Adaptive Resilience Measures: Retail and Industry


  • Strategies to help retail and industrial businesses reduce their vulnerability to flooding
  • Ways to use urban design to strengthen resiliency planning
  • Challenges that many urban communities are facing regarding federal floodplain regulations and potential remedies to enhance the resiliency and viability of businesses


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Department of City Planning undertook studies to both evaluate the vulnerability of commercial businesses to future flooding and coastal storms and propose strategies to help retail and manufacturing businesses improve the resilience of their facilities and operations. Explore a suite of steps that you can take—from individual businesses to citywide planning and policy changes—to reduce vulnerability and adapt to flooding, coastal storms, and sea-level rise.

Speakers will share the results of an analysis of prototypical retail corridors and case studies of industrial facilities in New York to delve into the complexities of balancing floodplain management with the maintenance of healthy commercial enterprise in existing urban areas. The speakers will also delve into the challenges of adapting broad federal floodplain requirements across the varied building stocks and historic development patterns of urban communities.  

Explore the use of urban design as an effective communication tool, as well as a useful means to explore creative solutions to adapt to a changing climate. The goal? To highlight opportunities for businesses to embrace resiliency and uncover regulatory barriers to some of these opportunities.