A Sensible Set of Requirements
We are proposing changes that will prepare us for future climate impact and improve overall climate resiliency, community health and safety. Our proposal will expand the applicable zoning requirements within the existing floodplain to improve open space, infrastructure, and stormwater management and creates a Green Factor to increase the environmental performance of urban design.
Climate change is real. The impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more frequent and powerful storms, and rapid sea level rise, are increasing quickly. These impacts present a significant threat, both globally and locally across our entire City
Step One in our proposal is to update existing FPOD zoning requirements to address newer climate change forecasts and impact vulnerabilities. This is important to protect human life and property from the hazards of periodic flooding that are forecasted to increase. The proposed changes are in red
Step Two establishes a Green Factor value-based system to increase the environmental performance and quality of urban landscape and features. This will rate properties on reduction of stormwater runoff, the improvement of urban air quality, mitigation of the urban heat island effect
Our Main Goal
To protect the health, safety, and general welfare, to protect human life and property from the hazards of periodic flooding, to preserve the natural flood control characteristics, and the flood storage capacity of the floodplain, to preserve and maintain the groundwater recharge areas within the floodplain, and to provide a mechanism for a comprehensive review of development in the Flood Plain Overlay District and the design and location of flood water retention systems and their relationship to other surrounding development.
We will provide a roadmap for sustainable design and development to increase the environmental performance and quality of urban landscape features through the Green Factor, which is measured as a ratio of the weighted value of all landscape elements in relation to the total land area of a lot. This will prioritize landscape elements and site design that contributes to the reduction of stormwater runoff, the improvement of urban air quality, mitigation of the urban heat island effect, and improved well-being of residents and visitors.
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Tuesday June 19 7-9pm
Learn more about the Climate Safety Petition at the Senior Center
806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.
Tuesday June 26th 6:30pm
Discuss the Climate Safety Petition in front of the Cambridge Planning Board
City Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room,
795 Massachusetts Ave.