Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee

Mission

This committee will work with Town staff in the development, oversight, and implementation of coastal resiliency and climate action initiatives and projects for the Town of Provincetown which address the risks and hazards to Town infrastructure and coastal properties (public and private) that may be caused by the impacts of climate change, including coastal erosion, coastal storms, and sea level rise. The Committee shall address planning across the system-wide needs of the community and include social, cultural and economic needs, infrastructure needs, and environmental needs. The preservation of historical landmarks shall be a component of these efforts.

Purpose

The Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee was established by Provincetown's Select Board on March 9, 2020. This committee works with Town staff to recommend a coastal resiliency and climate action plan to the Select Board by:

• Providing input as plan modifications/updates/finalization of coastal resiliency and climate action initiatives, plans, and studies.

• Recommending priorities of coastal resiliency projects, including review of costs and funding sources/grant opportunities, professional services requirements, next steps, action steps, additional resource needs – including the development of a team of scientific advisors, partnership opportunities.

• Maintaining communication with similar committees in other Cape and Islands municipalities, and with county, state, and federal commissions and agencies, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, and coordinating planning and projects where practical.

• Reviewing and summarizing the key actions, studies and reports that the Town has taken or prepared in recent years to improve the Town’s coastal resilience, in order to identify common findings, goals, opportunities for coordination, and recommendations, including the following:

  • Hazard Mitigation Plan,
  • Summary of Findings from the 2019 MVP Community Resiliency Building workshop,
  • “Increasing Coastal Resiliency and Reducing Infrastructure Vulnerability by Mapping Inundation Pathways” report (2016),
  • Harbor Plan,
  •  Local Comprehensive Plan,
  • Open Space & Recreation Plan, and
  • other relevant studies and reports.

•  Conducting public education and outreach to residents, homeowners, businesses, and other stakeholders about the Town’s vulnerabilities to climate change and sea level rise.

• Reviewing pertinent existing policies and regulations to include climate change mitigation/adaptation and coastal resiliency accommodations; identifying any “disconnects” between regulations and practice and/or conflicts and recommending ways to achieve alignment; reviewing proposed pertinent regulations for climate change mitigation/adaptation and coastal resiliency purposes.

• Regularly reviewing information on sea level rise projections with regard to impact on the Town.

• Reviewing the activities of other coastal communities as related to coastal resiliency planning projects.

• Providing regular updates to the Select Board and the Town Manager.

• Other related tasks as may be requested by the Select Board and/or Town Manager.

Agendas and Minutes

Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee Agendas and Minutes Archive

Membership

The Committee shall consist of seven members, as follows:

  • VACANT, At-Large- Term Ends 3/31/2025
  • Cody Sullivan, Conservation Commission- Term Ends 3/31/2025
  •  Mia Cliggott-Perlt, Planning Board- Term Ends 3/31/2024
  • Michelle Stefani, Harbor Committee- Term Ends 3/31/2024
  • VACANT, Historic District Commission- Term Ends 3/31/2023
  • Nancy Lockwood, Recycling and Renewable Energy Committee- Term Ends 3/31/2023
  • Elise Cozzi, Board of Health- Term Ends 3/31/2025

Staff advisors:

  •  Environmental Planner/Conservation Agent (liaison)
  • Town Planner
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Marine Coordinator
  • Public Works Director