SACKVILLE, N.B. – Town council has taken the first official step to update the community’s flood-risk map.
Council recently approved first and second reading to amend the town’s zoning bylaw to adopt a new hydrographic map, which will replace the out-of-date and less accurate mapping that is currently in place, and would see the floodplain limits expanded within the municipal boundaries.
The latest mapping, which was done as part of the Tantramar Dykelands Study, was developed over the past couple of years using LiDAR technology and identifies the areas in town considered vulnerable to floodwaters – due to both sea-level rise and/or freshwater flood events.
Sackville is believed to be the first community in New Brunswick to look at adopting such a comprehensive flood-risk map, a move that scientists and planners have been encouraging towns and cities to take in order to mitigate and prevent the impacts of climate-change related weather events.
The town held a public hearing in July to give residents an opportunity to raise any concerns or objections to the proposed new map, put forward first and second readings of the bylaw amendment during council’s August meeting, and is expected to bring forward third and final reading at the September meeting.