Sustainable development is defined as the global use of resources to meet our present needs without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability planning must consider the economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of the community.
An Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) is a long term (20 to 50 year) plan that will guide us in making the right investments today so that our community is healthy and sustainable economically, socially, environmentally and culturally for our citizens in years to come. Communities across Nova Scotia were required to develop an ICSP by 2010 as a key requirement of the Federal Gas Tax Agreement and the Municipal Funding Agreement with the Nova Scotia Government. The District of Shelburne has used this requirement as an opportunity to put a long term strategic plan in place to ensure a healthy, sustainable community and assure the quality of life of all our residents.