Adopt policies to support building upgrades
The City’s efforts to upgrade buildings for climate resiliency must be supported by policies that enable the right investments in building resiliency. Overall, new zoning requirements, updated building codes, and reforms to flood insurance programs are already having an effect on the built environment, with the City coordinating these efforts across government stakeholders and with the community.
The City will continue to align zoning and building code updates with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and expected changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). A working group focused on resiliency is already active within City government, with representatives across capital and planning agencies, and will lead this program.
By 2018, the City will work to develop and adopt consistent resilient design guidelines for buildings in areas vulnerable to flooding, extreme wind, and heat. With our changing climate, these standards will need to be developed based on an evaluation of the inherent uncertainty of future climate projections, the lifespan of assets, and their criticality in order to develop cost-effective design guidelines.