In the years ahead, Newport will need to manage the impacts and challenges of rising seas and more frequent and dangerous coastal storms. Fortunately, City leadership and staff have already begun to evaluate and plan for these challenges, which will impact almost every subject area addressed in this update to Newport’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan update (the “Plan” and “Comprehensive Plan”).
The city of Newport and its residents recognize that Newport Harbor is one of their most valuable economic, historical, cultural, and natural assets. As working waterfront is lost and markets change, Newport recognizes the need for proactive planning and a new vision for the harbor, much of which is poised for significant redevelopment.
Newport, like other waterfronts in Rhode Island and globally, is experiencing increased risks from sea level rise, extreme tides, and storms. In order to assist Newport’s waterfront businesses with making decisions and taking initial steps towards becoming more resilient, a team was assembled to participate in a rapid Newport Resilience Assessment Tour (NRAT) on July 29 – 31, 2014 and evaluate the vulnerabilities of waterfront businesses to sea level rise and extreme storms, and to identify opportunities to increase their resilience.
The purposes of this plan are to provide goals, policies and implementation recommendations for the preservation, future protection, and management of Newport’s Harbor and Oceanfront. It is a guide to the wise and sustained use of these national and historic treasures in anticipation of the changing uses that citizens will wish to make of this priceless and finite resource, while complying with state and federal regulations.