Coastal Resilience

Nature-Based Solutions for a Climate Ready Southern Maine


SMPDC’s Regional Sustainability and Resilience Program has partnered with the Wells Reserve and the York County Soil and Water Conservation District on a new grant-funded project to advance nature-based solutions (NBS) for protecting southern Maine’s people, property, and the environment from coastal climate hazards. 


Economic Resilience Assessment and Plan for Coastal York County

March 2022

Supported by grant funds arising from the powerful storm of March 2018 through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), SMPDC developed a regional economic resilience plan that identifies vulnerabilities to coastal storm impacts and present short- and long-term strategies for enhancing economic resilience in the face of storms and future sea level rise.


Model Coastal Resilience Ordinance Language

April 2022

This project developed a guidance document and fact sheet to support municipal staff and planning boards in integrating resilience measures into land use regulations. The document provides a menu of land use provisions and resilience measures that municipalities can incorporate into existing ordinances or combine for a standalone coastal resilience ordinance.


Model Ordinance Language for Stormwater Management: Low Impact Development

July 2022

Funded by a Coastal Communities Grant from the Maine Coastal Program, SMPDC partnered with Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District and Integrated Environmental Engineering, Inc. to develop a model ordinance for low impact development (LID) to assist communities protect water quality, integrate climate resilience into stormwater management, and comply with the new 2022 MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) permit.