Foreshore Development Permit Area

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Learn more about how the proposed Foreshore Development Permit Area will protect properties from sea level rise

As climate change causes increased sea level rise and storm surge, it is important for waterfront communities to develop building regulations that specifically address the risk of coastal hazards and flooding. The District is creating a development permit area for the foreshore that will help protect people and homes, protect the environment, and provide clear information for property owners about how to develop waterfront properties safely.

What is a Foreshore Development Permit Area?

A Development Permit Area is a legislative policy document to control development within the coastal floodplain.

A Foreshore Development Permit Area would guide redevelopment of properties in areas that will potentially be impacted by coastal flooding, and ensure that new development is designed for safe use in response to climate change threats.

Who is impacted by this?

Property owners within the Development Permit Area who are subdividing, developing, or altering property will require a development permit. As buildings are replaced over time, neighbourhoods will become more resilient to sea level rise and coastal flooding.

There are approximately 840 properties within the Foreshore Development Permit Area, including private residential properties and private commercial properties.

Why do we need this in West Vancouver?

Oceanfront homes are in high demand in West Vancouver, but building too close to the ocean can increase the risk of damage to homes and can also damage the foreshore. It is a priority for the District to address this threat by preparing strategies to protect the shoreline and waterfront properties.

Previous policy decisions

One of Council's Council Strategic Goals is to protect our natural environment, reduce our impact on it, and adapt to climate change, including addressing the threat of sea level rise and coastal flooding. In November 2020, Council asked District staff for prepare a Foreshore DPA for their consideration.

The Official Community Plan also specifies the need for a Foreshore DPA. In addition, the Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group, and the broader North Shore Sea Level Rise Strategy, both include recommendations to prepare a DPA as one tool to adapt to sea level rise and coastal flooding risks.




Presentation video from the virtual information meeting

Thank you to everyone that joined us for a virtual information meeting on Wednesday, April 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

If you have comments or questions, please send them to communications@westvancouver.ca. Comments and questions are accepted up to and including Monday, May 10.

Missed the virtual meeting? View the presentation video below or read the Q&A.


Learn more about how the proposed Foreshore Development Permit Area will protect properties from sea level rise

As climate change causes increased sea level rise and storm surge, it is important for waterfront communities to develop building regulations that specifically address the risk of coastal hazards and flooding. The District is creating a development permit area for the foreshore that will help protect people and homes, protect the environment, and provide clear information for property owners about how to develop waterfront properties safely.

What is a Foreshore Development Permit Area?

A Development Permit Area is a legislative policy document to control development within the coastal floodplain.

A Foreshore Development Permit Area would guide redevelopment of properties in areas that will potentially be impacted by coastal flooding, and ensure that new development is designed for safe use in response to climate change threats.

Who is impacted by this?

Property owners within the Development Permit Area who are subdividing, developing, or altering property will require a development permit. As buildings are replaced over time, neighbourhoods will become more resilient to sea level rise and coastal flooding.

There are approximately 840 properties within the Foreshore Development Permit Area, including private residential properties and private commercial properties.

Why do we need this in West Vancouver?

Oceanfront homes are in high demand in West Vancouver, but building too close to the ocean can increase the risk of damage to homes and can also damage the foreshore. It is a priority for the District to address this threat by preparing strategies to protect the shoreline and waterfront properties.

Previous policy decisions

One of Council's Council Strategic Goals is to protect our natural environment, reduce our impact on it, and adapt to climate change, including addressing the threat of sea level rise and coastal flooding. In November 2020, Council asked District staff for prepare a Foreshore DPA for their consideration.

The Official Community Plan also specifies the need for a Foreshore DPA. In addition, the Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group, and the broader North Shore Sea Level Rise Strategy, both include recommendations to prepare a DPA as one tool to adapt to sea level rise and coastal flooding risks.




Presentation video from the virtual information meeting

Thank you to everyone that joined us for a virtual information meeting on Wednesday, April 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

If you have comments or questions, please send them to communications@westvancouver.ca. Comments and questions are accepted up to and including Monday, May 10.

Missed the virtual meeting? View the presentation video below or read the Q&A.