FLASHBACK: 2008 Cowichan Valley Water Balance Model Forum featured case studies at watershed, neighbourhood and site scales





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In October 2008, the Cowichan Water Balance Model Forum featured a roundtable sharing of case study experience related to achieving runoff-based performance targets. Willing owners/developers and their planning/design consultants collaborated with the Water Balance Model team to develop three case study applications that were shared at the Forum.


Educational Context

The case study applications were at the watershed, neighbourhood and site scales. Prior to the Forum, the Water Balance Model was applied to these projects so that the results would inform the Forum learning outcomes:

  • Watershed-scale: Bamberton Lands, a project by Three Point Properties
  • Neighbourhood-scale: Artisan Village (Chemainus), a project by Chris Clement 
  • Site-scale: Lanes Landing (Cowichan Bay), a project by Len Barrie

 The purpose of the case study applications was to demonstrate that the Water Balance Model: can be applied at all scales of land use; places the emphasis on what is important; provides a consistent approach; generates reliable numbers easily and quickly; and informs land development strategies.

“What was unique about our approach was the educational context. Willing project proponents volunteered to develop and share the case studies. It truly was a collaborative effort,” recalls Rob Conway, Manager of  the Development Services Division at the Cowichan Valley Regional District. 



To access a set of online stories that elaborate on what was accomplished by the 2008 Forum, click on 2008 Cowichan Valley Water Balance Model Forum: List of Water Bucket Stories.