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.
2022 HRPDC Resiliency Legislative Priorities
HRPDC staff support resilience planning efforts by providing policy guidance and recommendations at multiple scales. The HRPDC 2022 Regional Legislative Priorities include creating the Virginia Commonwealth Flood Board (CFB). The CFB would direct and prioritize state and federal funding for flood mitigation, ensure collaboration and alignment among State agencies, and coordinate flood mitigation planning and adaptation efforts. The CFB would serve a similar role for statewide flooding issues as the Commonwealth Transportation Board serves for transportation needs.
The previous HRPDC 2021 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.
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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