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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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Land Use Planning Tools for Local Adaptation to Climate Change

Government of Canada
Published: 2012
This document describes seven of the most prominent land use planning tools being used across Canada to help communities prepare for climate change, increase adaptive capacity and build resilience. A brief example of each tool and its use by a Canadian community is given. The document also explains five decision-support tools designed to assist decision makers in the process of developing and implementing climate change adaptation plans and policies. A description of provincial and territorial roles in local adaptation planning is included in an appendix.
The document is directed to individuals and groups interested in climate change adaptation at the local level, including planners and other local government staff, elected officials, community organizations, local residents and business leaders.
Subject Areas:
  • Climate Change
  • Drought
  • Flood
  • Land Use
  • Stormwater/Rainwater
  • Water Management
  • Water Quality
  • Watersheds
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Drought Management Plan
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Land Use Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Regulatory Bylaw
  • Stormwater/Rainwater Management Plan/Program
  • Watershed Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • Definitions
  • Legislation
  • Planning Tools
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
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