Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut

August 2, 2012

This article examines two adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-­?level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-­?level approach modeled after cutting-­?edge sea level rise regulations adopted by neighboring Rhode Island. For each method, the authors examine what measures can be implemented now given existing legal authorities delegated to state agencies and municipalities; what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations; and what level of government is best suited to implement different measures (state or local).

This case study was published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal Vol. 5, No. 1 in the summer of 2012.