The geological features of Hampton Roads make the area very susceptible to damage due to sea level rise. After events like the Nor’easter of 2009, citizens and policymakers are eager to prepare for the future. Tanya Denckla Cobb of the University of Virginia will coordinate efforts by UVA’s Department of Urban Planning, the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation, graduate planning students, the Hampton Roads Planning District and Wetlands Watch to plan an integrated regional strategy. The plan includes holding three listening sessions to increase stakeholder understanding, developing a package of recommendations for the region to consider in sea level rise, and a presentation at a regional “Summit on Sea Level Rise” to be held in late April or early May 2011. 2010 will see the first phase of the project: the listening sessions in Virginia Beach.
Project Details: Tanya Denckla Cobb (UVA). Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Resilience to Address Sea Level Rise.