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    Climate Adaptation Academy

Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation II

The second in a three part series, held on December 15, 2017, in Madison, CT.

Building on the foundations from the Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation workshop held in November 2015 and the participants’ questions it generated, we present 4 fact sheets that address many of these questions. The afternoon session delves into two major climate adaptation issues with numerous legal ramifications: elevating structures and resilience of roadways.

(Click the titles, linked in red, to view the available presentations.)

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8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15

Welcome & Introductions

9:15-9:25

Breakout of participants to 4 rooms. Each presenter will rotate through to each group such that each group will review all 4 fact sheets.

Presenters: David Dickson, Read Porter, Marjorie Shansky, Jane Stahl

9:25-10:30

Review of 2 fact sheets; 30 minutes per fact sheet including Q & A (5 minutes for presenters to change rooms)

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-11:50

Review of 2 fact sheets; 30 minutes per fact sheet including Q & A (5 minutes for presenters to change rooms)

Noon-12:45

Lunch

12:45-1:45

Going Up: Issues associated with elevating structures

Presenter Marjorie Shansky

Elevating structures has been among the more frequently raised, pun intended, adaptation tools  but it does not happen without raising issues including the conflict between building height restrictions and elevation requirements, the legal consequence of using the term “variance”, and, property disputes associated with loss of views and visual access.

1:45-2:00

Break

2:00-3:15

Resilience, Roads, Regulatory Processes

Panel discussion with Moderator Jane Stahl

Many roads are now flooded by high tide events as well as storms. This panel will explore legal issues associated with adaptation solutions including raising roads, abandonment, state and local regulatory requirements and impediments.

3:15-3:30

Discussion & Wrap Up