Policy Guidance

Regional Sea Level Rise Policy

On October 18, 2018, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission approved and adopted a resolution encouraging local governments within the region to consider adopting policies that incorporate sea level rise into planning and engineering decisions. The approved Sea Level Rise Planning Policy and Approach recommends the following relative sea level rise scenarios:

The document also recommends selecting sea level rise curves and designs based on the risk tolerance and costs associated with individual projects. HRPDC staff is working to develop more specific implementation recommendations for categories of projects and policies.


Line graph depicting projected sea level change at Sewells Point 2000-2100

2020 HRPDC Resiliency Legislative Priorities

HRPDC Staff support resilience planning efforts by providing policy guidance and recommendations at multiple scales. The HRPDC 2020 Regional Legislative Priorities include several actions related to coastal resiliency planning:

The previous HRPDC 2019 Legislative Agenda items related to resiliency are available here.


HRPDC Report:

Integrating Coastal Resilience Into Local Plans, Policies, and Ordinances (2017):
HRPDC Staff documented best practices for localities to incorporate coastal resilience into their planning documents. This report provides an assessment of coastal resilience in current local plans and policies and highlights case studies of coastal resilience policy initiatives in Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina.