Research

Kristin Patten talks about how new partnerships could ease Vancouver housing crunch

For hundreds of Vancouver families, an affordable rental suite in the city will be within reach in just two years’ time. The Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation, a public-social sector partnership, is building 358 rental units across the city that will rent for an average of 25 per cent below market value when completed by 2018.

New townhomes and one to three-bedroom apartments will be constructed at sites on Kingsway, Southeast Marine Drive and East Kent Avenue South. Groundbreaking is expected in September.

Jordi Honey-Roses Releases New Book on Barcelona's Drinking Water Supply

The book Rivers of Salt, co-authored by SCARP faculty member Jordi Honey-Rosés, was presented to the public on July 13th, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Rivers of Salt is an environmental history of the Llobregat and Cardener Rivers in the Spanish region of Catalonia. These rivers provide a large share of the drinking water for the capital city of Barcelona and the surrounding metropolitan region.

 

New Housing Survey Generates Headlines

SCARP Director, Penny Gurstein is quoted in a recent Vancouver Province news story about a UBC survey of Metro Vancouver residents and their experience with housing. The survey shows that one in six respondents believe they have been discriminated against by landlords and many report dissatisfaction with the region’s unaffordability. Dr. Gurstein said the goal of the survey was to identify vulnerabilities in the region’s housing system and generate new policy ideas.

UBC's Map of Knowledge

Can we redraw UBC based on people intellectual interactions?

A university builds upon its people but sparkles with the interactions among them. This project aims to survey the intellectual interactions at UBC and construct UBC's Map of Knowledge.

Multilevel Governance of Flood Hazards: Municipal Flood Bylaws in British Columbia, Canada

Municipal governments are often reluctant to voluntarily adopt land use plans and bylaws that can help reduce losses from natural hazards. After major floods inspired the federal government of Canada and provincial government of British Columbia (B.C.) to mandate and monitor flood risk management activities in B.C. municipalities, the senior governments “downloaded” responsibility for risk management back to municipalities in 2003-2004. The provincial government simultaneously published a set of guidelines for municipalities to follow in developing flood bylaws.

Municipal Flood Hazard Mapping: The Case of British Columbia, Canada

Historical responses to flood hazards have stimulated development in hazardous areas. Scholars recommend an alternative approach to reducing flood losses that combines flood hazard mapping with land use planning to identify and direct development away from flood-prone areas. Creating flood hazard maps to inform municipal land use planning is an expensive and complex process that can require resources not always available at the municipal government level.

Are We Planning Effectively For Climate Change? An Evaluation of Official Community Plans in British Columbia

Mounting evidence of global climate change encourages planning responses that seek to mitigate change and to adapt to changes considered to be inevitable. The province of British Columbia recently mandated that municipal official community plans (OCPs) contain targets and policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The authors use content analysis to evaluate mitigation and adaptation content in 39 OCPs, and find that 25 of the OCPs explicitly address climate change, and that the OCPs are stronger with respect to goals and policies than to fact base and implementation provisions.

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