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State Hazard Mitigation Plans & Climate Change: Rating the States 2019 Update

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Document
Adaptation Phase: 
Evaluation
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Policy

Planning for Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge in Worcester County, Maryland

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Summary: 

In 2001, the Worcester County Planning Commission voted to update the county's Comprehensive Development Plan. The county assessed the threat of sea level rise as well as storm surge and incorporated these findings into the revised comprehensive plan.

Nantasket Beach: Special permits and incentives within a beach overlay district

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Case Study
Summary: 

In 2013, the Town of Hull passed a zoning by-law creating a Nantasket Beach Overlay District to create a sustainable shoreline that allows for mixed-use development while protecting natural resources and coastal communities.

Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Summary: 

Maine’s Coastal Sand Dune Rules recognize uncertainty around rates of erosion and sea level rise, but also the need to act despite uncertainty.

Developing a marine spatial plan on Washington’s Pacific Coast

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Case Study
Summary: 

Washington State is currently developing a marine spatial plan (MSP) for its Pacific Coast. The process includes compiling data, evaluating the marine ecosystem, and engaging stakeholders, and is guided by state law RCW 43.372.

Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Policy

Dynamic flood modeling essential to assess the coastal impacts of climate change

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Document
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Research

Bridging climate science, law, and policy to advance coastal adaptation planning

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Document
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Economics
Policy
Research
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Landscape Architecture
Policy
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Other

Sea Level Rise Guidance for Somerset County, Maryland

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Agriculture
Conservation / Restoration
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife
Summary: 

Somerset County received a grant through Maryland’s Coast-Smart Communities Initiative grant program to assess the county’s vulnerability to climate change and develop a plan of action to prepare for those impacts.

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