Planning Guides

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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Official Community Plan Policies Supporting Climate Resilience

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 Areas:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Flood
  • Land Use
  • Sustainability
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Management
  • Wildfire
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Development Permit Area
  • Official Community Plan
  • Definitions
  • List of Resources
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
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