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 issue 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, AICP, is a planner and research manager at the American Planning Association, where he focuses on climate adaptation, natural hazard risk, and how they interact with emerging trends. He holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from CUNY-Hunter College.