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Resiliency and Economic Development Guidance

In order to build resilience, reduce the risk of future property damage, and minimize habitat impacts, the DEC has compiled general guidelines for coastal design and development projects. The goal of these guidelines is to share technical data, regulatory guidance, best practices, and available resources for development along the dynamic shorelines of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

These guidelines can be found in our Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Coastal Development Fact Sheet (PDF). DEC has compiled various tools and datasets that can aid property owners in the design and permitting of Coastal Development. The links to this information can be found in the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page.

REDI Fact Sheet

For any questions regarding DEC Permits for coastal development, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator. Contact information for the Regional Permit Administrators in each Region can be found at: DEC Regional Permit Administrators.

Additional Resources

NYS Permitting and Regulatory Standards:

  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation: Determine if your project will need a permit and learn about the application process.
  • New York Department of State (DOS) (leaves DEC website): Frequently Asked Questions for the Coastal Management Program. Determine if your project is in the coastal area, if your project will need a consistency review and learn what you need to do if you have a consistency determination. Other factors to consider when planning and constructing your project.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) (leaves DEC website): Permit information and contact information for your area to make the determination if you need a permit.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (leaves DEC website): Permit requirements for floodplain development - click on Navigation and type in Permit for Floodplain Development.
  • DOS Building codes (leaves DEC website): NYS code enforcement and administration regulations.

Wetland Considerations:

(links leave DEC Website)

Floodplain Management Guidance:

(links leave DEC Website)

  • National Flood Insurance Program: (click on Navigation and type in National Flood Insurance Program) Explains the need for insurance to reduce the impact of flooding costs.
  • Special Flood Hazard Area: (click on Navigation and type in Special Flood Hazard Area) Provides National Flood Insurance Program guidance and requirements.
  • Flood Insurance Rate Map: (click on Navigation and type in Flood Insurance Rate Map) Defines and gives guidance on Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) which is an official map by FEMA of specific communities which have special hazard areas and/or the risk premium zones applicable to a certain community.
  • CRRA Flood Risk Management Guidance: Guide to ongoing efforts to address climate change-related considerations in building and planning.
  • FEMA Coastal Work Map Viewer: Interactive map of work in process for coastlines.

Maps:

(links leave DEC Website)

  • FEMA Floodplain Maps: (click on Navigation and type FEMA Flood Map Service Center) A service to create a map of a specific location that has been mapped by FEMA with flood elevations.
  • Local Geology: A US Geological Survey (USGS) map of the scanned geological surveys of the United States.
  • Lake Ontario Image viewer: USACE ArcGIS Online map of Lake Ontario oblique image of the shoreline.
  • Lake Water Level Viewer: Interactive map of the Great Lakes water levels.

Digital Data:

(links leave DEC Website)

Data Analysis:

(links leave DEC Website)

Planning for Shoreline Stabilization

Natural and Nature Based Features Design

(links leave DEC Website)

Structural Based Features Design

Other considerations for design

  • USACE Sediment: (leaves DEC website) Managing and planning for sediment erosion control of shorelines.
  • Climate Smart Communities: NYS program to help local governments in planning for changing climate.

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