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The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Subdivision and Development Servicing Model Bylaw

Columbia Basin Trust
Published: 2013
This document is a model bylaw for subdivision and development servicing that can be adapted by local governments. Specific information on climate change, stormwater management, water supply, sanitary sewers, transportation, and hillside standards is provided with samples from BC communities. The model bylaw provides definitions and outlines works and services to be required and matters to be addressed in the approval process. It also outlines information to be prepared by consulting professionals to describe parcel characteristics, location, or climate vulnerability and includes: climate adaptation; imperviousness and rainwater infiltration; passive solar design; integrated stormwater management; wildfire interface and landscaping.
The criteria, specifications, and performance standards for municipal infrastructure in the model bylaw are based on the principles of sustainability and asset management and include: enhancement of quality of life; environmental protection; minimizing construction costs; preventative maintenance; and life cycle costs.
Subject Areas:
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Flood
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Land Use
  • Stormwater/Rainwater
  • Sustainability
  • Water Management
  • Regulatory Bylaw
  • Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw
  • Case Studies
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Goals/Objectives/Actions
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
  • Standards
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