GUIDANCE DOCUMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Develop with Care’ is Revitalised!




British Columbia guidance document is a valuable resource for local governments

Develop with Care 2012: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia replaces the 2006 version of this internationally acclaimed document. This compilation of environmental elements relating to urban and rural land development is a valuable resource for local governments and the land development community.

“We have found Develop with Care to be of immense help in supporting the sustainability goals and objectives of our Official Community Plan. It has become standard practice to include provisions which encourage developers to implement applicable guidelines and recommendations in all our Environmental Development Permits. We anticipate making even more use of the updated version to supplement and enhance our environmental protection policies,” states Alan Haldenby, Director of Planning with the City of Colwood)

Develop with Care 2012 features information on ‘green’ alternatives to typical urban development. In so doing, this guidance document promotes ways to retain and create environmental function and resilience as communities grow. It addresses riparian protection, climate change, Environmentally Valuable Resources, terms of reference for conducting biological inventories, checklists for streamlining review processes, and much more.

To download Develop with Care 2012, follow this link:

The Province has also published a brochure to communicate the key messages in Develop with Care 2012. To download a copy, click here.


Implementing Provincial Policy

Develop with Care 2012 is an implementation tool for the Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives. These initiatives provide an over-arching provincial policy framework that establishes expectations about how land will be developed and water will be used in BC.

Nested within “Develop with Care 2012” is the Beyond the Guidebook initiative which is building on the technical foundation created a decade ago when the Province and Environment Canada jointly released Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia.


To Learn More:

Click on Land and Water Stewardship: Beyond the Guidebook Initiative Will Help Achieve “Develop with Care 2012” Outcomes.



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