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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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Green Bylaws Toolkit

Deborah Curran and Company
Published: 2016
Link: View Link
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 Areas:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Erosion
  • Flood
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Habitat
  • Invasive Species
  • Land Use
  • Shorelines
  • Stormwater/Rainwater
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Forests
  • Water Management
  • Watersheds
  • Wetlands
  • Biodiversity Conservation Plan
  • Development Permit Area
  • Drought Management Plan
  • Ecosystems Services Assessment/Plan
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Groundwater Management Plan
  • Habitat Stewardship or Restoration Plan
  • Invasive Species Management Plan
  • Land Use Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Sensitive Ecosystems Protection Plan
  • Source Water Protection Plan
  • Stormwater/Rainwater Management Plan/Program
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Urban Forest Management Plan
  • Water Conservation Plan/Program
  • Watershed Plan
  • Wildfire Protection Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • Definitions
  • Legislation
  • List of Resources
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Goals/Objectives/Actions
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
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