River Road West Flood Management Strategy Conceptual Plan


In recent years, Provincial guidelines related to dikes and land use in flood hazard areas have come into effect that require dike upgrades to address dike seismic stability and local land use changes related to future climate change-induced sea level rise. Any new or redevelopment plans in this area typically require that the guidelines be followed in order to obtain the Provincial approval related to work on or adjacent a regulated dike. Hence, Delta is developing a Flood Management Strategy for River Road West and other areas of Delta in an effort to address Provincial guideline requirements and progressively reduce flood risks in Delta. Some of the initiatives include conducting geotechnical seismic investigations, studying foreshore processes in relation to sea level rise, improving foreshore erosion protection, requiring large developments to implement dike upgrades, and soliciting senior levels of government for long-term funding opportunities.

The Flood Management Strategy for River Road West will cover the area from 34th Street to Ashbury Place as illustrated in the map below.

river road west

The River Road West dike is an important corridor that protects Ladner and adjoining agricultural lands from flooding. The area encompasses Port Guichon and is a historical part of the community with developments dating back to the later part of the 1800s. The area includes a unique mix of old industrial, agricultural and residential properties of which many are located on narrow lots adjacent to and outside of Delta’s dike system. This project will strive to maintain and/or enhance the unique, vibrant, and versatile multi-use waterfront community and will include improvements such as roadway and utility upgrades, parking and property access, and a multi-use pathway. As part of developing the Flood Management Strategy, a range of dike/road improvement options will be explored.

Public Consultation

The first public open house is tentatively scheduled to occur in Spring of this year to review the upgrading ideas and options for property owners in the area. At the open house, property owners will be able to review and provide input on the suggested dike/road improvement options. In the interim, we welcome any suggestions, comments, or concerns that you would like the project team to consider.

A second public open house will be held in Fall 2020 to present a suggested conceptual option from the comments and suggestions gathered from the first open house for further commenting prior to completing the study.

Project Timeline

First Public Information Meeting – Spring 2020

Second Public Information Meeting – Fall 2020

Contact Information

For more information, please email the Engineering Department or call 604-946-3260.

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