Vulnerable Communities 

ASLA 2013 Award of Excellence, Analysis and Planning Category. Lafitte Greenway + Revitalization Corridor | Linking New Orleans Neighborhoods by Design Workshop, Inc. Image: Design Workshop

ASLA 2013 Award of Excellence, Analysis and Planning Category. Lafitte Greenway + Revitalization Corridor | Linking New Orleans Neighborhoods by Design Workshop, Inc. Image: Design Workshop

Special attention must be paid to communities that are at special risk from the effects of climate change, according to the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience in their recently released report.

These communities include those located in coastal and inland floodplains as
well as underserved and low-income communities.

The panel recommended a number of solutions to help ensure that the safety, needs, and well-being of vulnerable communities are considered by policy makers, elected officials, landscape architects, and others in the design and planning professions:

  • Assess and address climate impacts on vulnerable communities.
  • Focus on environmental justice and equitable access to transportation, housing, jobs, and recreation and open space.
  • Develop relocation, retreat, and/or evacuation plans.
  • Limit or prohibit building in floodplains to protect life, property, and floodplain function.
  • Update Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps and include projections of climate change impacts.
  • Limit or prohibit building in fire-prone rural areas.
  • Promote mixed-income housing and mixed-use development that provides easy access to essential services.
  • Establish/increase low-income housing and new market tax credit.

What would you add to these solutions?