Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force Report

Connecticut’s Shoreline Preservation Task Force was formed in February 2012 to address the impact of climate change on shoreline communities, and specifically to make legislative recommendations to manage storm impacts on shoreline homeowners and businesses.

This report is the result of studying the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, and extreme weather events on Connecticut's shoreline communities, and provides suggestions for coastal resiliency, as well as prevention measures necessary to reduce the impact of future storms.

With this report, the task force issued a wide range of recommendations regarding the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), coastal structures, municipalities and land use, insurance and real estate, climate change and sea level rise, among others.

Some of the key themes in the recommendations are:

Providing incentives, including financial incentives, to municipalities to plan more proactively for sea level rise and financial assistance for acquiring land for assisting with flood control.

Requiring local Plans of Conservation and Development and local zoning codes to incorporate the issues surrounding sea level rise, to ensure municipal authority to factor these in when making decisions on new permit applications.

Requiring DEEP to improve its (1) communication with and guidance to property owners; (2) response and permit approval process for reacting after an event; and, (3) collaboration with municipalities.

Highlighting the need for DEEP to enforce current regulations regarding coastal structures. Encouraging shoreline neighborhoods to “work together to create solutions that work for the greatest number...rather than merely allowing individual property owners to take actions that could harm their neighbors."




Publication Date: Janaury 14, 2013

Related Organizations:

  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)


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Resource Types:

  • Legal Analysis
  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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