Feedback Invited on New Land Use Guidelines to Address Sea Level Rise

New guidelines for land use development in areas affected by sea level rise are under consideration by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Local Governments are invited to provide comments by early August.

A technical working group of local government professional staff has been established to review written submissions and make recommendations to the Ministry regarding changes to the draft amendment. The Ministry will consider all feedback and recommendations in preparing the final guideline amendment, which will be subject to review by the technical working group prior to publication in the guidelines document. Publication of the final amendment may also be conditional on further analysis and consideration of any policy or technical issues that arise during the consultation process.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is inviting local governments to provide comments on a draft amendment to sections 3.5 (The Sea) and 3.6 (Areas Protected by Standard Dikes) of the Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines. The proposed amendment updates these sections to include design considerations for land use and development in areas that will be affected by sea level rise. The draft amendment will be posted for comment until August 8, 2014.

The Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines were prepared by the provincial government in 2004 to help local governments, land-use managers, and approving officers develop and implement land-use management plans, and make subdivision approval decisions, in areas subject to flood hazards. The draft amendment is based on a series of technical studies, Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines for Sea Dikes and Coastal Flood Hazard Land Use (Ausenco Sandwell, 2011), as well as discussion with local governments and stakeholders over the past three years.

Please send comments by mail or email to:

Tina Neale
Water Program Analyst
Water Protection and Sustainability Branch
Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9362 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9M2

Email: Tina.Neale@gov.bc.ca

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