PubCast – Comprehensive plans as tools for enhancing coastal community resilience

By Hannah Harrison

Enjoy listening to: Comprehensive plans as tools for enhancing coastal community resilience by Marina Cucuzza, Joshua Stoll, and Heather Leslie.

Paper overview: Maine’s coastal communities face multiple environmental and socioeconomic pressures, including declining fisheries, loss of working waterfronts, and warming oceans. With more than 3,500 miles of coast, citizens have important questions about how their communities are preparing for and adapting to these changes. This paper explores the role that municipal comprehensive plans play as tools for communities to implement strategies that build adaptive capacity as they plan for a changing world.

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Find the published version of this paper at The Journal of Environmental Planning and Management: