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18 Sep, 2008 Official Community Plan (OCP)
18 Sep, 2008 Community Climate Change Agenda

Taking action on climate change can strengthen an integrated sustainability agenda that advances fundamental economic, social and environmental priorities in the community. The OCP creates an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across every sector of activity.

Land Use | Transportation | Buildings | Infrastructure | Government Operations

18 Sep, 2008 Blueprint for a Healthy Community

The Local Government Act authorizes the development of Official Community Plans (OCPs) in BC (Sections 875-879). An official community plan is a local government bylaw that provides objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management within the area covered by the plan. OCPs are significant because, after their adoption, all bylaws and works undertaken by a Council or Board must be consistent with the plan.

18 Sep, 2008 S06_GHG_Comparison

Lonsdale Energy Corporation.

18 Sep, 2008 S06_energygraph

Lonsdale Energy Corporation

18 Sep, 2008 S06_dh_diagram

Lonsdale Enerfy Corporation.

18 Sep, 2008 PR22_Toronto_bikes

The City of Toronto is creating opportunities for City employees to move away from automobiles with a pool of City bicycles. / City of Toronto, 2008

18 Sep, 2008 S04_Decal

This decal reminds drivers to turn off their engine and avoid idling / Township of Langley, 2007.

18 Sep, 2008 S04_JohnMcQueen

John McQueen, Equipment Maintenance Manager for the Township of Langley, is one of the leaders of the Township of Langley’s GHG reduction activities / Township of Langley, 2007.

18 Sep, 2008 S05_Funding

Funding announcement / City of Dawson Creek.

18 Sep, 2008 S05_WindMonitor

Wind monitor / City of Dawson Creek.

18 Sep, 2008 S05_SolarStreetLight

Solar panel traffic lights / City of Dawson Creek.

17 Sep, 2008 Density Bonusing
17 Sep, 2008 Getting More from Density Bonusing

Land Use

Local governments can allow density bonuses in strategic areas to encourage compact communities. This in turn will help achieve densities that can support transit, commercial centres and more protected green space.

Density bonuses are often used in infill and brownfield redevelopment as an incentive for developers to convert underused lands into vibrant neighbourhoods.
 

17 Sep, 2008 Incentive for Density Programs

Density Bonuses offer developments a level of density that surpasses the allowable Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in exchange for amenities or housing needed by the community. These amenities typically include parks, heritage preservation and affordable housing, but offering increased density in exchange for greener development can also be seen as an amenity to the community [1].

17 Sep, 2008 Development Cost Charges
17 Sep, 2008 DCCs - Key Implementation Considerations

Some local governments apply DCCs uniformly and do not differentiate between different types of development and their impact on infrastructure. Alternatively, a sector or gradient approach to DCCs sets reduced rates for higher density development and high performance buildings, reflecting the associated reduction in infrastructure costs.

17 Sep, 2008 Using Development Cost Charges to Finance Smart Development

Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are the most common means of financing growth-related infrastructure.

They are one time charges that local governments can levy on most new subdivision and building at the time of approval. DCCs shift financial responsibility for providing capital costs for off-site infrastructure, including sewer, water, storm drainage, roads, and parkland, from the general tax base to the developers of new growth requiring the infrastructure.

17 Sep, 2008 Regional Growth Strategy
17 Sep, 2008 How can a Regional Growth Strategy be used to take action on climate change?

An effective regional growth strategy guides growth in a way that minimizes emissions through efficient use of land and water resources, infrastructure and transportation systems.  In addition, maintaining greenspace serves to maximize CO2 sequestration alongside providing other environmental, social and economic benefits.

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