STUDY OF LAND USE POLICIES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO FLOODING
Clients: the Manitoba 2011 Flood Review Task Force and the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee
This study was structured to provide a high level understanding of approaches to land use policies/regulations and to develop general principles and arrive at conclusions that would be helpful to the Review Committee as well as the Flood Review Task Force in making their respective recommendations to the Government of Manitoba.

As part of the consultation, a Project Steering Committee was formed with representatives from various provincial departments, First Nations communities, and Rural Municipalities. A major part of the research into past experience and “best practices” in Manitoba, Canada, and the United States.

The resulting conclusions and recommendations of this report included;

  • The establishment of ‘Designated Flood Areas’ or lands where new development should be avoided.
  • The Manitoba Government adopt uniform standard flood protection level be developed and applied throughout the province.
  • An entity or agency to be given the authority for dealing with the disconnect between how water impacts the land and human settlements and how planning and the enforcement of policies and regulations are undertaken.