Sea Level Rise

As a result of climate change, coastal areas, including West Vancouver’s waterfront, are vulnerable to flooding from extreme weather. This risk will continue to increase with projected sea level rise in the future where low-lying areas will become even more vulnerable to flooding over time. This is already experienced on the North Shore during combined strong winds and high tides.

Adapting proactively will help prepare the community for changes in coastal areas, benefit financial planning and risk reduction, improve environmental health and may provide additional community benefits such as enriched public spaces and enhanced community well-being.

What the District is doing

The District of West Vancouver has been proactively preparing for the effects of sea level rise through:

North Shore Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment and Adaptation Management Strategy

This strategy will help us understand and manage the present and future risks of sea level rise across the North Shore.

North Shore Sea Level Rise Strategy

Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group

With a mandate to identify the values of the District coastal marine environment and community priorities for the coastline, this working group will provide policy statements to guide decision making on District-specific coastal management issues.

Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group

Foreshore Development Permit Area

As climate change causes increased sea level rise and storm surge, it is important to develop building regulations in areas at risk of coastal hazards and flooding. A Foreshore Development Permit Area (DPA) would guide redevelopment of properties within areas potentially impacted by coastal flooding, and ensure that new development is suitably designed for safe use in response to climate change threats.

Foreshore Development Permit Area


Matthew MacKinnon
Environmental Manager