Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region

Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region

Organizer: 
Sasha Shyduroff
MAPC
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 3
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

Land use planning, zoning, and design guidelines are critical tools that local governments have to shape the future of cities, including how to adapt and increase resilience in the face of climate change. Several communities in the Boston Metro area, including the members of the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce, the City of Boston, the City of Cambridge, and Town of Natick have worked to develop a suite of land use tools to address climate change impacts from sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and urban heat. Strategies include: resiliency checklist for new development and major retrofits; use of flood overlay districts; resilient infrastructure standards; and the development of a regional model-zoning ordinance/toolkit. This session will include presentations from the field on the best practices and lessons learned that may applied outside the region. The session will include a facilitated Q&A and discussion with audience participation.

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Presentations

Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region
Sasha Shyduroff, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region
John Bolduc, City of Cambridge
Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region
Chris Busch, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region
Victoria Parsons, Town of Natick