Severn Sound Sustainability Plan
Because of its beauty, access to water and proximity to
Toronto, the Severn Sound area is under pressure from growth and heavy
recreational use. In 2003, the Severn Sound watershed was
removed from the International Joint Commission’s list of
Great Lakes Areas of Concern, having reached its goal of improving water
quality with the completion of a Remedial Action Plan.
But to ensure its continued health — as well as economic
prosperity and quality of life for residents — the area’s municipalities
realized a long-term sustainability plan.
In late 2007, the SSEA facilitated a partnership between
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the nine SSEA municipal
partners to develop a sustainability plan for the Severn
Sound area. The nine municipalities in the Severn Sound
area were concerned for the future of the Severn Sound watershed. The
basis of the plan was the “triple bottom line” which involved
environmental, economic and social considerations when
planning the future of the Severn Sound area. In order to ensure that
the sustainability plan was truly a community-based effort,
a Sustainability Advisory Team (SAT) was formed to help
in the creation of the Severn Sound Sustainability Plan. The SAT
consisted of over 50 individuals, with representatives from
community organizations, government, businesses and
cultural groups. The SAT met seven times through 2007/2008 and, with
facilitation by our consultant Lura, provided a comprehensive
comment and review of various aspects of the
Sustainability Plan until the draft plan was prepared and released in
December of 2008. For those that were involved with the SAT, we
thank you for all of your efforts in the development
of the Severn Sound Sustainability Plan. We especially want to thank the
North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation,
who supported the process throughout.
The Severn Sound Sustainability Plan is a vision for the
Severn Sound watershed to the year 2050. Under three Sustainability
Pillars (Community Well-Being, Economic Prosperity, Environmental
Integrity & Protection), the Plan includes Goals,
Strategic Directions and Actions that will, when implemented, ensure
the sustainability of the watershed for generations to come. The Severn
Sound Sustainability Plan was finalized and endorsed by all
9 partner municipalities in the Spring of 2009.
Currently, the Sustainability Plan Steering Committee
(now called Sustainable Severn Sound) has developed an implementation
strategy to help the communities in the watershed implement
the goals and actions of the Severn Sound Sustainability
Plan. The implementation of the Plan will help to protect and enhance
the natural environment, strengthen the local economy,
and improve the quality of life for all residents in the
area. With support from the nine Severn Sound municipal partners, the
County of Simcoe, the North Simcoe Community Futures
Development Corporation, the Orillia Area Community
Development Corporation, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
Sustainable Severn Sound is moving ahead to implement the plan.
SSEA is pleased to be a member of the Steering Committee
helping to implement the Sustainability Plan. Please visit the
Sustainable Severn Sound website at www.sustainablesevernsound.ca
or contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Tracy Roxborough, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainability Plan Executive Summary
By 2050 the Severn Sound Watershed will contain a network of
communities that have achieved a sustainable quality of life for all
citizens by developing a common culture of environmental, economic and
Sustainability Plan Documents
Our Plan for a Healthy Community, the Plan includes a Vision, Goals, Strategic Directions and Actions that will, when implemented, ensure the sustainability of the Severn Sound watershed for generations to come.
Sustainable Severn Sound
The purpose of Sustainable Severn Sound is to help the communities in the watershed implement the goals and actions of the Severn Sound Sustainability Plan.
For more information visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca