Over a period of 18 months the City city completed Phase I of Resilient Hampton. This was a high-level consideration of the entire City city. During this first phase, the project team completed several tasks:
- conducted a city-wide assessment of existing conditions, concerns and potential solutions;
- located and analyzed the best available data related to sea level rise and climate change;
- based on analysis of community workshops and outreach established guiding principles, values, and goals for a resilient Hampton;
- reviewed the legal framework around implementation of resilience projects and policies;
- drafted a preliminary evaluation tool for assisting leaders in making decisions about investments based on resiliency; and
- created a set of next steps, including the need to select a geographic area for the first resiliency pilot project (which will take up the bulk of Phase II).
The result of each of these tasks is detailed in the attached report that summarizes the findings of Phase I.
Community and Stakeholder Engagement
There are many impacts that come from of water: tidal flooding, storm surge flooding, severe weather (hurricanes and N nor’easters), shoreline erosion, and sea level rise being top among them. However, different areas of the City 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. There are also a number of stakeholders who are impacted or working on resilience elsewhere in the region that provided information on their work and needs in a meeting. This group included local federal facilities and agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, Business Improvement Districts, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, neighboring localities, and more.
To fully understand the different needs and concerns of these neighborhoods, the City 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:
- Identify the location, duration, and severity of events (floods, storms, etc.) in their neighborhood.
- Prioritize the most important issues to tackle first.
- Brainstorm possible solutions to these issues facing.
- April 4 – Fox Hill, Harris Creek, and Grandview neighborhoods
- April 6 – Buckroe, Fort Monroe, and Bayside neighborhoods
- April 18 – Newmarket Creek and Back River neighborhoods
- April 20 – Harbor and Hampton River neighborhoods