Coastal Resilience

Coastal Resilience Plan

Coastal Resilience Planning seeks to improve the capacity of a community exposed to extreme natural events to adapt to stress and change, by resisting or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. Key elements include: 

  • Planning across the system-wide needs of the community (including the social and cultural), the natural environment, the built environment (infrastructure) and the economy. 
  • Using a quantitative method for risk assessment, modeling the effectiveness of proposed measures, and integrating with other community plans.  Present and future challenges and vulnerabilities to the community on Nantucket include the effects of sea-level rise, shoreline changes and increased magnitude and frequency of storms.
  • Understanding that Resilience Planning is an evolving practice and community specific. The Town is following the recommendations and guidance provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Nature Conservancy to prepare a Coastal and Community Resilience Plan.  
  • Recognizing that resilience is a component of sustainability.  Sustainability is focused on increasing the quality of life with respect to environmental, social and economic considerations, both in the present and future. 

Coastal Resilience Plan Presentations

Community Resilience Workshop January 2019

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Coastal Management Plan

The Coastal Management Plan for the Town of Nantucket was created to establish priorities and procedures for protecting and managing town owned infrastructure, public access points and roads around the island adjacent to the coastline.  This was prepared in 2014 by a work group formed by the Select Board.

Coastal Management Plan Presentations

Coastal Management Plan Workgroup (currently inactive).

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The primary purpose of the pre-disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify natural hazards and risks, existing capabilities, and activities that can be undertaken by a community to prevent loss of life and reduce property damages associated with the identified hazards. The plan is relevant not only in emergency management situations, but also should be used within the community's land use, environmental, and capital improvement programs.  This plan is submitted for review by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA).  Updates are made every 10 years or more often as needed by the community.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Information and Reports

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