Council’s goals are:
1. Have a thorough understanding of the current and future emergency risks facing the community
2. Have access to updated information to better respond to emergency events when they do occur
3. Have a comprehensive, long-term Emergency Plan to respond to emergency risks with consideration for climate change
4. Be capable of budgeting and implementing mitigation plans including capital projects aimed at developing a more resilient community
5. Protect and enhance our natural environment to ameliorate potential severity of natural disasters and reduce the impact of the human footprint on the natural environment
The Village of Cache Creek will undertake the following actions:
1. Compile all existing data regarding infrastructure; outline the existing gaps to determine the data that requires improvement for the Village in order to make better informed decisions and implement the best possible mitigation techniques at any given location.
2. Revise our OCP to include general land use policy statements and maps defining risk areas and to include restrictions on the use of land subject to hazardous conditions whether it be flooding, erosion, or watercourse protection. The OCP would declare the floodplain area as a designated “development permit area” for the purpose of:
a. Protecting the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity
b. Protection of development from hazardous conditions
3. Adjust other necessary Plans and Bylaws to coordinate with our OCP
4. Revise our Emergency Plan to monitor and respond to emergency events to prevent the loss of life, minimize injury and trauma, and minimize damage to or loss of property
5. Promote drought-resistant landscaping
6. Ensure that riparian areas are protected appropriately using Development Permit Area Guidelines
7. Promote the conservation of the fish habitat on Bonaparte and Cache Creek Rivers
8. Ensure developments adhere to applicable senior government legislations in order to protect watercourses and fish habitat from urban encroachment
9. Use flood sensitive areas as park, recreational, or conservation areas to minimize public exposure to emergency events risks and minimize damage to property
10. Support the development of programs that enhance natural environment to provide wildlife habitat, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve tree canopy in the community
11. Remove non-native vegetation from parks and community spaces
12. Update emergency plans for wildfire and flood events
13. Integrate Fire Smart guidelines into governance
14. Develop emergency access routes
15. Develop and communicate best practices for emergency preparedness to residents
16. Acquire emergency generator for the Water Treatment Plant
17. Approach capital projects through the lens of climate resiliency and energy conservation
17. Increase public education on water consumption and water conservation for residents during natural disasters.
Local Government Climate Action Program (LGCAP) provides local governments and Modern Treaty Nations with predictable and stable funding to support the implementation of local climate action that reduces emissions and prepares communities for the impacts of a changing climate.
The LGCAP supports local climate action to help B.C. reach legislated climate targets and achieve provincial climate goals outlined in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy.
For more information about this program, click here.