New rules mandate flood prevention measures for developers in Virginia

Signal of change / New rules mandate flood prevention measures for developers in Virginia

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 02 Mar 2018

Norfolk, Virginia has become one of America’s cities most threatened by rising sea levels. As a result, new regulations have come into force in the area which mean all new constructions, or major home renovations, have to be built on an elevated foundation. The city has also set up a point system that requires builders to make homes more sustainable and flood resilient.

So what?

The new regulation has been met with mixed reactions with some worried about the additional costs this will add to any new construction. However most seem pleased, with many homeowners looking forward to the prospect of lower flood insurance premiums. Overall, it should help protect properties in the area for decades to come.

Are we likely to see more cities introduce regulation to better protect residents against the rising threat of natural disasters? What about public spaces and infrastructure, and company assets? 

Sources

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/589634980/norfolk-requires-developers-to-do-more-against-flooding?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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