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New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 23: Landscape, Stormwater Management, and Screening

May 2015

In 2015, the New Orleans City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). Article 23 of the CZO addresses landscaping and stormwater management with the intended purpose of reducing the urban heat island effect, decreasing flooding and strains on the existing drainage system, improving water conservation, and protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Article 23 of the CZO does not directly mention climate change or climate adaptation, but does specify regulations that can improve the cities ability to manage stormwater in the face of increased precipitation and mitigate heat in the face of rising temperatures though green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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NOAA Guide to Assessing Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits for Flood Reduction

April 2015

NOAA provides communities with a six-step process to assess the costs and benefits of green infrastructure (GI) to reduce flooding in this report. Communities can use this guide to inform flood risk planning, and to assess the cost effectiveness of implementing green infrastructure projects. The primary steps and related actions provided in the guide are designed to lead a community to the implementation of a green infrastructure strategy for a given watershed. 

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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RE.invest - A Roadmap for Resilience

March 25, 2015

This report summarizes the outcomes of RE. invest, an 18-month predevelopment process with eight U. S. cities and teams of leading private sector design, engineering, law, and finance experts. The RE. invest Initiative focuses on infrastructure predevelopment - all of the activities that go into designing and planning large-scale infrastructure projects prior to construction. The framework is used to reimagine civic infrastructure systems to create both public value and private investment opportunities, especially for vulnerable communities.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Virginia SB 1443: comprehensive plan sea-level rise strategies

March 16, 2015

In March 2015, Governor McAuliffe signed Virginia legislation (SB 1443) to require all localities  in the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission region to incorporate consideration of projected sea-level rise and recurrent flooding in updates to local comprehensive plans and to develop strategies to combat risks from sea-level rise, beginning July 1, 2015.  The law directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Emergency Management, the Marine Resources Commission, Old Dominion University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to provide technical assistance to any locality in the region upon request.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Regional GreenPrint

February 5, 2015

In 2015, the Mid-South Regional Commission created the Mid-South Regional GreenPrint as a visioning document for the tri-state area of the greater Memphis region for the next 25 years. The plan envisions a regional network of green space, including connected parks and greenways, or Greenprint. The intention of the Greenprint plan is to address long-term housing and land use, resource conservation, environmental protection, accessibility, community health and wellness, transportation alternatives, economic development, neighborhood engagement, and social equity in the Greater Memphis Area.

Related Organizations: Mid-South Regional Commission

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Implications for Local Planning Practice of Policy Recommendations of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

February 2015

This white paper reviews policy recommendations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance’s 2014 state policy report in order to provide a more detailed assessment on what actions are necessary to implement the recommendation. The authors describe the current activities and additional options that local planners may use to implement each policy recommendation.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: David Kinsey

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Draft Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementing Guidelines

January 30, 2015

President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard” in 2015 creating a new national minimum flood risk management standard to ensure that federal actions that are located in or near the floodplain consider risks, changes in climate, and vulnerability. The Order anticipates increases in both climate change impacts and the intensity of those impacts over time. The Guidelines provided by FEMA are for use by Federal agencies to guide the implementation of the updated Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group

January 16, 2015

In July 2014 President Obama launched the Build America Investment Initiative to increase infrastructure investment and spur economic growth.  In January 2015, as part of that Initiative, the U. S. Treasury Department and Department of Transportation have issued a set of Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group, with a focus on expanding public-private collaboration in U. S. infrastructure development and financing. Some of the priority strategic opportunities addressed in the report include increasing infrastructure resilience where new infrastructure investments present opportunities to “increase the nation’s climate preparedness and ecosystem resilience by incorporating projected future climate conditions into their placement and design.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Climate Interactive, Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool

Climate Interactive, a “climate change think tank” has created a Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool (GIST) for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that allows for scenario testing related green infrastructure investment and future precipitation scenarios. The simulation allows users to test investments into different types of infrastructure for managing stormwater, and supports exploration of different possible future rainfall patterns, to see how investments might turn out under various future climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Climate Interactive, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minnesota Options to Increase Climate Resilience in Buildings

January 2015

In this report Georgetown Climate Center explores steps that Minnesota state agencies and the Minnesota Legislature can take to enable more building resilience to climate impacts at the local level, as well as some actions municipalities may already have authority to implement. Minnesota faces increased frequency and severity of flooding, and building and site design can either contribute to or help to mitigate the frequency and severity of this flooding.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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