Integrating Coastal Resilience into Local Plans, Policies and Ordinances

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10 a.m. - noon EDT

Chesapeake, VA, United States

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Rising sea levels and land subsidence make Hampton Roads one of the most vulnerable regions in the United States to flooding and storm surge. Counties and independent cities in Virginia have primary responsibility for planning for coastal hazards. While many localities have incorporated efforts to mitigate these hazards into their local policies, considerable room for improvement exists, particularly in better integrating local hazard mitigation plans and policies, including Community Rating System programs, with local comprehensive and other land use plans. As part of its mission to provide technical assistance to its local government members, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, in partnership with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, is researching best practices and working with its local government members and other stakeholders to develop a set of recommendations and best practices to better integrate hazard mitigation and land use planning. This workshop will educate local planners on the state of local policies in Virginia and discuss various steps that localities can take to increase community resilience in the face of coastal hazards such as tidal flooding, coastal storms, erosion, and sea level rise.

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Benjamin McFarlane, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Ben McFarlane, AICP, CFM, is a Senior Regional Planner for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the regional planning organization for southeastern Virginia. Mr. McFarlane has been with the HRPDC for over nine years, working primarily on the Commission’s coastal zone management efforts. He is the lead planner for ... Read More

Jill Sunderland

Confirmed Speaker

Jill Sunderland is an environmental professional with 15 years of experience. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Environmental Science, both from Virginia Tech. She has worked in local government on environmental issues, mainly stormwater permit compliance and water quality, for the last eight years. Prior ... Read More

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