Zoning for Coastal Flood Resilience

Zoning Practice — June 2018

By Joseph DeAngelis, AICP



Flooding poses a considerable threat to the well-being of coastal cities and towns. Most coastal communities are well-acquainted with the flood risks from the array of potential tropical disturbances, less impactful but more frequent coastal storm events, and increasingly common nuisance flooding due to rainstorms and high and king tides.

This edition of Zoning Practice will summarizes the spectrum of risk coastal flooding poses to cities, discusses zoning and land-use approaches that can help communities to adapt, and highlights relevant zoning reform efforts in Mandeville, Louisiana; Norfolk, Virginia; and New York City.


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June 1, 2018
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About the Author

Joseph DeAngelis, AICP
Joseph DeAngelis is a planner and Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago. Joseph's primary area of research is in the realm of climate adaptation and community resilience. He is currently working on two NOAA-funded projects related to local climate science integration and community adaptation to climate change impacts. Previously, he was a resiliency planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he worked on long-term planning and zoning solutions for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Joseph is also the co-editor of APA's Zoning Practice