Boston Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines & Zoning Overlay District
Utile was selected by the Boston Planning and Development Agency to lead a team of consultants to develop recommendations for a citywide Flood Resilience Zoning Overlay District for areas with a 1% chance of flooding in 2070, and to craft design guidelines to retrofit existing buildings and into compliance—a critical step in the City’s Climate Ready Boston initiative.
The multi-faceted project approach integrates a study in national best practices, existing regulations, analysis of Boston’s built form, community input, and expertise in cutting-edge building technology to identify effective, consensus-driven revisions to the zoning code.
Working closely with stakeholders in the design and development community, the consultant team will examine existing frameworks for resilience in the region’s coastal and low-lying communities, research national precedents and test their feasibility in the context of Boston. The team will evaluate recommendations that balance public and private needs, prioritize equity, and facilitate the implementation of both short- and long-term goals.