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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:

  • 1.5 ft above current mean higher high water (MHHW) for near-term (2018-2050)
  • 3 ft above current mean higher high water (MHHW) for mid-term (2050-2080)
  • 4.5 ft above current mean higher high water (MHHW) for long-term (2080-2100)

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

2021 HRPDC Resiliency Legislative Priorities

The HRPDC 2021 Regional Legislative Priorities include several actions related to coastal resiliency planning.

HRPDC staff support resilience planning efforts by providing policy guidance and recommendations at multiple scales. The HRPDC 2021 Regional Legislative Priorities include several actions related to coastal resiliency planning. White papers detailing each resiliency priority have been developed by HRPDC staff and are available here.

  • Request creation of the Virginia Commonwealth Flooding Board.
  • Request that resilience considerations be included in SMART SCALE transportation funding decisions.
  • Request State and Federal assistance to update precipitation predictions.
  • Request Virginia’s property disclosure requirements be amended to require the seller to disclose information about a property’s past flooding history.

The previous HRPDC 2020 Legislative Agenda items related to resiliency are available here.

Resolution to Encourage Local Adoption of C-PACE Financing Programs

On October 15, 2020, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission approved and adopted a resolution encouraging local governments in Hampton Roads to consider adopting Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) programs. C-PACE encourages private sector investment in energy use reductions, water efficiency, resiliency, and stormwater improvements for both existing properties and new construction. Localities can adopt C-PACE programs by ordinance to facilitate loans made by qualified lenders to non-residential property owners to finance the initial project acquisition and installation costs.

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.

 

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