Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy

Climate change is driving some big changes on Surrey’s coastline. In the short-term, Surrey can expect more frequent and severe flooding from sea level rise and storm surges, while over the longer-term they can expect even greater challenges.

As part of a larger project team led by Northwest Hydraulics Consulting (NHC), EcoPlan is supporting the City of Surrey on a five-phase project to develop a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) for the City’s coastal floodplain area which occupies 20% of Surrey’s total land area. EcoPlan led the stakeholder/partner engagement and facilitation component during the first three phases of the project along with the value-based decision process and worked with a broad range of stakeholders and community partners to ensure that the planning process is community-driven, participatory, and transparent. Engagement activities during these phases included workshops, public open houses, site tours, broad-based outreach and engagement at community events, a social media campaign (which generated 250,000 impressions), two project videos, and three City-wide surveys.