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Development Permit Areas for Climate Action: A Guide for Energy Conservation, Water Conservation and GHG Emissions Reduction

 

In 2008, the provincial government amended the Local Government Act (LGA) to include three DPA purposes for climate action. These purposes establish objectives to promote energy conservation, water conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Development Permit Areas for Climate Action: A Guide for Energy Conservation, Water Conservation and GHG Emissions Reduction (600 KB, PDF) 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.

 

This guide was developed by Ministry staff and reviewed by key stakeholders, including: local government planning staff; landscape architects; the Urban Development Institute; the Canadian Homebuilders Association; BC Hydro and other relevant government agencies.

 

The guide:

  • describes the legislative authority for DPAs for climate action;

  • identifies considerations for local governments that are undertaking a DPA for climate action;

  • presents examples of DPA strategies for energy conservation, water conservation and GHG reduction; and,

  • highlights local government examples of DPAs for climate action and related initiatives

 

Explore the Guide by Topic:

 

Introduction (51 KB, PDF)

Legislative Authority for DPAs for Climate Action (56 KB, PDF)
Implementing DPAs for Climate Action (111 KB, PDF)
Example DPA Strategies for Energy Conservation and GHG Reduction (185 KB, PDF)
Example DPA Strategies for Water Conservation (82 KB, PDF)
Local Government Examples (37 KB, PDF)
Getting it Right - Questions and Considerations for Implementing DPAs for Climate Action ( 36 KB, PDF)

 

Contact Information:

Intergovernmental Relations & Planning Division

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

6th Floor 800 Johnson Street

PO Box 9841 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC V8W 9T2

Phone: 250-387-4037 in Victoria
Fax:
250-387-
6212

 

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