A Canadian Risk-based Land-use Guide: Decision Simulations

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Abstract
Simulation exercises on decision making for development proposals in areas subject to natural hazard threats are being used to develop a risk-based land use guide. A simulation exercise at the Dr. Donald J. Rix Simulation Laboratory of the Justice Institute of BC led staff and interested parties from the City of New Westminster through a decision scenario for a development proposal in a flood plain. The scenario examined municipal needs in ensuring that a development be safe for the use intended. These needs were guided by a draft abridged risk-based land use guide that is under development by a consortium of experts in natural hazard resilience. The scenarios are being used to further develop the guide by determining the real-life needs of municipal staff.