Landslide

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Imagine buying a brand new home and finding out it was built on area susceptible to landslides. The following map indicates areas that could be potential targets for landslides in red. Some of these areas appear to be in the area where there is proposed development.

Shouldn’t someone do an analysis to see if it is safe to build there? What about flooding? When you’re building on wetlands isn’t there a risk of flooding? Guess we will find out afterwards, assuming there is development here. Buyer beware. Caveat Emptor.

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Actually, it’s required by law for the municipality to ensure that it is indeed safe:

PROTECTION REGARDING RIVERBANKS AND LAKESHORES, LITTORAL ZONES AND FLOODPLAINS (S, 5,4)
The regional county municipalities must identify the zones where occupation of the ground is subject to specific restrictions because of the risks to public health, safety and well being and for the environmental protection of the hydrology and wetlands.

So what happens if we build and someone dies in a landslide or the house is damaged or destroyed. I guess the city would get their ass sued. But who cares, the taxpayers will absorb the legal fees.

Read the document here.