Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency

Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency would improve homeowners’ and business owners’ ability to withstand and recover from future storms and other disaster events. It builds on years of collaboration with floodplain communities to support post-disaster recovery and promote long-term resiliency.

Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the City adopted temporary emergency zoning rules that made it easier for New Yorkers to rebuild. Zoning for Coastal Flood resiliency would update those rules with lessons learned and make them permanent.

The proposal would allow homeowners, business owners, architects and others to design resilient buildings that are better protected from flood risk and reduce flood insurance costs. It would protect and support public access to waterfront sites through resilient open space design. It would also help New Yorkers recover quickly from other future disasters, including the COVID-19 crisis.

Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency entered public review on Oct. 19, 2020.

Learn More

See where key provisions of Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency would apply within each community district’s floodplain.*

Not sure of your community district? Search for a neighborhood or use the map on Community District Profiles.

*Please note: The maps above cover only key provisions that would apply within the 1%- and 0.2%-annual chance floodplain. Additional provisions, including those that would apply in upland areas, are not included.

For more information about flood risk across NYC, see the interactive Flood Hazard Mapper.

In 2013 and in 2015, the NYC Zoning Resolution was updated to include provisions from the Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment (the “2013 Flood Text”) and the Special Regulations for Neighborhood Recovery (the “2015 Recovery Text”). The 2013 Flood Text removed many regulatory obstacles that hindered new and existing buildings to comply with flood-resistant construction standards in Appendix G of the New York City Building Code, or prevented the reconstruction of storm-damaged properties (see Article VI, Chapter 4 ). The 2015 Recovery Text simplified the process for old buildings to document non-compliances, and established new rules that allow damaged homes located within small lots to be reconstructed (see Article VI, Chapter 4, Appendix A). For more information on the 2013 Flood Text regulations, visit the website on Flood Resilience Zoning Text page or download a two-page summary.

Since both text amendments were approved on a temporary, emergency basis in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to speed the recovery process from the storm, they include sunset dates. The 2013 Flood Text expires within one year of the adoption of new FIRMs, which are expected to be revised by FEMA in the next few years. The 2015 Recovery Text is set to expire in 2020. Therefore, these zoning rules need to be adopted on a permanent basis to continue to allow buildings to incorporate resiliency improvements and recover from potential future storms.

Additionally, aside from making these rules permanent, they need to be updated to incorporate updates that have been drawn from lessons learned and initiatives implemented through the City’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. These recommendations, which are laid out in the PDF Document Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency publication, were developed based on analysis of resilient construction in the floodplain, through extensive coordination with partner City agencies, and community feedback that was received during an extensive public engagement process as laid out in the PDF Document Community Outreach Summary document released in 2018.

Workshop participants sharing their feedback on different zoning strategies for the floodplain.
Workshop participants sharing their feedback on different zoning strategies for the floodplain.

DCP has engaged with communities located in the floodplain to learn from their experiences, hear their ideas, and collaborate on the potential solutions to achieve building-scale resiliency. You can read more about the input we heard from stakeholders — residents, Community Boards, civic and homeowners associations, non-profit organizations, property owners, businesses, architects and elected officials in our Community Outreach Summary, which informed our recommendations.

For more information or questions email us at ResilientNeighborhoods@planning.nyc.gov.

In the Rockaways, participants at a workshop creating their flood resilient building design
In the Rockaways, participants at a workshop creating their flood resilient building design
Participants at a workshop in Red Hook  discussing the different options for resilient zoning strategies
Participants at a workshop in Red Hook discussing the different options for resilient zoning strategies

Below is an overview of our events and workshops to date, as well as corresponding presentations where available PDF Document in pdf format. The presentations are largely the same content, though each has been tailored with information on flood risk and zoning issues specific to the area. View additional resources used in our outreach, including information available in other languages.

