Norfolk’s resilience strategy contains actionable recommendations to face and respond to our current and future challenges and capitalize on our strengths and opportunities. The actions that support the strategy are diverse, but all of them are a commitment to a new way of doing business—collective and coordinated action to build resilience. Below, you can learn about the initiatives that are already underway.
The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and the cities of Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton jointly hosted the Virginia Dutch Dialogues in June 2015 to generate innovative ideas for living with water. For Norfolk, these innovations included using water management as a way to protect and revitalize neighborhoods. Learn more.
The City of Norfolk has begun a planning process called Vision 2100, a citizen-led discussion to identify what principles the city should use to guide future land use decisions. Read more...
Retain Your Rain
Norfolk residents learn how they can be part of building a more resilient Norfolk through a citywide, systemic approach to water management.
In collaboration with the Norfolk Master Gardeners, Bayview Civic League, Bay View Elementary, and Norfolk Master Naturalists, the City of Norfolk hosted its second Retain Your Rain workshop at Bay View Elementary School in Spring 2017! The green infrastructure installed by volunteers will capture 600 gallons of rainwater. Read more.
City of Norfolk Zoning Ordinance Rewrite
The City of Norfolk is conducting a comprehensive rewrite of its Zoning Ordinance to position the city as the resilient coastal community of the future. In collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities, the Office of Resilience, Planning Department, and local stakeholders, participated in a collaborative workshop and interviewed other coastal cities to explore how resilience can best be infused into a new zoning ordinance for the city. To stay updated, click here.
Investing in resilience is complicated. The City of Norfolk organized a workshop to discuss how to capture potential insurance benefits generated by specific coastal protection projects.
The City of Norfolk, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the local IT firm Concursive, have partnered to fight food insecurity in the city.
Bank On Norfolk has been essential in advancing our resilience goals by building economic resilience throughout Norfolk, resident by resident. Bank On Norfolk was established in January 2016, when the City partnered with Bank On Hampton Roads to bring free financial education classes to Norfolk citizens, a collaboration that also aligns with the Norfolk Plan to Reduce Poverty. So far, we've held two graduations, and current classes will graduate July 2017. Learn more.
Using Technology to Build Resilient Communities
The City of Norfolk is taking advantage of a changing environment to build resilience by designing the coastal community of the future, connecting communities, and strengthening neighborhoods. The use of application programs, more commonly known as apps, is playing a significant role in helping the city reach these resilience goals. Click here to read about these apps.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The City of Norfolk is building community-level resilience through a collaborative initiative, Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Under the program, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) Midrise apartment residents learn about disaster readiness, neighborhood safety, fire safety, and first aid. Click here to learn more.