A sustainable neighbourhood action plan or SNAP brings community groups and stakeholders together to focus on a manageable parcel of land – a neighbourhood, district, village or small town – to develop a plan for implementing actions that support sustainability. It is designed to achieve environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits.
It builds on an existing municipal master plans for land use, economic development, transportation, cycling, forestry, walkability and so forth, and is the natural extension of a sustainable community plan or strategy.
The SNAP movement is new in Canada but the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) believes that the use of SNAPs has the potential to spark the implementation of sustainability actions in cities. It gives sustainability practitioners a way to speak to businesses, governments and residents in a compact area and to create the kinds of synergies that are needed to get real change going.
SNAP for the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict
The SNAP for the OCED is based on the EcoDistricts Protocol which is being developed by the not-for-profit group EcoDistricts. Our SNAP includes the following components:
- Top level goals;
- Top level outcomes;
- Collaborative governance;
- Priority areas;
- Objectives, actions and targets;
- Stakeholders; and
Follow the links below to explore the EcoDistrict’s sustainable neighbourhood action plan!