Invitational Dialogues

Flood-proofing Vancouver: policies for a resilient city

Flood-proofing Vancouver: policies for a resilient city

Flood-proofing Vancouver: policies for a resilient city was a day-long dialogue session held on 16 October, 2013 in Vancouver, BC. Sixteen participants took part in the session from a variety of sectors including: planning, architectural, and engineering firms as well as municipal and provincial government staff and representatives from non-profits and foundations.

The dialogue was designed to answer the following key questions:

  • Are the policy changes and actions the City is taking to respond to sea level rise appropriate?
    • Where do you see gaps or opportunities for improvement?
    • What aspects would you find challenging?
    • What changes and actions do you specifically support?
  • Can you suggest any strategies to ensure effective implementation of these policies and future changes?
  • If current modeling shows that even higher building elevations (flood construction levels) are required, there will be significant impacts to streetscape and design. What are some ideas to deal with this?
  • How do you envision streetscapes and building design adapting to new and changing requirements? What innovative designs do you see emerging?
  • What other partners or stakeholders need to be brought into this discussion?
  • Are there other best practices in Canada or internationally that can help inform how we approach flood- resilience?
  • What are the best ways to continue to seek input as we plan for climate change and increased flood risk?

Reports

The Discussion Guide sets the context for the dialogue, download below:
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The Dialogue Report outlines the discussion and outcomes from the dialogue, download below:
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Photos

Providing feedback on the City of Vancouver's plans

Engaging in a community modeling exercise

Posting the challenges of adapting to changes in the built environment


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Icon photo courtesy of ecstaticist/Flickr)