ICSP Priority Areas

Imagine Our Future – Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

ICSP - Priority Areas:

The following 10 Strategic Priority Areas represent the areas of focus identified by the community. In
each is a goal statement that describes success in each in 2030. Each of the Strategic Priority Areas are
elaborated in the following sections into more detailed Objectives, Key Performance Indicators, and
prioritized Transition Strategies for the next five years with the expectation to review in five years time.
Information about current assets and issues in each area is presented in the appendices. The summary
below outlines the goals for each of the property areas:

Social Well-Being
Our community members have a healthy quality of life and share a common commitment to the
health, well‐being and happiness of our children and families. Community members of all ages,
life stages and lifestyles feel connected to the community, and their participation in the community is
valued. Williams Lake is recognized as one of the most desirable small towns for families to live.

Resilient Economy
Our economy relies on a diversity of resource‐based industries, the strengths and assets of our local
community and innovation. We are committed to designing our local economy to fulfil community-held
strategic goals for the future and the principles of sustainability, resulting in prosperity for all
community members.

Partnering with First Nations
As a community, we celebrate our cultural diversity and resiliency, and in so doing, we honour and
respect the long history, traditional knowledge and unique contributions of First Nations to our way of
life in Williams Lake. We support the preservation and cultivation of First Nations’ cultures, traditions,
resources and land for all generations.

Distinctive Arts and Culture
Our diverse arts, cultures and heritages are recognized and celebrated as integral to our community’s
identity, attracting new residents and visitors to Williams Lake. The distinctive arts and culture of
Williams Lake represents the people who live in the Community.

World-Class Recreation
Recreation opportunities in Williams Lake are accessible, affordable and innovative, engaging all
members of our community, as well as providing for diverse visitor needs.

Affordable Housing and Liveable Neighbourhoods
Our neighbourhoods are friendly, convenient, safe, affordable, sustainable and attractive and provide
an abundance of opportunities for social interactions with attractive and affordable housing options.

Lively Downtown
Our community’s heart and soul is our downtown – it is a vibrant, distinct and welcoming place for
community gatherings and social interactions. It acts as the retail, cultural, entertainment, and social
centre of the city and it is the principal place for the exchange of locally produced goods and services.

Cherished Local Ecosystems
Our community is widely recognized as a model for demonstrating how a community can contribute
to healthy ecosystems while being economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Active and Convenient Transportation
Our multimodal transportation system provides access to people, places, goods and services in a
manner that is convenient, safe, affordable, sustainable, efficient, enjoyable, and contributes to the
success of all other community priority areas.

Local Food and Agriculture

Our City models a regional food system that is resilient, locally‐focused, healthy, and contributes to
the overall enjoyment, development and health of our community, its individual members and our
local ecosystems.

-    ICSP Document