In an attempt to lessen flood losses, the town of Hull, Massachusetts has amended their zoning bylaw to consider not only current, but future conditions. Notable changes include:

1. A requirement that the town’s review process ensures that a proposed project won’t cause or worsen flooding on other properties (sounds like a good NAI approach). The reviewers must include consideration of future sea levels.
2. A provision allowing homeowners to apply for a permit to elevate homes higher than the 35-foot height limit currently in the regulations if they’re doing so to protect their properties from floodwaters.

Impressive. Thanks to StormSmart member Anne Herbst for kindly sharing the exact language: you can download the Hull bylaw amendment language here (PDF).


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