9/26/2019 Land Use Committee: CB 6 Brooklyn - Presentation
9/18/2019 Land Use Committee: CB 2 Brooklyn - Presentation
9/10/2019 Zoning Committee : CB 10 Brooklyn - Presentation
6/19/2019 Community Board Meeting: CB 18 Brooklyn - Presentation
6/4/2019 Land Use and Resiliency Committee CB 13 Brooklyn - Presentation
5/212019 Community Board Meeting: CB 15 Brooklyn - Presentation
12/20/2017 Brooklyn Community Board 13 - Presentation
10/18/2017 Community Zoning Workshop: Southern Brooklyn - Presentation
Community Zoning Workshop: Southern Brooklyn - Workshop Notes
10/3/2017 Brooklyn CB 1 Land Use Committee - Presentation
9/19/2017 Brooklyn CB 2 Land Use Committee - Presentation
7/10/2017 Resilient Red Hook Committee - Presentation
6/21/2017 Brooklyn Community Board 6 Environmental Committee - Presentation
6/17/2017 Community Zoning Workship: Red Hook Presentation
Community Zoning Workship: Red Hook - Workshop Notes
6/17/2017 Fresh Creek Civic Association - Presentation
6/15/2017 NHS Brooklyn at Beraca Church, Canarsie - Presentation
6/3/2017 Newtown Creek Visioning Public Meeting  
5/24/2017 Gerritsen Beach Cares - Presentation
5/18/2017 Councilmember Treyger Town Hall  
4/25/2017 Brooklyn Community Board 15 - Presentation
4/20/2017 Gowanus Sustainability and Resiliency Working Group - Presentation
4/19/2017 Brooklyn Community Board 18 - Presentation
4/19/2017 AIA Brooklyn - Presentation
4/19/2017 Brooklyn Community Board 1  
4/4/2017 Brooklyn Borough Board - Presentation
3/22/2017 Manhattan Beach Community Group Presentation
3/2/2017 Climate Forum: The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay - Presentation
2/2/2017 Brooklyn Community Board 13 Community Resource Night  
9/10/2019 Community Board Meeting: CB 14 Queens - Presentation
9/5/2019 Communtiy Board Meeting: CB 10 Queens - Presentation
9/4/2019 Community Board Meeting: CB 1 Queens - Presentation
5/30/2019 Community Board Meeting: CB 7 Queens - Presentation
10/17/2017 Community Zoning Workshop: Rockaways Presentation
Community Zoning Workshop: RockawaysWorkshop Notes
9/26/2017 Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic - Presentation
9/13/2017 Queens Borough President's Hurricane Sandy Task Force - Presentation
8/8/2017 LIC Core Study Open House - Presentation
7/18/2017 Community Zoning Workshop: Rockaways - Presentation
Community Zoning Workshop: Rockaways - Workshop Notes
7/10/2017 Rosedale Civic Board and Stakeholder - Presentation
6/29/2017 College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association - Presentation
6/22/2017 Old Astoria Neighborhood Association - Presentation
6/13/2017 Queens AIA - Presentation
6/13/2017 Queens Community Board 14 - Presentation
6/7/2017 Queens Community Board 1 Land Use and Zoning Committee - Presentation
5/30/2017 NYS Senator Sanders Flooding and Insurance Community Forum  
5/18/2017 Queens Community Board 10, Land Use Committee - Presentation
5/17/2017 Queens Community Board 2, Land Use Committee - Presentation
5/17/2017 Queens Community Board 14, Land Use Committee - Presentation
5/15/2017 Queens Borough Board - Presentation
5/1/2017 Queens Community Board 11 - Presentation
5/8/2017 Queens Community Board 13 Land Use CommitteePresentation
5/3/2017 Queens Community Board 1 Land Use and Zoning Committee  
5/2/2017 Queens Community Board 7 Zoning and Land Use Committee - Presentation

Contact Us

For more information or questions, email us at ResilientNeighborhoods@planning.nyc.gov.