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Official Community Plan Policies Supporting Climate Change

Columbia Basin Trust
Published: 2015
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The guide provides local government with guidance and examples for putting climate resilient policies into official community plans and development permit areas guidelines. The policies approaches address: extreme precipitation; flooding; temperature extremes; wildfires; water resources; and drought. The primary focus is climate adaptation, though some policies are also geared towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The climate adaptation policies are intended to increase a community’s resilience by reducing vulnerability to current and future weather or climate related hazards.
The official community plan sections of the guidebook cover:
·         Growth, land use and buildings
·         Infrastructure and utilities
·         Transportation
·         Natural environment
·         Hazardous areas
·         Parks, recreation and trails
·         Social sustainability
·         Economic development
·         Food production and security
·         Energy
·         Emergency management
·         Monitoring and evaluation.
Development permit areas provisions include: protection of the natural environment, protection from hazardous conditions, and energy and water conservation as well as guidance on development approval information areas and professional reports.
Subject Area(s):
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Flood
  • Land Use
  • Sustainability
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Management
  • Wildfire
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Development Permit Area
  • List of Resources
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
  • Definitions
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