Climate Adaptation Planning: Anticipating the Legal Issues for Urban Planners

By Michael Cote.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Physical urban planning is typically based on historic data, which include avoiding past incidences of natural phenomena such as flooding and beach erosion. However, there is little precedent in urban planning policy that incorporates scientific prediction into decision making processes with respect to physical form of a community. This article anticipates several legal issues from adaptation plans that urban planners and policy makers need to be aware of.

Keywords: Planning, Land Use, Adaptation, Climate Change, Environmental Law

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.87-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 684.432KB).

Michael Cote

Urban Planner and Researcher, Vermont Law School, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Mr. Michael Cote is an environmental urban planning consultant specializing in climate adaptation, sustainability, and smart growth. Currently, he is working on a book and several articles covering the intersection of land-use law and climate adaptation policy. Mr. Cote presents cost-effective adaptation solutions for top-level decision makers at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Along with the Vermont Law School delegation, he attended the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) held in Copenhagen. He is also the George Perkins Marsh Conservation Fellow 2010-11 at Vermont Law School. A corporate-contract writer in a former life, Mr. Cote recently graduated with a Masters in Regional Planning from UMass-Amherst, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. He is an active member of the °AdaptAbility – Climate Adaptation Network, the American Planning Association, the Resilience Alliance, and many other organizations that promote healthier communities.


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