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Adapting to climate change through land-use planning: An investigation of policy-making in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

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Title: Adapting to climate change through land-use planning: An investigation of policy-making in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Author: Hall, Jaclyn
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Longboat, Sheri
Abstract: Changes to historical climate patterns have significant economic, social and environmental consequences for communities within the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Recognizing that the effects of climate change are already being experienced and will continue, communities must find ways to adapt in order to mitigate risks and vulnerabilities. In Ontario, the Provincial Government has identified public policy objectives to address climate change through land-use planning through recent amendments to provincial land-use planning policies. Given this new requirement, this research investigates the relationship between land-use planning and climate change adaptation through an examination of policy-making processes, and a targeted review of policy dynamics and instruments, at the local municipal level in the GGH. A review of available literature is used to identify emerging concepts related to policy-making which is applied to a case study analysis of two municipalities in the GGH, the Town of Oakville and the City of Barrie. Based on the analysis, recommendations are made to the Provincial Government to assist local government policy-makers and planners in developing land-use planning policies that address climate change adaptation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15963
Date: 2018
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