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John Charles

City of Halifax
Planner, Energy & Environment,
John Charles is a planner with Energy and Environment, a division of the Planning and Development Department at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). His work is focused on the development of environmental planning strategies and master plans for HRM. John is presently project manager for the implementation of the HRM Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP). The implementation of the UFMP is a collaborative effort between Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) and HRM. John is actively engaged with Dalhousie students pursuing graduate and post-graduate studies in environmental science and environmental planning. He holds an appointment in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie as adjunct faculty at SRES.

Prior to his current assignment John served as a planner with HRM Real Property Planning and before that, as an environmental planner and policy analyst with HRM Regional Planning during the development of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS). John contributed to climate change and adaptation research for the RMPS. On September 29, 2003, Hurricane Juan made landfall in Halifax Harbour, causing over $300 million in damage. At that time a key concern was the impact to shoreline communities and the working waterfronts of Halifax Harbour. HRM responded with a long term research project on the projected impacts of sea level rise and storm surge. As the project manager, John has worked with an interdisciplinary and intergovernmental research team to establish a predictive GIS model of the Harbour to assess the vulnerability of coastal properties and develop appropriate land use policy responses. John’s graduate research at Dalhousie’s School of Planning focused on opportunities for municipalities in Canada to adopt planning approaches based on the principals of integrated coastal management (ICM) as outlined in Canada’s Oceans Act.