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:
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?
(Icon photo courtesy of ecstaticist/Flickr)