NYC: Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency

New York City’s Department of City Planning recently released Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency, a set of recommendations that would improve upon and make permanent existing temporary zoning rules that were adopted on an emergency basis after Hurricane Sandy. This set of zoning recommendations would provide homeowners, business owners and practitioners living or working in the city’s floodplain the option to design or otherwise retrofit buildings to: reduce damage from future flood events; be resilient in the long-term; and potentially save on long-term flood insurance costs. The purpose of this document is to share recommendations for a zoning text amendment with the public prior to launching the formal public review process later in 2019.