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Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth

Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth

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"Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth"

Living near the water has historically been—and is expected to remain—desirable, yet this choice has inherent risks. Communities face the challenge of determining where and how to accommodate growth and redevelopment given the risks posed by coastal hazards.  In tandem, smart growth and hazard mitigation strategies can help communities meet their quality of life, safety, economic, environmental, and transportation goals.

NOAA and EPA's report on "Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth" presents an overview of ideas shared by smart growth and hazard mitigation experts at an August 2011 roundtable.  The roundtable participants focused on how coastal and waterfront communities can create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from coastal flooding. The report provides ideas for further research, tools, services, and approaches that federal and state agencies, academics, organizations, and practitioners could consider to improve integration of smart growth and hazard mitigation approaches along the coast.

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Resiliency Resources

The following resources provide a starting point for learning more about hazard mitigation and implementation of hazard resilient coastal smart growth.


Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Community Planning

This section includes resources that provide ideas and strategies for integrating hazard mitigation planning into community planning.


Hazard Mitigation Planning

This section describes various planning and assessment methods that communities can use to mitigate against natural coastal hazards.


Disaster Recovery Planning

Planning Before a Disaster Occurs

This section describes various resources to assist coastal states and communities with assessing current policies and procedures, and planning for disaster recovery prior to a natural disaster occurring.

Planning After a Disaster Occurs

This section provides resources that support the process of developing a blueprint and strategies for rebuilding and community recovery after a disaster occurs (typically when there is no pre-disaster recovery plan).


General Resources

The section provides general resources for community-based hazard mitigation.