The Regional District is authorized under the Local Government Act to designate land as a floodplain. Once an area is designated as a floodplain, construction within that area can be required to meet specific elevation and setback requirements. Regional District Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 1878, 2020 was established to reduce or prevent injury or the loss of life, and to minimize property damage, during flood events.
Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 1878, 2020
- Bulkley & Telkwa Rivers - Smithers to Telkwa, Drawing No. 84-68-1 to 84-68-8
- Bulkley River - Quick to Houston, Drawing No. 96-10-1 to 6
- Bulkley River - Quick Area, Drawing No. 86-23-1 to 4
- Stuart River and Lake - Fort St. James, Drawing No. 89-42-1 to 7
- Ebenezer Flats near Smithers 200 Year Flood Map
The floodplain mapping used by the Regional District was developed through a joint initiative of the provincial and federal governments. These maps are available from the BC Ministry of Environment Water Stewardship Division.
For Information on how to prepare for a flooding emergency or for information during a flooding event see RDBN Protective Services.
Landslides and Erosion
Some areas of the Regional District are prone to hazards such as land instability and erosion. Where significant incidences of these hazards have been identified, there have subsequently been geotechnical studies commissioned to determine the scope and severity of the hazard.
Erosion from running water or wave action can cause serious property and building damage. Protect shorelines by retaining or replanting native riparian vegetation or consult an expert.If you suspect that your property may be affected by a land instability hazard, consider hiring a geotechnical engineer to evaluate the site, especially prior to any significant building or landscaping projects. It is critical to manage these hazards through appropriate site investigation, good building practices and professional input.
If a hazard is suspected through the course of a Regional District land use application, you may be required to obtain a geotechnical report evaluating the potential hazard.
The purpose of this document is to provide assistance to engineers, geoscientists, property owners and developers relating to the submission of reports and assessments for flood related and landslide hazards. The reports are typically required at the time of rezoning, or building permit application, to aid in the evaluation of a properties suitability for a certain use or development.