Coastal planning

Responsible coastal planning for long-term sustainability

Archipelago Marine Research can help you identify and address sustainable-development priorities for your residential, commercial, or industrial development project. With nearly 40 years experience serving British Columbia coastal communities, the team at Archipelago brings a practical perspective to all applications; finding the balance between development, community, and marine habitat needs. Archipelago’s varied coastal planning portfolio includes residential properties, marine terminals, industrial export facilities, naval berths, ports, and harbours. To learn more about how Archipelago can help you, contact us.

Coastal planning services:

  • Coastal stewardship guidelines and resources
  • Habitat sensitivity analysis
  • Identification and mapping of sensitive marine areas
  • Assistance with regional planning for coastal activities
  • Sustainable shore design, restoration, and enhancement (applying the GreenShores approach)

Case studies

Coastal planning represents an increasingly critical aspect of a balanced environmental management strategy. Visit the portfolio for examples of coastal planning and other Archipelago services, or check out the examples below.

Marine significant areas

Between 1999 and 2007, Archipelago was involved in identifying marine significant areas throughout British Columbia. A framework was identified from which Archipelago could develop a planning and decision support tool to assist in the identification and mapping of MSAs…

Shoreline rehabilitation

Shoreline rehabilitation

From 2007 to 2008, Archipelago provided key input on the design and implementation for shoreline rehabilitation on the Dockside Green development: a mixed–use community in Victoria, British Columbia noted for its strict adherence to the principles of green building and sustainable design…

Oil spill response

Oil spill response

Coastal and estuarine wetlands are particularly sensitive to oil spill impact and cleanup. Upon identifying the need to improve oil spill response planning for British Columbia’s coastal wetlands, Environment Canada invited Archipelago Marine Research to explore the matter further…

Seawall erosion

When the City of Victoria moved to halt seawall erosion and re-nourish the beach along the historic Ross Bay waterfront, Archipelago joined the project to help minimize any impact from construction, and assess the adoption of habitat above and below the tide line