Zoning for Flood Resilience
You'll learn about:
How different flood risk profiles lead to different planning and zoning outcomes
Identifying types of zoning rules that conflict with flood-resilience goals
A toolbox of zoning changes to facilitate flood-resilient retrofitting of existing buildings and allow new development to proceed safely and without hindrance in flood zones
Planners from Norfolk, Va., and New York will explain how they tailored zoning regulations to reduce flood risk. As one of the East Coast cities most at risk from sea-level rise, Norfolk strives to lead the way on adaptation. Building on Vision 2100—the city’s comprehensive, long-term strategy for addressing sea-level rise—Norfolk is rewriting its zoning code to weave resilience into its land-use decisions. Among its objectives? Proposing an overlay zoning district to apply in areas at highest risk of recurrent flooding that will place stricter requirements on new development while encouraging resilient adaptations.
New York has more than 71,000 buildings in the flood zone, and 80,000 were within the area inundated by Hurricane Sandy. The city responded to the need to rebuild after the hurricane and to new FEMA flood maps by adopting new zoning rules specifically for flood zones. These new zoning rules removed regulatory obstacles to retrofitting existing buildings and facilitated the design of new buildings to these new higher standards. These new rules include modifications to height limits, yards, floor area ratio, and special exemptions from documentation requirements for older buildings.
, NYC Department of City Planning
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerNilus Klingel is a planner at the NYC Department of City Planning. He is the project manager for the department's forthcoming Flood Resilience Text Amendment, which will establish permanent zoning regulations applying throughout the city's flood hazard area.
, City of Norfolk
Confirmed SpeakerPrincipal Planner for the City of Norfolk’s Department of City Planning, in the Long Range Planning Division. Project manager for Norfolk’s ongoing Zoning Ordinance Update, a complete re-write of the city’s zoning code, and for Vision 2100, a very-long range resiliency-focused vision the city. Co-project manager for plaNorfolk2030, the 2013 update of Norfolk’s comprehensive plan. Assisted in the development and implementation of multiple neighborhood plans, plan amendments, and ordinance revisions. Prior to beginning work in Norfolk in 2008, served as an Associate Planner for Augusta County, Virginia. Helped develop Augusta’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan Update, a county-wide economic development strategy, and a small area plan for the county’s fastest-growing community. Earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech
Confirmed SpeakerChris Holme is a Senior Planner at the Department of City Planning in New York City. Since 2007, he has specialized in drafting updates and revisions to the city’s zoning regulations. He has a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Chris was Chair of the Student Representatives Council of the APA and Advisory Member of the Board of Directors in 2002.