Project & Funding Details
Q: Why do we need a flood-mitigation project?
Q: What is the flood resilience project?
- City buyout of about 120 properties in the North Ruckle, South Ruckle, and Johnson Flats areas to allow for flood-protection projects;
- Helping affected residents find and relocate to replacement homes in 2019-2020;
- Building three new dikes and raising high-priority roads; and
- Restoring riparian and floodplain areas and providing erosion protection on several kilometres of rural shoreline from 2020-2023.
Q: What is the Recovery to RESILIENCE campaign?
Recovery to RESILIENCE is a community campaign designed to ensure that the communication and consultation needs of all project partners and community stakeholders are met in respectful, proactive, wand timely ways. Outreach and engagement tools include webpage updates, media releases, mailouts, and community meetings. A primary goal of the campaign is to foster the community healing needed for unity and prosperity into the future.
Q: Who is paying for the $55-million flood-recovery project?
Q: What other options were considered besides buying out properties and restoring the floodplain?
Q: What is the Contribution Agreement, and where is it at?
Q: Will the project result in increased City taxes?
- The money provided by the City for the capital program is spread over five years, and in some cases defers other capital projects so there will be no increase in taxes.
- The City’s objective is to maintain the community’s residential base and is exploring the feasibility and funding plan to service and develop lands, move houses, and partner on new developments.
Q: What else are you doing to reduce flood risk?
Land Acquisition & Property Owner Support
Q: Where is the City at regarding land acquisition from affected property owners?
Q: Was there an opportunity for property owners to have input into the buyout process?
Q: Do property owners have access to a independent professional support to help with property agreements?
Q: Do the property owners get to review the appraisal reports?
Q: If I disagree with the appraisal or buyout offer, what can I do about it?
Q: What if the property owner has capacity issues due to health or other needs and finds it difficult to understand the program?
Q: What about flood-affected property owners outside of the land-acquisition area? How are they being helped?
- Funding to protect high-priority sites
- Funding to help property owners protect their properties at site scale
- Making infrastructure and shorelines more resilient to erosion and flood risks
- Improving floodplain mapping and land-use bylaws
Pre-Flood vs. Post-Flood Property Values
Q: Will the City hold a referendum to gauge residents’ support for borrowing the funding needed to bridge the gap between pre-flood and post-flood property values?
Q: Can the City use money earmarked for floodplain restoration and infrastructure upgrades to pay the difference between pre- and post-flood property values?
Q: How were flood-affected residents involved in discussions about City buyout of their properties?
- 37% of respondents would consider moving their homes; 43% were interested in salvaging parts of their homes or other improvements;
- 10% of respondents were somewhat interested in leasing City-owned land with a long-term, low-cost agreement that pays for servicing over time, while most respondents (77%) did not favour this arrangement;
- 13% of respondents were somewhat interested in partial purchase of City land, while 70% would not consider it; and
- About 20% of respondents were somewhat to very interested in buying City land at market value, while 56% were somewhat to very much against the option.
- Most respondents were more in favour of small or standard parcels instead of apartment, duplex, or townhouse options.
- 33% want to be close to downtown; 13% want to be close to the rec centre.
- 67% said that a large personal green space is important to them; 23% said they’d need help moving their gardens.
Q: What are the project benefits for affected residential property owners
Q: What are the project benefits for affected businesses and economic revitalization?
Q: What are the project benefits for the environment?
Q: What are the project benefits for the City of Grand Forks?
Coordination & Communication
Q: Who is coordinating the project for the City?
Justin Dinsdale is the overall capital program manager; he will update the project plan and develop a detailed budget for review by Council in November. He will also hire the engineering consultants who will develop the detailed design for floodplain restoration and infrastructure upgrades and replacements.
The City’s Strategic Initiatives & Recovery Manager Graham Watt will coordinate land acquisition and community planning components of the flood recovery project. He is also the City’s project contact at 250-442-4159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where can residents go to learn more about the Recovery to RESILIENCE project?
The Resilience Centre is located at 7261 Riverside Drive. For an appointment contact Graham Watt at 250-442-4159 or email@example.com.
Q: How will the public be notified about project updates?
The public will be informed via regular webpage updates, news releases, mailouts, and community meetings.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Strategic Initiatives & Flood Recovery Manager