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Town of Stratford Climate Change Adaptation Plan - Atlantic Climate ...

Vahid Ghomashchi, PhD, MCIPDirector of Planning DepartmentDeveloped byKate Green & Armand Robichaud


• Background• Project “Mainstreaming Climate Change Tools forthe Professional Planning Community”• Initiated and developed by Canadian Institute ofPlanners (CIP)• Funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)• Four pilot communities in Atlantic region:1. Clair, New Brunswick2. Glace Bay, Nova Scotia3. Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook, Newfoundland4. Town of Stratford, PEI


• Contributors:• Developed by: Kate Green and Armand Robichaud• Coordinated and Supported by: Town of Stratford staff, Council and residents Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, PEI Don Forbes & Gary Lines


• Phase 1: Getting to Know the Community• Phase 2: Establishing Current and FutureVulnerability• Phase 3: Developing an Adaptation Strategy• Phase 4: Finalizing the Adaptation Plan


• TIME• RESOURCES• SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION & DATAThe Study relied heavily on existing scientific data


• 3rd largestcommunity of PEI• Almost 8,000 citizen• Fastest-growingcommunity of PEI• 22.1 square KM land• Surrounded bywater from 3 sides


PoliticiansResidentsScientistsConsensus?


• Community Perception; and• Elected Officials’ Opinion; and• Scientific Data and Professional Comments1. Coastal Erosion2. Inland Flooding3. Sea level Rise and Storm Surge4. More frequent and more sever weather events1. Threats to groundwater supply and quality; salt water intrusion2. Being cut off from regional and provincial services (Bridge)3. Storm water management system overflow4. Damage to coastal properties5. Damage to the Infrastructure6. Changes in Wildlife Habitats


Climate Change Impact Climate Change Scenario Probability ofOccurrenceCoastal Sea Level Rise andStorm Surge FloodingLow Emission ScenarioCurrent Emission ScenarioAlmost CertainProbableHigh Emission ScenarioPossibleInland FloodingAreas that are alreadyexperiencing floodingAlmost CertainAreas along key watercoursesor the marsh systemPossibleCoastal Erosion Areas along coastline Almost CertainSalt-water Intrusion ofGroundwaterAll potable waterPossible


Potential Climate Change Impact/Scenario andProbability of OccurrenceInfrastructureor SystemInfrastructure or System DetailWastewaterTreatment PlantSignificanceInfrastructure or SystemSeeingImpactsAlreadyYes (Y) –No (N)Sewage Lagoon Major YCoastalSea LevelRise andStormSurgeFloodingEmissionsScenario 1*AlmostCertain(AC)CoastalSea LevelRise andStormSurgeFloodingEmissionsScenario2*Probable(PB)CoastalSea LevelRise andStormSurgeFloodingEmissionsScenario 3*Possible(PS)InlandFloodingAreswithExistingFlooding– AlmostCertain(AC)AlongRiver/MarshSystems–Possible(PS)CoastalErosion**AlongCoastline– AlmostCertain(AC)SaltwaterIntrusionPossible (PS)


EmergencyServicesWastewaterTreatmentSystemPumpingStationHeritagePropertiesPotable WaterInfrastructureRecommendationsParks &RecreationRoadInfrastructurePrivatePropertiesWatershedAreaStorm-waterInfrastructure


Assess the Socioeconomicimpacts of seelevel rise and storm surgeon the coastal zonePartner with Provinceto educate and warnpeople on climatechange impactsPrivatePropertiesProtectionConsideringDeveloping setbackfrom coastal and lowlying areasExamine theZoning Map andconsider re-zoningof the mostvulnerable areasWork with theprovince to regulateand manage seawallconstruction andmaintenance


Work with the Stratford Area WatershedImprovement Group to incorporate theclimate change impact into thewatershed management strategyContinue to support theSAWIGWatershedAreaIncorporate the StormManagement Plan into theWatershed ManagementStrategy


Evaluate and UpgradeEmergency ResponsePlan considering theHillsborough BridgeinaccessibleRoadInfrastructureWork with theProvince to protectthe HillsboroughBridge


Assess theClimate ChangeImpacts on Newwell fieldsWork with theprovince to developa testing salt-waterintrusion modelPotableWaterInfrastructureWork with theprovince on assessthe climate changeimpacts onground waterPartner with academiato perform research onclimate changeimpacts ongroundwaterResearch best landmanagement practicesfor protection thegroundwater resources


Evaluate theimportance andvulnerability of eachpump stationReview and upgradethe EmergencyResponse Planagainst damage ofpump stationPumpingStationStudy alternativesfor safeguardingagainst pumpstation failurePerform the costbenefitanalysis ofupgrading the existingsystem


Continue to apply theStormwater ManagementPlanEnsure the Inland FloodingRisk and VulnerabilityAssessment proposedthrough RAC focuses onstorm management systemStormwaterInfrastructureReview and applynew engineeringstandardsresponding toclimate changeDevelop partnership withEngineers Canada toresearch on PublicInfrastructure Vulnerability


Any of the ParkAdaptation Strategyshould focus on thefull range of potentialadaptation methodsPark andRecreationInfrastructureWork with theSAWIG to assesspotential climatechange impacts onparks andrecreational areas


Immediate actionto protect theHazard pointsLighthouseHeritagePropertiesDevelop andAdaptation Strategyfor key heritageproperties


The EmergencyResponse Plan shouldgive carefulconsideration to theVulnerable areasEmergencyServicesAssess and upgradethe EmergencyResponse Planconsidering theClimate ChangeImpacts


It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to recognize climate change as a legitimate concern.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to be proactive in order to mitigate likely impacts of climatechange.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to monitor the progress of climate change impacts.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to establish proper setback requirements in pertinent bylaws sothat public and private infrastructure is out of harm’s way, as climate change impacts affect coastal andlow lying areas.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to allow the construction of sea walls when vital communityinfrastructure it at risk.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to allow for the maintenance of existing sea walls provided allpertinent bylaws and regulations are respected.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to not approve subdivisions that could be negatively affected byclimate change impacts.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to recognize that present storm water standards needs to berevised to recognize the impacts that increased coastal erosion, coastal flooding and inland flooding willhave on the Town’s storm water management system.


It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to recognize that present sewer management standards needs to be revised torecognize the impacts that increased coastal erosion, coastal flooding and inland flooding will have on the Town’s sewermanagement system.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to recognize that present water supply standards needs to be revised to recognizethe impacts that increased coastal erosion, coastal flooding and inland flooding will have on the Town’s water supplymanagement system.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to recognize that the present Emergency Measures Plan needs to be revised torecognize the impacts that increased coastal erosion, coastal flooding and inland flooding will have on the Town’semergency measures.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to recognize that present standards for the construction of roads and bridges needsto be revised to recognize the impacts that increased coastal erosion, coastal flooding and inland flooding will have onthe Town’s roads and bridges system.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to monitor coastal erosion, changes in precipitation patterns and other climatechange events.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to organize conferences & meetings, put out pamphlets and web sites on climatechange related issues.It is a policy of the Town of Stratford to send delegates to conferences on climate change. It is also the policy of the Townof Stratford, to invite climate change researchers and lecturers in the community.

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