Haz mit planning, crs, and cc 9 19 2013

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Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities
Setting the Local Context: North Kingstown, RI
September 19, 2013
Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP
Town of North Kingstown

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Haz mit planning, crs, and cc 9 19 2013

  1. 1. Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP Town of North Kingstown Setting the Local Context: North Kingstown, RI September 19, 2013
  2. 2. The Time is Now to Act: to Adapt & Mitigate
  3. 3. October 29, 2012
  4. 4. 10 Sept 2010
  5. 5. MHW, Simulation of 1’ and 3’ SLR Rising waters with tides and storms Superstorm Sandy – 4’above MHHW Spring Tide – 2010 – 1.4 MHHW
  6. 6. “SuperStorm” Sandy – Wickford Village
  7. 7. Newport Tide Gauge October 30, 2012 - 4’ above MHHW
  8. 8. “Superstorm” Sandy superimposed with sea level rise. Shows approximately 4’ above MHHW MHHW +3’ SLR MHHW +4’ SLR
  9. 9. Natural Hazards and Comprehensive Planning • Why is this important? •Storm intensity and storm damage •Flooding •Drought •Sea level rise •Impacts on the built and natural environments
  10. 10. COMP PLAN 2008 ACTION POLICY STUDY Public Process and Input COMP PLAN 2013
  11. 11. Climate Change and Comprehensive Planning • How can we plan for something that is not really happening ?  •Natural Hazards Reviewed and assessed via Hazard Mitigation Plans • Comprehensive Plan Element on Climate Change Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns Comprehensive Planning
  12. 12. How do you start to Adapt? If you had maps and information identifying vulnerable assets, what would you do with it?
  13. 13. Mapping Sea Level Rise Project Overview: Planning for Change Locate problem areas - Identify - Evaluate exposure - Communicate Develop usable tools for town/state planners Providence, RI 1938
  14. 14. Local Applications • Regulatory – zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan amendments • Hazard Mitigation Plan – incorporate and implement actions • Educate Locally - distribute information to elected officials and homeowners • Incorporate into town GIS and IMS - more accessible information • Community Rating System (CRS) impacts – achieve lower rating • Transportation – ID roads and infrastructure inundated • State of RI Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) –incorporate into future application • Capital Improvement Plan (municipal) –infrastructure improvements (i.e sewers, dams, roadways, water) • Building Code - work with RIBA and CRMC to modify code in coastal zone • Open space acquisition – ID/prioritize lands for protection, salt marsh creation
  15. 15. Thank You Jonathan Reiner, AICP jreiner@northkingstown.org 401-268-1570 http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/coast/a_hazard_theme.html

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