City Planning Includes Updated Resilience Strategies

Community assets are vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding. This project identified vulnerabilities and prioritized new strategies for improving resilience, including developing evacuation plans, revising stormwater management plans, and considering use of living shorelines. In many instances the recommendations are being evaluated or integrated into local plans, as in the master plan for Burlington City, the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Borough of Sea Bright, and nature-based shoreline protection strategies for Maurice River Township and Little Egg Harbor Township.

This NOAA award of more than $425,000 provided the tools, information, guidance, and technical assistance needed for the task. Project partners completed a Coastal Vulnerability Index Map for all 239 coastal municipalities in the state to inform vulnerability analyses. Existing decision-support tools (the New Jersey Flood Mapper and the Getting to Resilience tool, for instance) were enhanced to provide additional user-friendly guidance. Two documents were developed: the Municipal Coastal Vulnerability Assessment and the New Jersey-specific Municipal Resiliency Actions Guidance. These documents served as the impetus for reviewing and enacting new policies. (2017)

Partners: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program