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Beaubassin-est, New Brunswick: Planning coastal development over 100 years

Created: 2/12/2017 - Updated: 4/16/2019

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Beaubassin-est, New Brunswick is located on the eastern coast of Canada in the Northumberland Strait. In 2011, the Beaubassin-est Rural Community Council adopted by-law 09-1B, modifying the Community Planning Act to establish a sea level rise risk zone (SLR zone). It specifies using the precautionary principle to achieve sustainable (defined as lasting 100 years) coastal development in a changing climate, rather than an extensive inventory and analysis to support the need for the zoning change. The policy states that only developments that “demonstrate an adaptation to the effects of the rise of sea levels and storm surges in flood-risk zones” will be permitted.


Gregg, R.M. 2017. Beaubassin-est, New Brunswick: Planning coastal development over 100 years. Summary of a project of Beaubassin-est. Retrieved from CAKE: (Last updated February 2017)

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Beaubassin East is a Canadian Rural Community in Westmorland County, New Brunswick


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