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Climate Resilience Studies

Overview | East New York | Bronx Metro-North | Climate Resilience

The Department of City Planning has produced two studies to help New York City and other urban waterfront communities to improve their resilience to coastal flood risks and promote livable, sustainable neighborhoods. Both reports were announced by City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden on June 18th, 2013.

“While New York City is unique in many respects, the challenges we face are shared by numerous communities in the region, as well as elsewhere around the world. These studies illustrate that we can increase the resilience of coastal cities while transforming urban waterfronts in ways that make cities not only safer, but also more vibrant, healthy, and prosperous.” –Amanda M. Burden, FAICP

Designing for Flood Risks Designing for Flood Risk identifies key principles to guide the design of new buildings in flood zones to promote 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.

Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies provides a systematic assessment of the coastal flood hazards that face 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.

The two studies, begun prior to Hurricane Sandy, were funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant to the New York - Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium. These studies support the six Livability Principles of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and complement the rest of the consortium’s work program, which seeks to promote transit-oriented development along the regional transit network, much of which is located within or near the coastal area.

Both studies informed A Stronger, More Resilient New York, the report of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), released on June 11, 2013, shaping the analysis and recommendations for coastal protection and providing urban design principles to guide the implementation of recommendations for buildings.

For more information on the Sustainable Communities Climate Resilience Studies, please email SC_CLIMATE_DL@planning.nyc.gov. For more information on climate resilience, visit DCP’s Climate Resilience page.













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