Integrated Community Sustainability Plans Local planning that reflects local realities. Gas Tax Agreement: The basics Canada will transfer $37.5 million over the Fiscal Year Canada’s next five years and Contribution $15 million annually 2005 $4.5 M thereafter. 2006 $4.5 M Each community has 2007 $6 M a separate allocation 2008 $7.5 M out of that fund. 2009 $15 M Total $37.5 M Gas Tax Agreement: The basics The bulk of the funding will go to municipalities and First Nations. Yukon will retain 7% for spending in unincorporated areas. Fiscal Year Canada’s AYC allocation First Nation Yukon contribution allocation allocation 2005-2006 $4.5 M $3.06 M $1.125 M $0.315 M 2006-2007 $4.5 M $3.06 M $1.125 M $0.315 M 2007-2008 $6 M $4.08 M $1. 5 M $0.420 M 2008-2009 $7.5 M $5.1 M $1.875 M $0.525 M 2009-2010 $15 M $10.2 M $3.75 M $1.05 M Total $37.5 M $25.5 M $9.375 M $2.625 M Gas Tax Agreement: The basics (con’t) To maximize funds, governments with overlapping populations are Municipalities First Nations encouraged to pool funds for larger projects. Yukon Gas Tax Agreement: The basics (con’t) GTA funds can only be spent on specific Eligible Projects: Public Transit Water (eg. supply, treatment, distribution) Wastewater (eg. sewer systems) Solid Waste (eg. landfills, recycling facilities) Community Energy Systems (innovative heating/cooling systems) Active Transportion (eg. bike lanes, local roads, bridges) Building system improvements that promote significant energy efficiency improvements and/or utility. Limited capacity building initiatives tied to specific GTA eligible projects. Gas Tax Agreement: Two Funds for Two Purposes Planning and Capacity Community Works Fund Building Fund Equal to the remainder of Equal to up to 5% of a the community’s community’s allocation; allocation; Available immediately; To be used for projects and identified in the ICSP To be used to develop priority list; and Integrated Community Funding governed by Sustainability Plans. Contribution Agreement between community and Yukon. Gas Tax Agreement: The basics (con’t) Funds will be released to communities with strict reporting requirements, so that Canada can track GTA spending. Yukon will coordinate reporting and administration of fund at no cost to other governments. The actual transfer of funds for eligible projects will be handled through contributions agreements with Yukon. Gas Tax Agreement: Two Committees for Two Roles Oversight Committee Review Committee Made up of Canada, Made up of Yukon (as Yukon, CYFN and AYC; chair), CYFN and AYC; Primary focus on dispute Will review ICSPs; resolution; and Will review and approve Will identify issues to be priority projects; addressed in next five- Will track Contribution year installment of GTA. Agreements; and Will provide general oversight of day-to-day workings. Gas Tax Agreement: The basics (con’t) To access its allocation, a community or government must complete an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. These plans are required across Canada as a part of all Gas Tax Agreements. Yukon, AYC and CYFN have been working together to develop a template for all communities to use. Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSP) The plans are defined in the agreement as: long-term plans, developed in consultation with community members, that provide direction for the community to realize sustainability objectives for the environmental, cultural, social and economic dimensions of its identity. Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSP) These plans are built around four pillars: Simple Holistic ICSP Clear Template Useful Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSP) ICSPs are similar to Official Community Plans or long-term Capital Plans. They provide basic guidelines on how to go about developing a plan and include assessment tools to help determine future needs. All plans must identify priority projects which will be funded through GTA funds. Sustainability Principles Each community is encouraged to develop locally appropriate guiding principles The template includes five principles that will need to be captured, in some way, in each community’s locally developed document. The template principles can be adopted, wholesale, if the community chooses. Sustainability Principles: Template Guidelines A self-reliant community capable of maintaining its population and maintaining infrastructure through local funding. Infrastructure that respects and enhances the community’s cultural identity. Infrastructure development that preserves and enhances bio-diversity and our natural environment. Public infrastructure that meets basic needs, while generating economic opportunities. Consider the effects of infrastructure development on other communities, and where possible, include other affected populations in planning process. Aim Higher on ICSPs The template sets out minimum requirements for consultation, community inventory assessments and cooperative efforts between governments. Sustainability planning works better when communities reach beyond the minimum requirements. ICSP: The Process Plan Development Requirements Develop the plan through a public consultation process; Demonstrate that cooperative efforts have been made between governments; The plan must identify and justify priority projects; The plan must be long-term; and, The plan must address the sustainability principles as set out in this template. ICSP Consultations: Minimum requirements Hold at least three public meetings, all three of which can be regular meetings of the organization. Advertise the public meetings; Make the draft and final plan publicly available; Provide at least two methods for public input; Share all comments and submissions, as a part of the public review process (while protecting privacy); and, Must approve plan at a regular or special meeting where the public is able to attend. ICSP: The Process Plan Approval Process Approval of the plan at a regular or special meeting; The plan submitted to the Review Committee; Committee reviews plan and either approves or rejects it; If approved, project funds under the Community Works Fund become available; If not approved, the Committee is required to supply clear direction on how to improve the plan and make it acceptable; and, The community or government has 60 days to return to the committee with a revised plan. ICSPs and Existing Documents Many communities have up-to-date Official Community Plans, long-term capital plans or other planning tools. Those documents CAN be used to help fill out the new template. Existing plans CANNOT replace ICSPs. The existing documents are referenced and attached as part of submitted plan. New Opportunities/New Challenges Municipalities First Nations Yukon Community Affairs and the GTA We are here to help Call 667-8684 if there are any questions on the Gas Tax Agreement or any governance issue. We’ll help however we can.
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