New Jersey elevation guidelines

In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, almost all areas of the country are addressing increased flooding and storm events, particularly in coastal areas.  These flood issues relate to coastal, riverine, tidewater and groundwater events, as well as storm water backup and major storm events.  All of these impact historic properties and newer construction alike.  In addition to early settlements, which are often found along waterways, historic resources vulnerable to flooding include individual properties, historic districts, streetscapes, campuses, landscapes and viewsheds.

The objective of this project is to provide a consistent approach across the State of New Jersey, including Section 106 review, tax credit projects, grants, CLGs and the state and National Register programs, and to assist individuals as well as local, state and federal governmental agencies in the management of historic properties in flood-prone areas.

In 2016, following a national search, PDP was selected to complete a report to identify potential strategies for historic properties in flood-prone areas.  To complete this effort, PDP is working with the state of New Jersey to develop a three-phase process:

  1. Research and Data Collection
  2. Site Visit and Outreach
  3. Emerging Issues and Patterns / Preparing a Toolkit

project status

In Progress