Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

The guide is organized into four main sections, each of which describes what Virginia is already doing, lessons from other jurisdictions, relevant federal and state legislation, and other best practices. 

Planning - provides guidelines for comprehensive plans, green infrastructure plans, transportation planning, hazard mitigation planning, and capital improvement planning.

Regulatory - reviews zoning laws, freeboard requirements, floodplain management, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, building codes, and stormwater management. 

Open Space Preservation - provides guidance on property acquisition, easements, land use value assessment, transfer of development rights, and purchase of development rights. 

Construction - covers design standards, hard and soft armoring, beach replenishment, property acquisition, and structure elevation.

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  • March 24, 2017
    Jessica Grannis, Coastal Resilience Director at National Audubon Society

    Really great resource tailored for Virginia localities - with specific case studies and excerpts of code language that can be cut and pasted into a jurisdictions ordinances. Well organized and highly usable with clear icons to help users navigate the document. Well done Skip Stiles and team!