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Sustainable Land Use Planning

Land use planning has an impact not only on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by vehicle traffic, construction, and infrastructure maintenance, but also on communities’ vulnerability to climate change.

We must change our practices in a number of areas:

  • Make better use of urban areas in order to protect natural environments and agricultural land
  • Provide dense, complete, welcoming living environments
  • Make public transit and opportunities for active transportation more available
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of buildings

There are also ways to manage risks associated with climate change:

  • Greening urban spaces
  • Converting concrete backyards into vegetable gardens
  • Connecting parks using green corridors

Through the Climate Change Action Plan, the government helps municipalities seeking to incorporate climate change adaptation into their current and future land use planning and risk management practices.

In Québec, the Climate Change Action Plan supports projects on sustainable land use planning:

  • Climate program for municipalities. This program supported municipal initiatives to survey GHG emissions and draw up emission reduction and climate change adaptation plans. Some 253 municipal bodies participated in the program, covering 77% of the Québec population in all administrative regions. Five municipalities developed climate change adaptation plans, including the greening of parking lots to reduce the effects of urban heat islands and the development of new design criteria for wastewater collection systems in response to the growing frequency of heavy rains.

  • The municipal housing bureau in Trois-Rivières (in French) received $402,000 in financial assistance to support measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of climate change on health and the environment. The project includes the installation of a green roof, a passive solar wall, and a surface geothermal system.

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