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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Smart Bylaws - Summary

West Coast Environmental Law
Published: 2003
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This guide was designed to assist local governments in implementing smart growth strategies through policy and bylaw changes. It describes smart growth practices, and presents case studies, technical standards and bylaws that can be customized to specific community needs. The guide brings together the best practices of municipalities across BC, and is composed of seven components:
  1. A Case for Smart Growth
  2. Smart Bylaws Summary
  3. Smart Growth Tool Webpages
  4. Case Studies
  5. Bylaws and Policies
  6. Checklists
  7. Resources
The Summary document (#2) linked in this database outlines the principles of smart growth, plus BC case studies that illustrate the implementation of each principle, and links to further information for each case study.
Subject Areas:
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Land Use
  • Sustainability
  • Development Permit Area
  • Land Use Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Regulatory Bylaw
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
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