Green Waterfront Design Charrette Report

The Green Waterfront Design Charrette brought together design experts and staff from five British Columbia municipalities to explore how shifts in land use and build

In British Columbia, 2011 technical guidance from the Province suggested that coastal communities in BC should be preparing for 0.5 metres of sea level rise (SLR) by 2050, one metre by 2100, and two metres by 2200. Despite the futuristic ring to the provincial projections, the 50-100 plus year life span of most buildings and infrastructure means that planning and decisionmaking for coastal areas needs to account now for this new challenge. Local governments and other authorities in BC that regulate development and provide local services have been grappling with how to translate this guidance into practice ever since.

The Green Waterfront Design Charrette brought together design experts and staff from five British Columbia municipalities, including planners, engineers, sustainability specialists, emergency managers and biologists. Working collaboratively, they explored how shifts in land use and building design could support community resilience to sea level rise, focusing on responses that developed green infrastructure and provided opportunities to protect and restore coastal ecosystems, and maintain valuable natural shoreline amenities.