The city of Vancouver has designed a climate change “adaptation” strategy to tackle a potential increase in street flooding, sewer backups, damaged forests and heat-related illnesses by 2050.
The strategy, scheduled to go to council for approval in principle Tuesday, suggests nine measures to address the potential impacts of climate change, which is expected to bring more intense rain and windstorms, hotter and drier summers and rising sea levels, affecting the city’s economic prosperity and livability.
The move is part of the Vancouver’s Greenest City plan that is aimed at reducing greenhouse gases by 2020. The specific measures include:
• Complete a coastal flood risk assessment;
• Amend flood-proofing policies;
• Develop and implement a citywide integrated stormwater management plan;
• Continue with sewer separation;
• Develop a backup power policy;
• Continue to implement water conservation actions;
• Support and expand extreme heat planning;
• Include climate change adaptation measures in the next Vancouver Building Bylaw update; and
• Develop and implement a comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan.