement facilities and other priority sustainable transportation modes. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 32. The Implementation Strategy will: 1. Prioritize Scope items 2. Establish indicators and targets 3. Identify roles, responsibilities and resources needed 4. Outline plans, policies, practices and procedures to create a Sustainable City 5. Set timelines for implementation 6. Establish monitoring and reporting mechanisms The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 33. Sustainability Indicators and Targets Indicators - Sustainability indicators are selected statistics or parameters related to key sustainability objectives that, when monitored over time, represent trends in socio-cultural, economic, and environmental conditions. Targets – For each selected indicator, a measurable goal, or target, is assigned which should be achieved within a specified time period. The following slides show some examples of potential indicators, which will be identified during the Implementation Strategy phase, and a “slider” system for identifying the best target for Surrey The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 34. Indicators and Targets will be… 1. Clearly related to the Vision, Goals and Scope 2. Measurable and easily understood 3. Use data that is and will remain readily available 4. Able to measure current against past performance 5. Achievable within a reasonable time frame The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 35. Socio- Cultural Indicators and Targets The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 36. Economic Indicators and Targets The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 37. Environmental Indicators and Targets The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 38. Examples of Immediate Actions 1. Establish a Sustainability Office 2. Develop Sustainability Checklists for New Developments 3. Create an Integrated Energy Master Plan for the Semiahmoo Town Centre 4. Prepare updated mapping for Surrey’s Ecosystem Management Study 5. Initiate a Sustainability Indicators and Targets Task Force The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 39. But what does Sustainability look like in Surrey?! The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 40. Socio-Cultural The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 41. Economic The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 42. Environmental The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 43. Neighbourhood Plans - East Clayton The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 44. South Surrey Recreation Centre - Energy The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 45. Semiahmoo Library, RCMP - LEED The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 46. Surrey City Centre Plan Update – The “Sustainability Layer” The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 47. Transit Oriented Development – Previous 3.5 FAR The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 48. Transit Oriented Development – Proposed 7.0 FAR The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 49. A Range of Housing • Trend towards smaller units suitable for singles and couples • Plan encourages a range of unit sizes, including larger, family-friendly units and more ground oriented housing at the edge of the study area • Support affordable housing options for lower income households, seniors and those with special needs • Encourage the provision of rental units in addition to condominiums • Encourage innovative housing forms in the Hospital District The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 50. Facilities for Youth • Comfortable and safe walking/cycling environment • Expanding programming at major parks • Supporting rapid transit • connections • Indoor and outdoor Facilities for Seniors • meeting places • Network of comfortable and attractive walking routes and exercise loops • Affordable housing • Amenities that support active living Facilities for Families • Personal safety and security • Create a highly accessible City Centre measures • Traffic safety and safe neighbourhood streets • Family-friendly play spaces • Services within short distance of homes • Quality child care The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 51. Bringing Greenways into Urban Centres The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 52. South of Fraser AreaTransit Plan The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 53. Creating a closely spaced street network that supports walking, cycling and transit The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 54. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 55. Sustainability Proposals for City Centre • Promote a green Transportation Hierarchy • Provide the highest standards in amenities for cyclists and transit users • Focus density at key transit nodes and transit corridors • Provide connections to existing habitat areas • Reduce impermeable surface area • Promote sunlight penetration into homes and workplaces • Lead by example in new and upgraded municipal buildings • Promote green buildings through density bonusing • Encourage resource-efficient multi-family/commercial building practices • Develop Urban Design Guidelines for a more attractive/livable community • Explore utility infrastructure to accommodate future energy systems • Promote green roofs for their social, economic, environmental benefits • Expand City’s Centre’s economic base to offer local employment • Focusing major new recreational and cultural facilities in the City Centre • Ensuring social initiatives are aimed at creating an inclusive community The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 56. Upcoming Applications of the Charter • Official Community Plan Review • Corporate and Community Climate Action Plans • Green Fleet Program • Coordinating Land Use/Transportation • Ecosystem Management Study The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 57. Questions or Comments? • www.sustainability.surrey.ca •S ustainability@surrey.ca The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey
  • 58. The Sustainability Charter: A Commitment to Sustainability in Surrey