Sea Level Rise
As a result of climate change, coastal areas, including West Vancouver’s waterfront, are vulnerable to flooding from extreme weather. This risk will continue to increase with projected sea level rise in the future where low-lying areas will become even more vulnerable to flooding over time. This is already experienced on the North Shore during combined strong winds and high tides.
Adapting proactively will help prepare the community for changes in coastal areas, benefit financial planning and risk reduction, improve environmental health and may provide additional community benefits such as enriched public spaces and enhanced community well-being.
The District of West Vancouver has been proactively preparing for the effects of sea level rise through:
North Shore Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment and Adaptation Management Strategy
This strategy will help us understand and manage the present and future risks of sea level rise across the North Shore.
Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group
With a mandate to identify the values of the District coastal marine environment and community priorities for the coastline, this working group will provide policy statements to guide decision making on District-specific coastal management issues.
Foreshore Development Permit Area and a Flood Construction Level Bylaw
The Planning Department has commissioned an Interim Planning for Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise study to inform the preparation of a Foreshore Development Permit Area and a Flood Construction Level Bylaw that will:
- Increase the resiliency of coastal properties and infrastructure to sea level impacts
- Manage the risks and impacts of coastal hazards like storms and flooding
- Control development to preserve and support coastal ecosystems
- Establish area-specific flood construction levels (FCL) and setbacks to use as guiding criteria for future development.