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Integrated Community Sustainability Plans

Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs) are plans that have been developed by all of Nova Scotia's fifty-four municipalities. They are a reporting requirement of the Municipal Funding Agreement (MFA) between the province and municipalities. This agreement allows the transfer of Federal Gas Tax funds to municipalities for environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects.

A main component of the ICSPs is that they are prepared with a strong element of public consultation, and are developed around a future envisioned by the people who work and live within each community. ICSPs are built upon four pillars, which are critical to the long-term well being of communities and people. These are: (1) the natural environment, (2) the social elements of communities, (3) the local and regional economy, and (3) culture and heritage.

ICSPs are meant to complement and build upon existing community planning efforts. For example, a municipality with a Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), which is comprehensive or not single issue in nature and which covers the entire municipality, can use that document as its ICSP (if it includes the components required under the terms of the MFA). Municipalities without a comprehensive Municipal Planning Strategy are required to expand and amend their MPS to meet the requirements of the agreement. Municipalities were also given an option to develop a Stand-Alone Plan, which is not linked to their Municipal Planning Strategy. The overall objective of the ICSP process is to help municipalities identify goals for a sustainable future, and to develop a strategic approach to achieving their goals.

As of March 2010, every municipality had prepared and submitted their ICSP to the Department of Municipal Affairs. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact your local municipal office.

ICSP Resource Documents