Six months after Hurricane Sandy—the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history—hit the New York/New Jersey region, many plans and strategies have been developed to protect coastal communities from a series of long-term risks associated with climate change. Because the occurrence of climate related disasters is increasing everywhere, more and more municipalities have their eyes on the New York region.
At the request of three ULI District Councils—New York, Northern New Jersey, and Philadelphia, ULI deployed an Advisory Services Panel from July 14 to 19, focused on laying the groundwork for planning for future, unpredictable events in the NY/NJ region, and for developing land use and investment strategies that will be needed in the aftermath of the next event.
The panel, chaired by ULI Senior Resident Fellow John McIlwain, included a group of 30 land use professionals from both local ULI New York and New Jersey membership as well as national and international leaders in representing a broad range of land use, real estate, finance, and public policy professions as well as climate change and sustainability experts. The panel was charged with creating a set of principles to guide future real estate development practices that best ensure resilience and adaptability, focusing on land use, infrastructure, leadership/governance and financial structures to best leverage public dollars with private investment.
Throughout the week, the group toured Sandy affected areas in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey and interviewed over 100 stakeholders to inform their recommendations. A final report will be published fall 2013.For more information on ULI’s long history and commitment to supporting communities in repositioning after disasters through the Advisory Services Program, click here.
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