Designing for Flood Risk:
Key design principles to guide flood resistant construction in urban areas
This report identifies key design principles to guide flood-resistant construction in urban area. It provides an overview of regulatory requirements for construction in flood zones under the National Flood Insurance Program, and explores the impacts of flood-resistant construction standards on built form and the creation of a vibrant streetscape and public realm. The report also lays out recommendations for how zoning can incorporate these principles to enable more versatile and desirable design solutions for flood-resistant construction.
Designing for Flood Risk strongly shaped the Department’s proposed Flood Resilience Text Amendment, which would enable buildings to be constructed and retrofitted for flood resilience based on the latest flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), while mitigating the potential negative effects of elevated buildings on ground-floor activity and quality of the streetscape. This proposal began the public land use review process on May 20, 2013.
The study's urban design principles have also been incorporated within A Stronger, More Resilient New York, the report of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), released on June 11, 2013.