N.B. Green Partly leader: flood plain rules don't go far enough

The leader of the New Brunswick Green Party says the government's plans to require future changes to properties close to waterways is a step forward but needs to go further.

The province announced yesterday it will require people to submit plans that include flood mitigation conditions before permits will be issued under the Watercourse and Wetland Alteration regulation.

But David Coon says it's highly questionable any renovation or removal of vegetation should be occurring within 30 metres of the water.

He's also looking for more action on preventing future development in flood plains, and government measures that will encourage people to move further away from waters likely to rise due to climate change.