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Adapting to our Changing Climate: Community Planning

Tue, May 9, 2023 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET | English

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Session Overview

Municipalities and planning departments across Canada are tasked with developing our communities in a period where climate change is intensifying. The global water cycle is disrupted, bringing more intense rainfall and flooding to regions that must now re-assess future builds and mitigate the effects of climate change. 

For you, adapting to climate change and decision-making in planning may require a new framework. You need to translate the needs in housing, the community, and the environment into connections that answer questions such as:

  • What mitigating actions can we take now to protect our community? 
  • What are the long-term costs and benefits of taking action?
  • How will climate change adaptation shape our community for future generations?

This webinar will walk through a conceptual planning scenario where occupied buildings are phased out of an at-risk area in a Canadian city and re-zoned and replaced with naturalized flood protection infrastructure. 

You will see how the costs associated with out-migration of these neighbourhoods and future growth targets are considered and quantified. Finally, you will see how a naturalized river edge is visualized as a new public greenspace that will not only provide a public amenity but also an ecological service to the city.  

Key Points

  • Discover how to calculate impacted jobs, residential units, populations, value of properties, etc. in one system when re-zoning neighbourhoods.
  • See how you can use ArcGIS to integrate community metrics to analyze future land use proposals to address climate change.
  • Acquire new tips on generating 3D views of plans to communicate to key community planning stakeholders.

Intended Audience

This webinar is designed for city planners, landscape architects, city managers, emergency managers, and environmental and climate change advocates.

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