[NYCkayaker] Fwd: City Planning Releases Two Studies to Guide Climate Resilience Efforts in Coastal Urban Areas

Erik Baard erikbaard@gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 17:30:52 EDT 2013


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From: WATERFRONT PLAN <WATERFRONTPLAN@planning.nyc.gov>
Date: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM
Subject: City Planning Releases Two Studies to Guide Climate Resilience
Efforts in Coastal Urban Areas
To: WATERFRONT PLAN <WATERFRONTPLAN@planning.nyc.gov>


Dear NYC Waterfront Stakeholder,****

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Today, the Department of City Planning released two reports to help guide
New York City and other urban waterfront communities improve their
resilience to coastal flood risks and promote livable, sustainable
neighborhoods. This work began prior to Hurricane Sandy with funding from
the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant to the New York -
Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium. Both studies informed and
complement *A Stronger, More Resilient New
York*<http://www.nyc.gov/resiliency>,
the report of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and
Resiliency (SIRR), released on June 11, 2013.****

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The first of these reports,* **Designing for Flood
Risk*<http://www.nyc.gov/designingforfloodrisk>
* *identifies key principles to guide the design of new buildings in flood
zones to facilitate construction that can not only withstand coastal flood
events, but also supports the vibrancy of the urban public realm.
Recognizing the distinct character and needs of higher-density urban
environments, the report provides recommendations for how regulations and
individual project design can incorporate these principles.  This study
provided urban design principles to guide the SIRR recommendations for
buildings and also strongly shaped the Department of City Planning’s
proposed Flood Resilience Text
Amendment,<http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/flood_resiliency/index.shtml>which
began the public land use review process on May 20, 2013.
****

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*Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies* <http://www.nyc.gov/uwas>* *provides
a systematic assessment of the coastal flood hazards that face waterfront
communities in New York City, a thorough survey of coastal protection and
adaptation strategies that may be suitable for different shoreline and
neighborhood types, and a framework for evaluating coastal protection
alternatives.  The report is intended to serve as a resource for planners,
policymakers, and communities within New York City, the region, and
elsewhere in the coastal United States. This study aided the analysis and
recommendations for coastal protection in the SIRR report.****

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Both of these studies advance the goals of *Vision
2020*,<http://www.nyc.gov/waterfront>the City’s comprehensive
waterfront plan, by seeking to increase the
resilience of our waterfront in ways that make the city not only safer, but
also more vibrant, healthy, and prosperous.****

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For more information on either of these studies, and to download a copy of
the final reports, visit our website
here<http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/sustainable_communities/sustain_com4.shtml>.
****

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