Last year, the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) at the William & Mary Law School and the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) hosted a forum for state and local government officials as well as coastal stakeholders to discuss the legal and policy challenges presented by coastal flooding. Described as a “game-‐changer” for Virginia, the event generated recognition that the magnitude and complexity of these challenges places local governments in a position of needing a variety of assistance if they are to meet their responsibilities to protect health, safety, and welfare. Materials from the 2013 Conference are available here.

Since this precedential gathering, state level action in response has included:

  • The Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel established a Sub-­ Panel on Recurrent Flooding. The Sub-­Panel has recently released its findings, making a series of recommendations for improving planning for, and responding to, recurrent flooding.
  • The Virginia General Assembly created a Joint Subcommittee on Recurrent Flooding. It has met twice, receiving testimony from sectors ranging from the Army Corps of Engineers to insurance providers and is considering potential legislation for the 2015 General Assembly Session.
  • Governor McAuliffe launched the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, charging it to provide him within a year with a set of significant, achievable outcomes that focus on adaptation.

At the regional and local level, planning district commissions, academia, and city and county governments have undertaken actions ranging from adopting new freeboard ordinances to analyzing new intergovernmental collaborative structures.

Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth will move forward the current dialogue by providing a forum for the next meeting of the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. It will also bring together for discussion national, state, and local experts and leaders on current actions being taken to adapt to flooding and coastal change and highlight key legal and policy matters currently confronting both the public and private sectors.

Schedule

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2014
Friday, December 5th
9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Davison M. Douglas, William & Mary Law School
Roy A. Hoagland, William & Mary Law School

9:00 AM

9:15 AM

Call to Order of the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

Molly Ward
Brian Moran

9:15 AM

9:30 AM

Commission Meeting: Report on Climate Change Progress in Virginia

James Redick
Carlton H. Hershner
Paul Olsen
Bill Shelton

9:30 AM

10:45 AM

Commission Meeting (continued): Action Items

Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

10:45 AM

12:00 PM

Keynote Address

Timothy Kaine
John T. Wells

12:00 PM

1:15 PM

FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, and Local Government Liability

Patricia E. Roberts, William & Mary Law School
James Andris
Kristen Clark
Shannon Hulst
Bill Lesser

1:15 PM

2:15 PM

Adaptation: Market Sector Responses

Skip Stiles
Scott Hunter
Lewis L. Lawrence III
Janet E. Milne
Michael Vernon

2:15 PM

3:30 PM

Social Vulnerability

Lynda L. Butler, William & Mary Law School
Erica Holloman
Molly Mitchell
Lisa Schiavinato
Sarah L. Stafford, William & Mary Law School

3:30 PM

4:30 PM

Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here?

Michelle Covi
Roy A. Hoagland, William & Mary Law School
Ben McFarlane
Curtis Smith
Ray Toll

4:30 PM