An integrated stormwater management plan (ISMP) is a comprehensive study that examines the linkages between drainage servicing, land use planning and environmental protection. Its purpose is to support the growth of a community in a way that maintains or, ideally, enhances the overall health of a watershed.
The Town’s first ISMP was created in 2010. In 2018, the ISMP was updated to reflect the realities of implementing some of the strategies first proposed in 2010.
Read the related Staff Report, which summarizes key changes between the 2010 ISMP and 2018 ISMP here.
On March 5, 2019, Council officially endorsed the 2018 ISMP Update – Final Report.
Since then, the Town has worked to implement a number of the Regulatory, Infrastructure and Study recommendations presented in the ISMP.
- Upgrading deficient storm sewers along Gibsons Way (completed in 2019)
- Reconstructing the outfall to existing White Tower Park stormwater pond (completed in 2019)
- Adopting a Tree Preservation Bylaw in September 2020
- Updating the Building Bylaw in October 2020
- Advancing plans to construct a new stormwater pond in White Tower Park
- Advancing plans to reclaim and restore damaged sections of Charman and Goosebird Creek
- Advance planning to address sea level rise risks (Coastal Resilience Project)
- Studying the hydrology of the Gibsons Aquifer watershed, including the Charman Lands (Source to Sea Project)
- Initiation of flow monitoring of Chaster Creek (Source to Sea Project)
- Assessing the value of the current forest cover (Urban Forest Plan)