Province Amends Flood Guidelines

Based on a 2011 technical report that recommended incorporating sea level rise into planning and development, the Province will be amending Sections 3.5 and 3.6 of its Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines. The changes will come into effect on January 1, 2018.

Changes include recommendations for coastal communities to allow 1.0 m sea level rise (SLR) by 2100 and 2.0 m SLR by 2200. These amendments also recommended flood construction levels and setbacks local governments are required to consider when making bylaws for designated SLR planning areas.

Local authorities applying to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund’s Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping and Flood Mitigation Planning stream should review and take these amendments into account when drafting their applications.

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