Achieving Hazard Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth (NOAA/EPA, 2012)
The report done by NOAA and the EPA is based off of a two-day roundtable held in August 2011, focusing on smart growth, hazard mitigation, climate change adaptation, and coastal management. Key areas discussed: opportunities and challenges; siting and design; plans and policies; engagement, communication and education; gaps and needs.
Adaptation Action Areas: Policy Options for Adaptive Planning for Seal Level Rise & Adaptation Action Areas: A Planning Guidebook for Florida’s Local Governments
These resources provide guidance for Florida’s coastal communities on the benefits of incorporating adaptation strategies into local planning policies and programs. These documents provide details of planning tools communities can implement through the designation of adaptation action areas (AAAs), as well as guidance on how to amend current planning documents to implement adaptation strategies.
Adaptation Planning in Florida (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity)
An overview of the current situation regarding adaptation planning in Florida that provides a summary of what adaptation planning is followed by impacts of sea level rise, adaptation planning strategies, before tying adaptation in with community resiliency and hazard mitigation. Official language from the adaptation action areas policies are provided as well.
After Sandy- Advancing Strategies for Long-term Resilience and Adaptability (Urban Land Institute, July 2013)
The report was created by a panel of 25 professionals gathered by ULI to outline recommendations on a variety of tools to address long-term resilience and adaptability of the Mid-Atlantic Region (focusing on NY/NJ) following Hurricane Sandy. The report addresses topics such as land use and development; infrastructure, technology and capacity; finance, investment, and insurance; and leadership and governance.
Building Capacity for Economic Recovery and Preparedness in Polk County, Florida (International Economic Development Council)
In 2004 Polk County was devastated by three hurricanes over the course of three months. The county received the second highest amount of disaster aid in the state from FEMA at slightly more than $71 million, while there were $1.2 billion in damages. The report discusses methods to facilitate economic recovery following events such as this through business recovery programs, communication, emergency financing, etc.
Building Resilience against Climate Effects-A Novel Framework to Facilitate Climate Readiness in Public Health Agencies
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed this framework to assist agencies in using the best available science to project climate change health impacts and prioritize interventions and risk management strategies.
Coastal Hazards and Smart Growth & Using Smart Growth to Adapt to Climate Change
These two reports explain how smart growth regulations and green building principles can help communities adapt to climate change impacts including; flooding, sea level rise, extreme heat, drought, and wildfire.
Coastal Zone Management PAS Report
Coastal Zone Management was authored by two planners and published in 2016. This report addresses the issues facing coastal management and “gives planners the tools they need to keep their heads above the water and their feet on the ground.” Issues explored include; water quality, erosion, habitat conservation, stormwater management, development and redevelopment, offshore energy development, and new geospatial technologies.
Economic Resilience to Disasters (Community & Regional Resilience Institute, November 2009)
This report explains how economic resilience has evolved into an important concept by using literature on economic resilience and how it can be expanded in related fields. It also discusses the many dimensions of resilience.
Hazard Mitigation- Integrating Best Practices into Planning (American Planning Association, 2010)
A report that uses 6 case studies from across the country to provide the framework for understanding the role of planning in hazard mitigation.
High and Dry on the Waterfront
This article discusses how coastal communities are reforming development regulations to maintain the attractions of the urban shoreline while protecting those areas from coastal storms and flooding.
How Cities Use Parks for Climate Change Management
This report explains the benefits or urban parks in mitigating and minimizing the effects of urban heat islands.
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy-Stronger Communities, A Resilient Region (Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, August 2013)
Prepared by the task force appointed by President Obama, this report establishes guidelines for the investment of the Federal funds made available for recovery and sets the region on the path to being built back smarter and stronger with several outcomes in mind. The objectives and recommendations provide innovative strategies that can help the Sandy-affected region rebuild, as well as provide an example for other communities around the country and world that face similar risks from extreme weather.
Improving the Resilience of a Municipal Water Utility Against the Likely Impacts of Climate Change: A Case Study of City of Pompano Beach Water Utility
This FAU report discusses the findings of its study of Pompano Beach’s water utility.
Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation
This updated guidebook assists planners in confronting unpredictable events and natural disasters by providing the latest policies and procedures. The updated manual offers explanations of the benefits and limitations of planning for these events.
Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning- Addressing Adaptation During Long-term Recovery Review of Florida Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plans (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity)
This addendum focuses on Palm Beach County, FL as a pilot for the redevelopment planning process to showcase a range of adaptation strategies, which can be employed in the post-disaster environment to enhance community sustainability and resilience. Guidance is provided on how to assess existing plans, policies, and programs, before exploring a range of policy recommendations that can address sea level rise impacts within the post-disaster redevelopment planning process.
Preparing for a Sea Change in Florida
Conducted by the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, this report presents Florida policy makers with recommendations on preparing for and confronting the impacts of sea level rise, extreme weather events, and ocean acidification.
Promoting Flood Resiliency Through the Regulatory Process
This article explains how communities can use development regulations to ensure that fewer vulnerable structures are built in flood-prone areas.
Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change
This report presents ways local governments can prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building codes and policies.
Southeast Florida’s Resilient Water Resources: Adaptation to Sea Level Rise and Other Impacts of Climate Change
This FAU study discusses the impact of climate change on Southeast Florida’s water resources and offers guidance and policy recommendations for protecting these resources.
Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning (Nature Serve, March 2013)
The guide is a compilation of tools that are integral for coastal and climate adaptation planning. Within the guide there are recommendations on tool selection and other steps in the process, and these are highlighted within case studies.
Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida
This document is meant to assist Southeast Florida communities in developing informed adaptation and resiliency strategies.
USACE Climate Change Adaptation-Coastal Risk Reduction and Resilience: Using the Full Array of Measures
This report discusses the capabilities of USACE in helping reduce risks to coastal areas and improve resilience to coastal hazards through an integrated planning approach. The document includes nature-based features, nonstructural measures, and structural measures for coastal resilience.
Weathering The Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, July 2013)
This report provides an in-depth look at the ways multinational companies are beginning to assess and address the risks of extreme weather and other climate change impacts. The companies examined play strategic roles in the global economy in a wide range of sectors including banking and financial services, consumer goods, healthcare, information communications, manufacturing, and materials. The report is based on two complementary lines of research: (1) A comprehensive review of the perspectives and activities of companies listed in the Standard & Poors (S&P) Global 100 Index, based on their reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project and in their corporate sustainability reports and annual financial filings; and (2) In-depth case studies of the practices and experiences of six companies in diverse sectors; American Water, Bayer, The Hartford Group, National Grid, Rio Tinto and Weyerhaeuser.
APA TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS: PAS REPORTS, MEMOs & QUICK NOTES; ZONING PRACTICE
(NOTE: these are now available to all APA members upon logging in online)
- Accounting for Flood Hazards in the Subdivision Approval Process (Zoning Practice)
- SUMMARY: The article draws on a forthcoming PAS report to highlight specific areas of concern for updating subdivision standards and review processes to improve the management of flood risk.
- Coastal Zone Management (PAS 581)
- SUMMARY: The report gives planners the tools they need to keep their heads above water and their feet on the ground. Chapters cover the broad expanse of coastal activities and uses, from preservation to recreation, tourism to transportation, industry to infrastructure. Specialists explore essential issues such as water quality, erosion, habitat conservation, stormwater management, responsible development and redevelopment, offshore energy development, and the promise — and limitations — of new geospatial technologies. Case studies show proven strategies at work in cities from Boston to Biloxi. Written by planners for planners, Coastal Zone Management will help communities break the cycle of damage-rebuild-damage and find the equilibrium between environmental protection, economic rewards, and social equity.
- Coastal Hazards and Smart Growth (Zoning Practice)
- SUMMARY: The article explains how smart growth principles embodied by places such as the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Strand in Galveston can support resilience to coastal hazards.
- Getting Ready for the Rain: Urban Flooding & Planning for Community Resilience (PAS Memo)
- SUMMARY: The article explains why and how urban flooding occurs, details its impacts on communities, and provides an introduction to community resilience planning to address this issue. It closes with a list of broader tips for planners on how to best address this issue in their communities.
- Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning (PAS 560)
- SUMMARY: The report, prepared by APA and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), seeks to close the gap that often exists between hazard mitigation planning and other local planning and regulatory land-use processes. It introduces hazard mitigation as a vital area of practice for planners; provides guidance on how to integrate hazard mitigation strategies into comprehensive, area, and functional plans; and shows where hazard mitigation can fit into zoning and subdivision codes. A Safe Growth Audit allows planners to evaluate their communities’ plans and regulations, and case studies show how localities large and small are successfully addressing these issues. The report closes with recommendations to help planners move ahead with introducing hazard mitigation into local planning processes.
- High and Dry on the Waterfront (Zoning Practice)
- SUMMARY: The article discusses how coastal communities, such as New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey, are reforming development regulations to maintain the attractions of the urban shoreline while adequately protecting those areas from coastal storms and flooding.
- Limiting Wildfire Risk Through Land-Use Controls (Zoning Practice)
- SUMMARY: The article provides an overview of land-use tools planners can use to minimize wildfire risk in their communities.
- Planning and Drought (PAS 574)
- SUMMARY: The report helps planners, public agencies, and local officials see the crisis on the horizon and get ready to meet it. This resourceful guide connects the dots between drought and land-use planning, water management, public health, and the local economy. The field’s top researchers show how drought leaves communities vulnerable to wildfires, soil erosion, air pollution, and more. Experts with hands-on experience share checklists, case studies, and the pros and cons of various approaches to drought planning.
- Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576)
- SUMMARY: The report offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits — and limitations — of planning for unpredictable events. Case studies from big cities and smaller towns show what it takes to come back stronger from a natural disaster.
- Planning for Wildfires (PAS 529/530)
- SUMMARY: The report addresses the challenges for governments and planners, who must decide whether to permit development in wildfire areas and how best to design developments that are allowed. The report explores both issues, outlining how knowledge of wildfire risks can be incorporated into comprehensive planning and identifying best practices for development in at-risk areas.
- Promoting Drought Resilience Through Plans and Codes (Zoning Practice)
- SUMMARY: The article highlights how drought mitigation plans and the codes that help implement these plans play important roles in fostering more sustainable water use and resilience to the impacts of drought.
- Promoting Flood Resiliency Through the Regulatory Process (Zoning Practice)
- SUMMARY: The article explains how communities can use development regulations to ensure that fewer vulnerable structures are built in flood-prone areas.
- Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (PAS 584)
- SUMMARY: The report is out to end the cycle of floodplain build-damage-rebuild. Editor James C. Schwab, FAICP, manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center, gives communities sound guidance to bring subdivision design into line with the best of floodplain planning. Six planning and design principles help put subdivisions on the right footing. Standards for review, inspection, and maintenance cover all types of terrain and infrastructure. And nine concrete recommendations lay out steps to keep subdivisions safe and dry. Readers will get the tools they need to save lives, protect property, and build a better future.