BC has the opportunity to take steps now to minimize damage from future floods. That’s a key message REALTORS® from around the province will deliver to Members of the Legislative Assembly during BCREA’s annual lobbying conference, Government Liaison Days, April 27-29.
BCREA has been concerned about issues related to flooding since 2006, and outdated floodplain maps since 2011. A floodplain map is an important tool for community planning, because it shows areas subject to high flood hazard. This information is used in decisions about land use planning, emergency response management and capital investments.
Since 2003-2004, local governments in BC have carried most of the responsibility for flood management, but their expertise and resources vary widely. The result is that most existing floodplain maps are out of date, which puts communities at risk. This is a classic Quality of Life issue, requiring balance among concerns for the economy, environment, safety and the rights of private property owners.
BCREA urges the provincial government to:
- Take the lead, working with local and federal governments, to ensure floodplain maps are updated and remain current.
- Develop guidelines and specifications for the development of floodplain maps.
- Ensure senior government funding programs for flood mitigation cover technical studies, such as floodplain maps.
BCREA CEO Robert Laing will also discuss floodplain maps during the BC Land Summit, May 14-16. For more information about this unique event, which offers professionals from diverse land-related fields the opportunity to learn, share ideas, collaborate and network, visit www.bclandsummit.com.