A group of dedicated community members from many organizations and businesses committed to serving the Lower Columbia region for the well-being of all residents.

The LCCDTS has a mandate to foster community development in the Lower Columbia.  It provides a collaborative forum for discussion, support and leadership of a broad range of initiatives that all contribute in different ways to enhancing community and regional well-being.

Ideas are generated to address community issues, guide projects and ensure information is shared for everyone’s benefit.

The LCCDTS works to achieve these goals in three ways by acting, as appropriate, as:

  • a project leader
  • a project collaborator
  • a supporter of projects led by other community organizations.


By working with key players in the Lower Columbia region, the LCCDTS is advancing the  prosperity and resilience of our communities.

ATCO Wood Products

Columbia Basin Trust

Community Futures Greater Trail

Trail FAIR Society

Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

Kootenay Career Development Society

Kootenay Savings Credit Union

Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society

Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation

Remax All Pro Realty

School District #20

Selkirk College

The Skills Centre

Tourism Rossland

Teck Resources - Trail Operations

Trail & District Chamber of Commerce

Neighbors United

Local Government Partners:

Government partners who strengthen our region through collaboration with the LCCDTS.

How we serve

The LCCDTS Executive committee oversees operations of the society and works to ensure sustainability of the Society

Committee Members

Morag Carter (President)

Bill Van Beek (Treasurer)

Jan Morton (Past-president)

Current Working Committees on Regional Issues:



The committee will support and encourage development within the South Kootenay’s metallurgical business sector including mining, metallurgical, environmental and related service industries.


Health and Hospital:

Our primary goal is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital as a modern and efficient institution for all residents in the Kootenay Boundary Region. We believe that the social and economic services it provides are essential to a viable Kootenay Boundary Region.


Attainable Housing:

The purpose of the Committee is to facilitate and advocate for strategies that address housing needs, that attract and retain individuals and families, and that contribute to the viability of the LCCDTS region.



Create momentum for sustainability in the Lower Columbia by increasing capacity for sustainable technologies and approaches.


Tourism/Active Transportation:

To work collaboratively to develop a multi-community, multi-faceted approach to strengthen regional tourism.


Sustainable Local Agriculture:

The purpose of the Committee is to facilitate and advocate for food growing strategies that promote local agriculture and business, and thus contribute to the viability of the LCCDT region. Initiatives are related to: food and water supply, drainage, insect/weed control, and land use plans that engage communities and people on their own terms, needs and wants. Sustainable agriculture encourages practices that protect the environment, respect animal welfare, promote community involvement and pride while bolstering the local economy.


West Kootenay Boundary Investment Co-op:

To conduct initial scrutiny of and due diligence on investment applications received for the Trail area.