Rossland Official Community Plan

I really admire how the City of Rossland manages and incorporates schools into their bylaws and official community plan. Sfchool is listed 16 times, Education 27 times, Youth 3 times, Garden 3 times, and Intergenerational 1 time. These are all terms that I feel bode well for the mental health stability of a community. Click here to learn more or read excerpts below.

 

 The approximate location and type of present and proposed public facilities, including schools, parks, and waste treatment and disposal sites; and,

Principle 5 – A Cohesive and Liveable Community

Rossland strives to build and maintain a vibrant, safe, and healthy community with a strong social fabric. The City works to ensure that its residents have access to quality education, affordable housing and basic public services. City policies and planning processes recognize that the quality of social and economic development takes precedence over quantity.

 Drill Hall(1904, now MacLean School Annex);

Natural Environment and Resource Lands Rossland’s spectacular setting in the alpine environment gives the community its unique character. Designated and protected green spaces, green corridors, riparian areas and natural ecosystems allow indigenous flora and fauna to thrive. The built environment is also integrated into the natural environment through native tree plantings and ‘ribbons’ of green traversing the City and along stream corridors. In addition, community gardens have been established, providing potential sites for growing local produce. 14, 15, 26

Intergenerational Care and Learning Rossland’s affordable and multi-faceted educational system provides a diversity of programs and opportunities and an essential foundation for cultural and social activities. Local educational facilities continue to provide access to affordable, high quality K-12 education and the development of basic life skills. Residents and local organizations work together to provide support and care for children, seniors and other populations with special needs. Community activities and programs encourage intergenerational interaction and enhance well-being, while Rossland’s built environment and institutional structures encourage lifelong learning for every member of society. 16

 

The demand for housing can also be translated into demand for residential land. If all new residential growth were to be in the form of single family suburban lots (i.e. 15 units per net hectare) the land demand for 406 units would be roughly 27 net hectares exclusive of roads, parks and schools. Correspondingly, 642 units would require 43 net hectares.

Economy In 2006, the employment rate in Rossland was over 64.8%; more than 3% higher than the provincial average.7 Jobs in manufacturing, construction, health and education employ the largest portion of residents in Rossland. i

 

Employment Distribution

 

Only 26% of employed residents work in Rossland and almost 61% of employed residents work in neighbouring communities. 8 The employers employing the most Rossland residents are: the Teck Cominco smelting plant in Trail, Trail Regional Hospital, School District #20, FortisBC (previously Aquila Networks Canada), and Red Mountain Ski Resort.

Institutional/Public Lands Institutional and Public lands are intended to provide areas for community services and facilities such as schools, cemeteries, and public works buildings. These lands should be developed in such a way as to enhance the community and ensure the most effective use of the lands is promoted. 16

.3 Support continued community education about attractant management and Bear Smart principles.

.3 Consider establishing community gardens where feasible and appropriate.

.3 To ensure schools, public amenities and community facilities are operated and designed in ways that provide residents and visitors of all ages and abilities with safe, accessible and convenient spaces for social, artistic and cultural expression and activity.

.4 To encourage integration and shared community use of schools and other institutional facilities to provide amenities to the community.

.5 To have a broad range of educational opportunities provided within Rossland, including public school education, postsecondary education, early childhood education, continuing education, and specialized and alternative education programs.

.8 To develop a diverse amount of appropriate facilities, programs, and services for the community to meet present and future needs including but not limited to services for youth, seniors, children and families.

.9 To ensure a full curriculum of public education from kindergarten through grade 12 is provided within Rossland.

.3 Design and operate public amenities, schools and community facilities in ways that provide residents of all ages with safe and convenient spaces for social, artistic and cultural expression and activity.

.2 Permit Churches and other places of worship in areas designated as Residential “R”, provided facilities not include a school or a large dormitory.

.3 Consider establishing community gardens where feasible and appropriate.

16.4 Education Policies

.1 Continue to encourage dialogue with the School Board to ascertain the status of existing school facilities and size, number, location, and timing of anticipated new school facilities.

.2 Cooperate with governments and their agencies at all levels, and with community organizations and businesses, to expand the use of Rossland’s secondary and elementary schools.

.3 Wherever possible enable the provision of a broad range of educational opportunities, including public school education, postsecondary education, early childhood education, continuing education, and specialized and alternative education programs within Rossland.

.4 Cooperate with the community’s education, business, heritage, cultural and recreation sectors in order to provide the community with a broad range of opportunities, facilities, and extra-curricular activities which complement and strengthen core public education in Rossland.

.5 Encourage the sharing of fields, playgrounds and recreational facilities with the School District.

.6 Consider partnering with higher education institutions to provide post secondary education opportunities in Rossland.

.2 Support the use of City owned lands to site facilities for children, youth and seniors including but not limited to day care, a skateboard park and elderly care.

.3 Develop a diverse amount of appropriate facilities, programs, and services for the community to meet present and future needs including but not limited to services for youth, seniors, children and families.

.4 To reduce the need for the landfill through community education programs and the implementation of recycling, reusing and reducing programs.

.3 Support education programs which encourage responsible water use and conservation technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

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