Coastal Adaptation Plan – Fraser River Foreshore

EcoPlan led a project with support from Northwest Hydraulics Consulting (NHC) and Connect Landscape Architecture for the City of Vancouver’s Coastal Adaptation Plan. The project explored the City’s most at-risk coastal flood hazard areas, the Fraser River shoreline, which runs from Boundary Road in the east to Musqueam First Nation and UBC in the west. The community-based project included working with area residents, business owners, and Musqueam First Nation to both increase awareness around current flood hazards in the area and to identify community values which will be used in later project phases to help evaluate flood management options. The project was recognized with a 2019 Planning Institute of British Columbia Excellence in Planning Award (Gold): Research and New Directions in Planning.

The Coastal Adaptation Plan also resulted in a supporting list of design principles and more detailed design attributes that will be used in future project phases to help shape preliminary management options for the Fraser River Foreshore area. The project has also included the development of a “primer” document called Vancouver’s Changing Shoreline – Preparing for Sea Level Rise, which has been used to support stakeholder and partner engagement and will be used for future community engagement and later project phases.

Community Open House

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Primer