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Projects > Climate Change > Model Coastal Resilience Ordinance and Adaptation Planning, Maine
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Model Coastal Resilience Ordinance and Adaptation Planning, Maine

Vinalhaven, Wells, Kittery, South Portland, and Tremont, Maine

FBE, Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC), and the Town of Vinalhaven, Town of Kittery, Town of Wells, Maine, City of South Portland, and Town of Tremont are developing a model coastal resilience ordinance with a menu of options to increase coastal resiliency and adaptation planning, funded by a Coastal Community Grant from the Maine Coastal Program. The project team will establish a working group for the collaborative development of a model coastal resilience ordinance based on the identified needs and goals of the municipalities. The model ordinance will provide a menu of options that municipalities can implement and tailor to their individual risks and needs in order to protect their built infrastructure, citizens, and natural environments. This project engages one city and four towns that are representative of communities along the Maine coast, and their varied social demographics, geography, and exposure to coastal risks. Collaboration among communities from such varied locations along the coast aims to enable an integration of the diversity of coastal issues that communities need to prepare for and adapt to the onset of climate change. The mixed composition of coastal municipalities will ensure that the model ordinance reflects the unique and complex vulnerabilities faced by these communities.

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