Current Efforts

After the Dutch Dialogues Virginia in June 2015, the City Managers of Hampton and Norfolk pledged to be leaders in coastal resiliency. In the fall of 2016, Hampton contracted with Waggoner & Ball Architects to help develop a comprehensive approach, based on the Dutch approach to life at sea level, for coastal resiliency for the City of Hampton. 

Over a period of 12-18 months the City will complete a plan for coastal resilience policies, which will be conducted in two phases. The project will start at the citywide level and identify broad strategies and goals for resiliency. The City is in the middle of the first phase. An interim progress report will be provided at the end of summer 2017.

April 2017 — Community Meetings

There are many impacts that come from water: tidal flooding, storm surge flooding, severe weather (hurricanes and Nor’easters), shoreline erosion, and sea level rise being top among them. However, different areas of the City are impacted by different types of events: one neighborhood may experience frequent tidal flooding, while other neighborhoods may be most hard hit when a Nor’easter blows through. To fully understand the different needs and concerns of these neighborhoods, the City held a series of four public meetings in April.

These meetings were broken up by neighborhood and water body boundaries. Attendees were asked to discuss flooding events they have personally experienced and possible solutions at a variety of scales from things an individual can do on their own property to large regional responses funded at local, state, or federal government levels.

The purpose of these meetings was for the city and consultants to hear directly from citizens who are affected by recurrent flooding and sea level rise. With the help of large maps depicting buildings, flood zones, and potential sea level rise, residents were asked to: 

  1. Identify the location, duration, and severity of events (floods, storms, etc.) in their neighborhood.
  2. Prioritize the most important issues to tackle first.
  3. Brainstorm possible solutions to these issues facing.

Community Meetings

Next Steps

As these meetings conclude, the next step is for the City to work with Waggonner and Ball and synthesize what we have heard from the community and develop broad goals that will represent our measure of success toward resiliency implementation.