December 15, 2017

Building on the foundations from the Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation workshop held in November 2015 and the participants’ questions it generated, we present 4 fact sheets that address many of these questions. The afternoon session delves into two major climate adaptation issues with numerous legal ramifications: elevating structures and resilience of roadways.

LOCATION:         Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Great Neck Rd. Madison, CT


8:30 -9:00            Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15           Introductions and Agenda for the Day

9:15 -9:25            Breakout of participants to 4 rooms. Each presenter will rotate through to each group such that each group will review all 4 fact sheets. Presenters: David Dickson, Read Porter,

Marjorie Shansky, Jane Stahl

Takings and Coastal Management.pdf

Governmental Tort Liability for Disclosure of Flood Hazard Information.pdf,


Property and Permitting Boundaries at the Shoreline.pdf,

Flood and Erosion Control Structures.pdf


9:25 – 10:30        Review of 2 fact sheets; 30 minutes per fact sheet including Q & A (5 minutes for presenters to change rooms)

10:30-10:45        Break

10:45-11:50        Review of 2 fact sheets; 30 minutes per fact sheet including Q & A (5 minutes for presenters to change rooms)

12:00 – 12:45      LUNCH (provided)

12:45 – 1:45        Going Up: Issues associated with elevating structures  Presenter Marjorie Shansky

Elevating structures has been among the more frequently raised, pun intended, adaptation tools but it does not happen without raising issues including the conflict between building height restrictions and elevation requirements, the legal consequence of using the term “variance” and, property disputes associated with loss of views and visual access.


1:45 – 2:00           Break

2:00 – 3:15           Resilience, Roads, Regulatory Processes  Panel discussion with Moderator Jane Stahl

Many roads are now flooded by high tide events as well as storms. This panel will explore legal issues associated with adaptation solutions including raising roads, abandonment, state and local regulatory requirements and impediments.


3:15 – 3:30          Discussion and Wrap Up

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