Planning and Development Services, Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)
March 2021 to January 2022
Comox Valley Regional District coastal areas
The regional district embarked on a multi-phase initiative to tackle coastal flood issues with its neighbours (K’ómoks First Nation, Town of Comox, City of Courtenay). The regional district had recently completed coastal flood mapping, and decision makers wanted to know “what does this mean?”.
They also wanted to inform the public, and make proactive decisions to reduce risk by adapting to sea level rise and coastal storms. However, the large multi-jurisdictional area means that responsibilities are fractured, and interests vary widely.
Using the available flood maps, we completed a risk assessment to establish an understanding of the places and things that could be affected today and in the future with sea level rise.
To identify preferred adaptation strategies, we held multiple engagement sessions with stakeholders and partners and decision makers. We identified illustrative areas to develop a decision process that incorporated the values and the “things that matter” that were shared by participants.
At the end of the process, we presented the project findings to elected officials and the public. The CVRD is now better equipped to tackle tough decisions to select and implement adaptation options, increasing resilience in communities along its coastline.