The Town of Qualicum Beach’s Community Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCCAP) has undergone an extensive review and was adopted by council at its recent Jan. 18 meeting.
Next steps will be for the town to implement actions of the plan, with priority given to those that can be mainstreamed into current planning schedules and existing operations. Planning for the mid-to long-term actions will also begin.
The CCCAP builds upon the existing town policies and actions to develop local capacity for climate change resilience and to advance efforts on adaptation.
The Town’s Select Committee on Environment and Sustainability reviewed the plan over several months, resulting in recommendations to council on which areas should be prioritized, and how best to advance the town’s goals and objectives in alignment with its Sustainability Plan.
Council adopted the Committee’s recommendations to prioritize the following objectives in the order below:
• Integrate climate change thinking into all planning and decision making;
• Improve public health, safety and preparedness to climate-related events;
• Effectively manage and support a healthy urban forest;
• Continue long-term planning for sea level rise in alignment with the Waterfront Master Plan;
• Continue to prioritize the supply of clean water including actions to improve coordinated watershed management and planning, and increase water conservation practices and policies;
• Promote and expand the use of Low Impact Development (LID) and Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for building.
For more information on the project visit www.qualicumbeach.com/ccap
— NEWS Staff, submitted