Phase I

Resilient Connecticut Planning Framework - Phase I

During Phase I of the project, the CIRCA team engaged a broad range of stakeholders on the development of a Resilient Connecticut Planning Framework. This Framework will guide the plans, projects, and research activities initiated during Phases II and III and will build on the range of ongoing climate adaptation activities occurring in the state. The Framework will connect science-based risk assessment with innovative design strategies and apply them to practical planning practices. The RCPF will introduce a variety of applied tools and methodologies intended to influence Connecticut's resilience planning moving forward, focusing on five themes.

Inventory of Previous and Ongoing Resilience Planning in Connecticut

inventory collageMany communities in Fairfield and New Haven counties have begun to address the impacts of flooding, sea-level rise and climate change through planning initiatives such as Plans of Conservation and Development (POCD), Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans (NHHMP), and Coastal Resilience Plans (CRP). The CIRCA team is working on a robust inventory of previous and ongoing climate adaptation planning, focusing on local and regional efforts. A report and accompanying database documenting this assessment will be made available as a resource for Connecticut. A statewide inventory was also produced in 2022.

This list inventories municipal and regional plans in New Haven and Fairfield Counties that impact or address climate resilience.

Sandy CDBG-DR Funded Projects

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Connecticut Department of Housing (CT-DOH) initiated the Planning for Mitigation and Resiliency Program allocating Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery funding (CDBG-DR) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist communities in the state with recovery. These projects have helped many communities in Connecticut move forward in addressing the impacts of storms, sea-level rise, and flooding. To view a map of CDBG-DR funded projects in Connecticut, as well as access final reports and products please visit the link below and click on project icons for more information: