N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program

 

The N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program aims to facilitate a community-driven process for setting coastal resilience goals, assessing existing and needed local capacity, and identifying and prioritizing projects to enhance community resilience to coastal hazards. Participating communities will walk through a framework leading to the development of “shovel-ready” projects. Local governments throughout the 20 coastal counties will be eligible to apply for direct technical assistance to complete a community engagement process, risk, and vulnerability assessment, and develop a resilience project portfolio.

The four phases of the program include:

  • Phase 1: Community Engagement and Risk & Vulnerability Assessment
  • Phase 2: Planning, Project Selection, and Prioritization
  • Phase 3: Engineering and Design
  • Phase 4: Implementation

This initiative, funded through the N.C. State Legislature and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will provide funding to local governments to help overcome barriers in coastal resilience and adaptation planning, boost local government capacity, and support a proactive, sustainable, and equitable approach to coastal resilience planning and project implementation.

RCCP Information & Materials

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The North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program Planning Handbook provides guidance to contractors and local governments in completing Phases 1 and 2 of the N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program. The handbook identifies the specific program requirements, as well as existing data, tools, and resources to help communities meet these requirements.

Mackenzie Todd, Coastal Resilience Specialist

Kasen Wally, Coastal Resilience Specialist  

Tancred MillerPolicy & Planning Section Chief

Krista Early, Coastal Resiliency Coordinator

Program Email: RCCP@ncdenr.gov

For questions specifically related to land use planning and how this initiative overlaps with CAMA Land Use Plan updates, reach out to your District Planner.

 

2023-2024 Phase 1 & 2

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The Division of Coastal Management (DCM) invites communities and contractors to apply to participate in Phases 1 and 2 of the N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP), which aims to equip communities with additional capability to increase their resilience to coastal hazards. DCM is inviting applications from county and municipal governments within the 20 CAMA counties, federal and state-recognized tribes, and any qualified owners’ association defined in G.S. 47F-1-103(3). DCM is also inviting applications from qualified service providers to provide technical assistance to selected localities. Eligible providers include private planning and engineering firms, Councils of Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions (private and public).

The RCCP is a state-local partnership designed to help overcome barriers in coastal resilience and adaptation planning, boost local government capacity, and support a proactive, sustainable, and equitable approach to coastal resilience planning and project implementation. Phases 1 and 2 walk communities through a series of steps to assess risks and vulnerabilities specific to their location, engage representative stakeholders, and complete a community-involved process to prioritize projects and action items to improve the resiliency of their community and critical assets. Once communities complete Phases 1 and 2, they become eligible to apply for Phase 3 (Engineering and Design), and Phase 4 (Implementation) funding from DCM, and will be better positioned to take advantage of implementation funding from various funders in the future. 

DCM is hosting an informational webinar on the Phase 1 and 2 application process on January 12, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. You can register for it here.

Questions about the new Resilient Coastal Communities Program and completed applications may be sent to RCCP@ncdenr.gov

Eligibility: Municipal and county governments in the 20 coastal counties of N.C., federal and state-recognized tribes, and any qualified owners’ association defined in G.S. 47F-1-103(3)

Submission: Submit the cover sheet and application to rccp@ncdenr.gov by 5:00 pm, Friday, February 3, 2023.

Community Application- Cover Sheet (PDF)

Community Application- Questions (Word)

Free Adobe Acrobat Reader

Eligibility: Private planning and engineering firms, Councils of Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions (private and public). Multiple organizations may partner on one application.

Submission: Submit the cover sheet and application to rccp@ncdenr.gov by 5:00 pm, Friday, February 3, 2023.

Service Provider Application- Cover Sheet

Service Provider Application- Questions

Phase 1 & 2 Applicant Webinar Recording

Phase 1 & 2 Applicant Webinar Presentation

2020-2022 Phases 1 & 2

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The main deliverable for Phases 1 and 2 is a Resilience Strategy consisting of a combination of the deliverables developed throughout this process. While this is not meant to be a comprehensive resilience plan, the information in this Resilience Strategy may later be used to create a comprehensive Resilience Plan or be integrated into existing local plans and ordinances. Having a planning document like this helps to provide clarity of purpose, attract funding, and provide a more direct path to implementation.

Community

Amount

Aurora

$30,000

Beaufort

$30,000

Beaufort County

$30,000

Belhaven

$30,000

Bertie County

$30,000

Cape Carteret

$30,000

Craven County

$30,000

Currituck County

$30,000

Dare County-Hatteras Island

$30,000

Duck

$15,000

Hertford

$30,000

Hertford County

$30,000

Hyde County-Ocracoke

$30,000

Leland

$30,000

Nags Head

$15,000

Navassa

$30,000

Pamlico County

$30,000

Pine Knoll Shores

$15,000

Sunset Beach

$30,000

Swansboro

$15,000

Topsail Island (Topsail Beach, N. Topsail Beach, and Surf City)

$75,000

Vandemere

$30,000

Washington

$30,000

Windsor

$30,000

 

Phase 3: Engineering & Design

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The primary objective of Phase 3 of the RCCP is to provide funding to assist communities with the engineering and design of a prioritized project identified in their RCCP Resilience Strategy or other existing plans that meet the RCCP’s Phases 1 and 2 planning criteria. Some communities will also receive funds to develop or amend ordinances that improve their resilience to flooding and other coastal hazards or to otherwise take steps to manage stormwater and flooding. Most of the engineering and design projects feature natural and nature-based elements such as wetland restoration and living shoreline design. The 2022-2023 award recipients are below: 

 

Community

Project Name

Amount ($)

Aurora

Wetland Restoration at Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

$74,885

Beaufort County

Low Impact Development Site-Beaufort County Community College

$64,130

Belhaven

Wynne's Gut Tidal Gates and Flood Attenuation

$84,800

Bertie County

Cashie River Drainage System

$45,000

Cape Carteret

Cape Carteret Flood Mitigation Planning Project

$85,000

Craven County

Craven County Living Shoreline Prioritization and Engineering Design

$45,000

Dare County

Hatteras Village Stormwater Improvements

$45,000

Town of Duck

Duck Neighborhood Floodwater Management Plan

$45,000

Town of Hertford

Jennies Gut Drainage Improvement Feasibility Study

$45,000

Hyde County

Ocracoke Stormwater Management Plan

$45,000

Town of Leland

Mallory Creek Drive Drainage Improvements

$20,000

Nags Head

Town of Nags Head Drainage Infrastructure Improvements

$45,000

New Bern

Duffyfield Community Resilience Improvement-Basin Restoration and Enhancement

$45,000

Pine Knoll Shores

Town-Wide Nature-Based Stormwater Solutions

$45,000

Sunset Beach

Green Infrastructure-40th Street Erosion 

$49,865

Swansboro

Water Street Rehabilitation 

$45,000

Topsail Island (Surf City, N. Topsail Beach, and Topsail Beach)

Topsail Island Roadside Stormwater Project 

$135,000

Vandemere

Improving Stormwater Culverts and Drainage 

$45,000

City of Washington

Jack's Creek Floodplain and Greenway Improvements

$61,480