Weather It Together Town Hall agenda

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

FloodMitigationThe Weather It Together: Protect our Historic Seaport Town Hall is designed to engage attendees in identifying properties and places important to the architectural heritage, community character and resident / visitor experience in Annapolis. A visual preference survey, GIS-based mapping demonstration and emergency preparedness and response tools will be provided to all participants via nearly a dozen exhibitors.

Weather It Together was launched by the City of Annapolis in response to the threats identified in the City’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (2012) and the City Dock Master Plan (2014) to the impacts of climate change, sea level rise and tidal flooding on the Annapolis Historic District. The long-term concern for the accelerating rate of sea level rise and the devastation realized by Hurricane Sandy has created a sense of urgency in Annapolis for the development of a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan.

This plan, Weather It Together, will identify and mitigate potential loss to historic resources associated with natural disasters, sea-level rise, subsidence, and tidal flooding. By assessing the historic, economic and cultural significance of properties within the 100 year flood plain boundary and assessing their potential risk to the damaging effects of storm related disasters and tidal flooding, the City of Annapolis will be better able to design implementation strategies that will protect the architectural integrity and historic character of Annapolis.

The Weather It Together planning process requires organizing staff and financial resources, identifying affected properties, establishing critical partnerships, assessing risks to vulnerable properties and infrastructure, developing mitigation strategies, implementing protection measures and monitoring progress towards sustainable adaptation efforts.

The first two phases of the project, currently underway, include the survey, inventory, and risk assessment of approximately 180 properties in the Annapolis Historic District and nearly approximately 120 properties in Eastport, all of which are contained within the 100 year flood plain. The risk assessment includes an analysis of the property’s significance, integrity, economic importance and overall community value.

This Weather It Together Town Hall represents a critical component of the public outreach process, particularly as it applies to assessing public sentiment for individual properties and views.


Annapolis Waterfront Marriott

July 9th / 7 – 9 pm

7- 7:30 pm      Exhibitor’s Open House & Refreshments

  • Annapolis Planning & Zoning Department
  • Annapolis Office of Emergency Management
  • Annapolis Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland Office of Planning / Maryland Historical Trust
  • Historic Annapolis
  • MainStreets Annapolis Partnership
  • US Army Corp of Engineers
  • US Naval Academy
  • National Park Service
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Union of Concerned Scientists

7:30                 Welcome: Mayor Michael Pantelides

7:35                 Introductions & Program Overview

7:40                 Presentation: Weather It Together – Historic Preservation Division

7:50                Presentation: US Army Corps of Engineers

8:10                 Presentation: National Park Service

8:15                 Q & A

8:30                 Audience Exercise: Visual Preference Survey

8:50                Preliminary Survey Results / Drawing

9 pm                Fair Winds and Following Seas!

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