Residents are being asked to provide their input on a new community sustainability plan that could help the County of Lambton land capital funding for brownfield, energy, transportation, waste, and water projects.
The Integrated Community Sustainability Plan was approved, in principle, by Lambton County Council at its September 5, 2012 meeting. Comments on the document are now being accepted until October 19 with a final report on the matter expected to go to council in November.
"With an ICSP in place, the County of Lambton will be able to leverage funding such as grants or below-market loans under the Green Municipal Fund," says General Manager Infrastructure & Development Jim Kutyba. "Once approved, the municipality will be eligible to access 50% funding for feasibility studies and field tests and 80% funding for capital work."
The County has worked closely with City of Sarnia staff to develop complimentary ICSPs as an example of integrating sustainability in a two-tier local government structure.
The County's draft plan and additional information is available on its website, www.lambtononline.ca