One of the goals of the 2016 Climate Ready Boston plan was to promote adapted buildings that will limit damage and displacement related to the impacts of climate change. As one of the most significant climate risks facing Boston is coastal flooding, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) was tasked with developing the Coastal Flood Risk Design Guidelines for new construction and building retrofits that were completed in 2019. These guidelines are intended to provide best practices for flood resistant design, and to be administered by BPDA staff for the review of projects within a proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Overlay District.
A draft of this Coastal Flood Resilience Overlay District (CFROD), Article 25A, was released in late 2020 for public comment.
A Better City submitted comments on the draft Coastal Flood Resilience Overlay District on February 12, 2021. Although we were pleased to see clarification on some items that members had raised previously like how to measure building height and the location of vertical circulation items, we also requested the following amendments for BPDA’s consideration:
A Better City also requested an opportunity to review the next draft of the CFROD with member companies and institutions, once released.
For further information, please contact Yve Torrie.