Getting BEAR SMART is a shared responsibility

Community Planning Documents

Revise Planning and Decision-Making Documents

Adapting Policy to Reflect a New Reality

Once the human-bear conflict management plan has been developed and adopted by your community, it’s important for the local government(s) to revise planning and other relevant decision-making documents so they are consistent with the bear management plan. This will reduce the potential for new community developments or practices to increase the risk of human-bear conflict and/or the potential displacement of bears.

These documents include such things as municipal development plans, waste management plans, regional development or growth management plans and any other plans the affect land-use zoning in the area.

For more information, refer to section 8.5 in B.C.’s Bear Smart Community Program – Background Report.