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Louisiana’s 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. Path Forward on Nonstructural Program Implementation CPRA Meeting - October 17, 2012. Our Communities and Livelihoods at Risk. Potential for damages to reach $ 23.4 billion annually

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Louisiana s 2012 comprehensive master plan for a sustainable coast

Louisiana’s 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast

Path Forward on Nonstructural Program Implementation

CPRA Meeting - October 17, 2012

Our communities and livelihoods at risk

Our Communities and Livelihoods at Risk

Potential for damages to reach $23.4 billionannually

Increasing threats to lives, jobs, communities and the economy

Predicted Future Flooding from a 100 Year Flood Event

Future Without Action

What the master plan delivers

What the Master Plan Delivers

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What the Master Plan Delivers

The plan includes a wide variety of project types distributed throughout the coast.

We are using every tool in the toolbox to protect and restore south Louisiana.

Nonstructural protection projects

Nonstructural Protection Projects

  • Residential & Non-residential Floodproofing (0’ - 3’)

  • Residential Elevation (3’ – 18’)

    • BFE+1’ or BFE+4’

  • Residential Voluntary Acquisition (> 18’)

Additional nonstructural measures

Additional Nonstructural Measures

Land use planning

Building codes


Implementation of Ordinances

  • Programmatic: Land use planning, ordinances, public education, hazard mitigation planning, building codes, etc.

  • Not easily evaluated, but critical to a successful coast wide nonstructural risk reduction

Master plan recommendations for nonstructural protection

Master Plan Recommendations for Nonstructural Protection

Increase coordination among state and parish agencies working on nonstructural issues in Louisiana. Need a single entity to act as a clearinghouse.

Consider amending regulatory requirements, such as: 1) local land use planning; 2) building codes; 3) flood damage prevention ordinances; 4) risk reduction project funding.

Identify the needs of Louisiana residents and encourage the development of funding and support initiatives to meet those needs.

Train officials and educate the public on their flood risks and the nonstructural options available to them.

Current status of nonstructural programs

Current Status of Nonstructural Programs

  • Multiple Agencies

    • Coastal protection and restoration (CPRA)

    • Floodplain management (DOTD)

    • Emergency response and mitigation planning (GOHSEP)

    • Hazard recovery (OCD)

      • State CDBG

      • FEMA HMGP

    • Education, outreach, grants and response (FEMA)

    • Implementation of elevation measures (Parishes)

Team and roles

Team and Roles

CPRA Nonstructural Team will lead coordination and communication between staff, the CPRA Board Subcommittee, and the Advisory Group.

CPRA Board

Nonstructural Development Team


Advisory Group

CPRA Board Subcommittee

(Members from DOI, DOA, DOTD, GOHSEP, LED)

Federal & State Reps

Parish Reps

Stakeholder & Community Reps

Academics & Planners

Program structure

Program Structure

CPRA Board Nonstructural Subcommittee

  • Include members from:

    • Dept. of Insurance

    • Dept. of Administration

    • Dept. of Transportation & Development

    • Gov.’s Office of Homeland Security

    • Dept. of Economic Development

    • (Others)

  • Board will help to establish program policy and offer advice to the development team on implementation measures

    Nonstructural Advisory Group

  • Lead by CPRA with members from coastal parishes; federal & state agencies involved in hazard mitigation; community leaders; and knowledgeable stakeholder groups

  • Group will help to determine lessons learned, potential implementation issues and mechanisms, funding opportunities, and communicate information on the program to coastal communities

Near term next steps

Near-term Next Steps

Programmatic Structure and Membership:

  • Identify current and additional team members; subcommittee and advisory group members

  • Define roles and responsibilities of group members

  • Develop a timeline and resources needed for program

    Program Development:

  • Understand past successes and failures and current and future efforts in the coastal area

  • Understand regulations & policy requirements

  • Determine existing and anticipated funding sources

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Near-term Next Steps

  • Data Collection & Research:

    • Utilize data from the risk modeling and expand to include higher resolution spatial analysis

    • Determine areas of high risk and repetitive loss

    • Research rate of participation in the program and identify obstacles to voluntary participation

    • Evaluate mitigation incentive programs

    • Determine the best type of risk communication and education methods to reach the public

Long term steps

Long-term Steps

  • Outline the specific operational structural of the program

  • Determine appropriate methods for prioritizing projects in areas of high risk which best maximize the MP risk reduction objective

  • Develop a nonstructural demonstration project to test policies and procedures for the program

Cpra feedback

CPRA Feedback

  • Board members interest in participation

  • Identification of appropriate department staff members

  • Gather feedback from the board on the path forward for Nonstructural Program Implementation

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