Project: Climate Ready County Court

Climate Ready County Court is a neighbourhood-scale vulnerability assessment and adaption plan co-created by residents and stakeholders to prepare for local climate change impacts and set the stage for collaborative action.

woman writing her experience with extreme weather on a white banner filled with other peoples comments
During the 2018 County Court Neighbourhood Festival, the SNAP Team asked residents: “How do extreme weather events, ice storms, and heavy rainfall affect you, your family, and your home?”

About the Plan

Building on the strength of the County Court SNAP, Climate Ready County Court is one of the first vulnerability assessment and adaptation plans to be done at the neighbourhood scale in Canada.

Climate Ready County Court seeks to create understanding of local climate-related risks and vulnerabilities, and to identify adaptation strategies to avoid or mitigate potential impacts

The plan addresses short-term and long-term resilience by pulling together strategies for built and natural infrastructure, as well as emergency preparedness and community resilience.

The plan sets the stage for collaborative efforts to drive actions on climate change adaptation within the County Court neighbourhood, as well as in City of Brampton and across Region of Peel.

Residents providing feedback at County Court Festival 2018
County Court residents provide feedback about the impact of extreme weather events on their homes and families.

The Key Objectives

  • To combine local knowledge with broader City of Brampton and Region of Peel vulnerability assessments and sector-based studies
  • To create a personal connection to local climate futures and create a shared plan using creative, inspiring, and future-oriented activities
  • To support capacity-building among local residents and the County Court Neighbourhood Association (CCNA)
  • To inform the final stages of SNAP implementation and refinement of municipal implementation priorities
  • To serve as a framework to support neighbourhood-based adaptation planning as a component of TRCA’s SNAP program and beyond

The Process and Timeline

PHASE 1 Fall 2018 to Winter 2019 SYSTEM CHARACTERIZATION

  • Compilation of municipal-scale vulnerability assessments
  • Identification of local assets and perceptions of risk

(Broad stakeholder input solicited)

PHASE 2 Spring 2019 ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE IMPACT AND VULNERABILITY FACTORS

  • Technical review
  • Mapping
PHASE 3 Summer 2019 DEVELOPMENT OF ADAPTATION STRATEGIES & PROJECTS

  • Framework
  • Engagement
  • Synthesis

(Broad stakeholder input solicited)

PHASE 4 Fall 2019 EVALUATION AND FINAL REPORT

  • Vulnerability reduction potential of retrofits
  • Implementation directions
  • Transfer of neighbourhood model
Climate Ready County Court event participants laughing around circular tables
3 hands pointing and writing on a map of county court with sticky notes on it
group of participants sitting around a large map of county court neighbourhood and making notes on the map
woman at Climate Ready County Court event speaking to 3 other people at her table

What Are the Local Risks and Vulnerabilities?

  1. Increasing Heat Stress: Most of the County Court neighbourhood is vulnerable to the urban heat island effect, particularly areas with paved surfaces.
  2. Low Tree Canopy Coverage: The County Court neighbourhood has a large variety of natural spaces, but tree canopy is limited. In addition, a lack of tree diversity creates higher risk of tree canopy loss through pest infestation or natural disaster. Improving the neighbourhood tree canopy can help mediate some of the impacts of climate change.
  3. Risk to Homes: Extreme wind events may cause physical damage to homes in the future. Increased use of air conditioning may also lead to more frequent power outages.
  4. Lack of Awareness: Residents in the County Court neighbourhood would benefit from increased awareness around climate change and emergency preparedness activities.
  5. Communication Barriers: With a small but significant percentage of non-English-speaking residents (approximately 4-8%), as well as a sizeable number of seniors and people living alone, communication can be difficult.
  6. Increasing Isolation: Isolated pockets within the neighbourhood may become further isolated during extreme weather events and must shelter in place.
  7. Limited Mobility: Limited trails and pathways around the eastern portion of the neighbourhood may cause additional isolation for residents in that area.

What Are the Key Adaptation Strategies?

  1. Splash pads and water fountains
  2. Public tree planting and shade structures
  3. Central hubs and gathering areas
  4. Know your neighbour program
  5. Neighbourhood emergency plan
  6. Consider integrating designated heating/cooling
  7. Integrated design of public realm
  8. Consider establishing a multi-unit residential community
  9. Leverage existing groups to increase engagement
  10. Consider using faith-based programming
  11. Energy conservation measures
  12. Developing a climate resiliency checklist
  13. Green roofs and white roofs

Creating Adaptation Designs

To complement the final adaptation strategies, the project team created a set of adaptation designs to help visualize what these opportunities may look like, and to showcase the co-benefits and synergies in the landscape.

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Do you live or work in this neighbourhood? Get involved!

Be a part of the movement to implement the County Court neighbourhood climate adaptation strategies. We are looking for residents, organizations and businesses to help lead implementation. To get involved please contact:

Courtney den Elzen
Coordinator, Sustainable Neighbourhoods
T: (416) 661-6600 ext. 5555
C: (416) 669-2329
E: Courtney.denElzen@trca.on.ca