Communities must change the way they plan and develop in response to our changing climate, says a new report by the The Urban Land Institute.
After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability, offers guidance and how communities can respond to temperature and sea level rise while preserving the environment, boosting the local economy, and fostering a high quality of life.
ULI is a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use.
At the request of three district councils -- ULI New York (city), ULI Northern New Jersey, and ULI Philadelphia -- ULI in July 2013 convened a panel of the nation's foremost authorities on real estate and urban planning to evaluate local and federal plans for strengthening community resiliency after Hurricane Sandy, and offer guidance on rebuilding efforts. This resulting report consists of 23 recommendations focused on four areas -- land use and development; infrastructure, technology and capacity; finance, investment and insurance; and leadership and governance.
The full report can be read here. Some highlights:
The report is being discussed in New York and another in Trenton.
David Ricci, partner at The Flynn Company in Philadelphia, is one of the ULI representatives leading the discussions.
"The implications of climate change and rising sea levels are issues that are here to stay," Ricci said in a printed statement. "How well we as a society adapt depends on our ability to accurately calculate its impact on the built and natural environments, and to plan, develop, finance, and insure more resilient communities."