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TitleA Canadian risk-based land-use guide
AuthorStruik, L C; Pearce, L D; Clague, J J; Allan, J D; Dercole, F; Ulmi, M; Pearce, L D; Shoubridge, J; Hastings, NORCID logo; Journeay, J M; Wojtarowicz, M; Weston, M; Jeromin, C; Walker, R
SourceCanadian Risk and Hazards Network 9th Annual Symposium abstracts; 2012 p. 47
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20120121
Meeting9th Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium; Vancouver; CA; October 24-26, 2012
Subjectsengineering geology; land use
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Quantitative risk assessment
Released2012 01 01
AbstractWe describe the draft version of a risk-based land-use guide for British Columbia. It was prepared by a team who want the guide to strengthen community safety and resilience by supporting informed land-use decisions. An objective is to facilitate community dialogue that clarifies the roles of stakeholders and leads to implementation of best practices to reduce risk. This presentation continues that dialogue to improve the guide. The land-use guide shows how to measure and understand the risks of actual and proposed landuse, and how to maintain acceptable levels of risk. Effective risk management is best achieved through open and transparent sharing of knowledge by citizens, developers, and municipal and regional staff and elected officials, and requires a clear division and sharing of responsibility. The land-use guide targets municipal and regional officials because they are responsible for strategic and operational land-use recommendations and decisions. Those officials have been involved in the creation of the land-use guide to ensure practicality and relevance. Key to practicality is the use of existing local legislative, regulatory, and managerial instruments that balance social, economic, and environmental concerns. The guide provides methods for evaluating land-use risk, guidelines for improving hazard and risk management, and metrics for determining the success of the decision-making process, It defines hazard and risk concepts and demonstrates the value of informed land-use decisions for managing risk. It contains case studies and a glossary of terms. The team will continue to seek input to improve the draft until the spring of 2013.

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