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Green Bylaws Toolkit

Deborah Curran and Company
Published: 2016
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The toolkit is a resource to help local governments understand and implement bylaws for the protection of environmental assets in their communities. It outlines the value of sensitive ecosystems to local governments, presents a series of legal tools that can be used in their protection, explains how to use these tools, and gives sample bylaw language from around BC that can be used by communities drafting their own bylaws.
Separate sections of the toolkit address different local government contexts, from rural (regional district), through to urban situations. Key applications (such as Regional Growth Strategies, Official Community Plans, or Zoning Bylaws) are covered with specific information and best practices.
Appendices to the toolkit provide a series of related companion documents including considerations on local governments and climate change planning, First Nations, relationship between federal, provincial, and local government statutes, among others.  The toolkit also provides links to a variety of other related guides, toolkits, or resources that could assist local governments in their efforts.
The toolkit is also available as an online document, enabling easier searching and perusal.
Subject Area(s):
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Environment
  • Erosion
  • Flood
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Land Use
  • Shorellines
  • Stormwater/Rainwater
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Forests
  • Water Management
  • Watersheds
  • Weed Control
  • Wetlands
  • Habitat
  • Biodiversity Action Plan
  • Drought Management Plan
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Groundwater Management Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Sensitive Ecosystems Protection Plan
  • Source Water Protection Plan
  • Invasive Species Management Plan
  • Stormwater/Rainwater Management Plan/Program
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Water Conservation Plan/Program
  • Watershed Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Wildfire Protection Plan
  • Biodiversity Conservation Plan
  • Development Permit Area
  • Urban Forest Management Plan
  • Ecosystems Services Assessment/Plan
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Food Strategy
  • Habitat Stewardship or Restoration Plan
  • Land Use Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • Flow Charts
  • Legislation
  • List of Resources
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Goals/Objectives/Actions
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
  • Definitions
  • Planning Tools/Actions
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