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plaNorfolk 2030 - Norfolk, Virginia

March 26, 2013

In 2013, Norfolk, Virginia updated its general plan by adopting plaNorfolk 2030. Among other items, plaNorfolk 2030 accounts for the city’s increased awareness of environmental vulnerabilities caused by sea-level rise, in conjunction with soil subsidence, and how flooding risks can be mitigated through land use planning. The plan informed the Norfolk 2100 plan, adopted in 2016, and the city’s updated zoning ordinance in 2018, which aims to enhance floodplain and coastal resiliency and incentive development in upland areas.

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Resilient Coastal Development Through Land Use Planning: Tools and Management Techniques in the Gulf of Mexico

April 11, 2013

This toolkit identifies ways to strengthen community resilience through land use planning, focusing specifically on options for the Gulf Coast and the unique considerations related to state laws. The resource also discusses the side benefits of resiliency, like participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a preferred score on the Community Rating System to achieve discounts on flood insurance premiums in qualifying communities.

Author or Affiliated User: Niki L. Pace

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers (GAO-13-242)

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine issues related to infrastructure decision making and climate change. The performance audit was conducted from October 2011 to April 2013.

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Case Studies in Floodplain Regulation

May 2013

This Georgetown Law student report highlights the efforts of two communities to strengthen regulations after catastrophic flood events: Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Waveland, Mississippi. These case studies discuss the regulatory reforms the communities implemented and the lessons that can be learned from their experience.

Author or Affiliated User: Emily Maus

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Coastal Climate Resilience: Designing for Flood Risk

June 2013

Designing for Flood Risk provides key design principles to guide flood resistant construction in urban areas. Recommendations are given for regulations and individual project design to incorporate the distinct needs of higher-density urban environments in the design of new buildings in flood zones. This report has also identified several key proposed changes to New York City’s zoning that will promote practical, flood-resistant buildings that may differ from earlier, less resilient construction, but are sensitive to the existing context and heritage of neighborhoods.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Regional Green Infrastructure Plan

June 2013

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has established a 2035 Vision for “zero basement backups, zero overflows, and improved water quality. ” To achieve these goals, MMSD has transformed its approach to managing stormwater by utilizing green infrastructure technologies in its urban watershed management plan. By implementing widespread use of green infrastructure (GI) to complement the region’s grey infrastructure, the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan documents how to meet the 2035 goal by capturing the first 0.

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Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut 2013-2018

June 5, 2013

In Connecticut, state agency actions for the acquisition and development of land and public infrastructure equipment and facilities in excess of $200,000 must be consistent with the state’s Conservation and Development (C&D) Plan (Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 297, Section 16a-31). The plan includes six Growth Management Principles that promote smart growth through: higher density, mixed income housing; transit oriented development; conserving natural, cultural, and historical resources; protecting public health and safety assets; and integrated planning across the state, regional, and local levels.

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Homeowners' Insurance Changes in Coastal Virginia: Causes and consequences for shoreline communities

July 2013

This study reviews the extent to which the private insurance industry may influence adaptation to climate change along Virginia’s tidal shoreline through homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is becoming more costly along the Atlantic Coast and coverage is changing, especially for wind damage. This year-long study by Wetlands Watch explored the private sector perceptions on sea level rise and climate adaptation, examines the specific drivers behind increasing insurance rates, and provides plausible adaptive actions in response to these increasing rates.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shannon Hulst

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Urban Climate Adaptation - From Risk Barriers to Results - Managing the Social, Political, Environmental and Financial Risks of Urban Infrastructure: A Resource Guide for Local Leaders

August 2013

The Urban Climate Adaptation Resource Guide represents a synthesis of information selected for the local leaders participating in the Institute for Sustainable Communities Climate Leadership Academy on Urban Climate Adaptation and Infrastructure, held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2013. The Resource Guide is designed to help practitioners in cities and metropolitan areas resolve local challenges related to climate adaptation and urban resilience, by showcasing promising practices and by providing efficient access to some of the very best information and resources available.

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Building Resilience in Boston: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Existing Buildings

August 7, 2013

This report was prepared for the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Climate Preparedness Working Group, and discusses how to better incorporate climate change, preparedness, and resiliency into Boston’s building practices. The report addresses Boston’s population and built environment and, specifically, their vulnerabilities such as variations in the age and construction of the city’s building stock and the populous communities built on infill land and in other low-lying areas.

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