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.