Zoning for Coastal Resiliency: Flood-Resilient Designs for New York City (Link)

As part of the NYC Deparment of City Planning’s ongoing climate resiliency initiatives, the city is working with coastal communities to update the special zoning regulations that apply in the 100 and 500 year floodplain. Hurricane Sandy was a 300-year storm. In this new paradigm, the city is hoping to make regulations promoting flood-resistant design permanent to ensure that neighborhoods are more resilient to flooding and storm surges in the future. As part of this initiative, I conducted geospatial and typological analysis of approximately 100,000 lots in the floodplain and proposed appropriate design solutions by typology. After determining appropriate typologies, our team devised flood resilient retrofitting strategies to future-proof the city’s floodplain to coastal.