Development Permit Areas for Climate Action
919.1 of the
Local Government Act
local governments may designate
development permit areas (DPAs)
official community plan (OCP)
for one or more purposes. In 2008, the provincial government amended the
LGA to include three DPA purposes for
climate action: establishing objectives to promote energy conservation; water conservation; and, greenhouse gas (GHG)
The expanded DPA authority in the LGA is intended to apply to elements that are exterior to buildings.
Development Permit Areas for Climate Action: A Guide for Energy Conservation, Water Conservation and GHG Emissions Reduction was created to help local governments in British Columbia make strategic choices about how to effectively use DPAs for climate action and to help achieve their GHG emission reduction targets.
publications relating to planning for climate change:
Development permit areas for climate action at work: