Phase II commenced in mid-2020 and concluded in December 2021. The central component of Phase II is a regional risk and vulnerability assessment for all 51 municipalities in New Haven and Fairfield Counties coupled with identification of “zones of shared risk” in the 33 municipalities of New Haven and Fairfield Counties that have potential for Transit Oriented Development. The analysis and draft products were informed by extensive stakeholder engagement, which is described in the Phase II Engagement Report.
As part of Phase II's regional vulnerability assessment, 63 Resilience Opportunity Areas (ROARs) were identified and mapped to illustrate the intersection of climate induced flooding and heat risks with vulnerable populations and key regional assets. Assets include affordable housing, transportation assets, critical infrastructure, and valuable ecological systems along with other assets that impact the long-term resilience and potential of the region.
Visit the Story Map page to learn more specifically about the top 20 ROARs identified in the two counties. These 20 ROARs were chosen based on the vulnerability assessments as well as ongoing engagement with stakeholders to incorporate municipal and regional goals.
A final report is also available summarizing Phase II work and the process for identifying and refining these ROARs, which will be further explored in Phase III of the project. Other results of Phase II are captured on a page of Climate Change Vulnerability Index or "CCVI" products page with links to map viewers, ESRI Story Maps, workshops, webinars, and fact sheets.
If download of the compiled Phase II report is too big, here are the individual files:
Appendix A: Engagement Report
Appendix B: Planning Review
Appendix C: 20 ROAR Portfolio
Appendix D: Hazard Mitigation Plan Actions