The City of Annapolis recently developed a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was updated in 2012, to address various types of natural disasters prevalent to the region. However, the long-term concern for the accelerating rate of sea level rise and the devastation realized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has created a sense of urgency in Annapolis for the development of a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan (CRHMP). A CRHMP will identify and mitigate potential loss to historic resources associated with natural disasters, primarily threats to sea-level rise, subsidence, and flooding. By assessing the significance of cultural resources within the 100 year flood plain boundary and risk from flooding associated with those resources, planning for their preservation enables the City of Annapolis to better protect the architectural integrity of the Colonial Annapolis Landmark.
The planning process for the CHRMP began in 2013. The City of Annapolis secured funding by state and national sources to develop a plan following the approach recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its ‘how-to’ guide to State and Local Mitigation Planning.
This approach outlines four phases in the development of a comprehensive CRHMP, to include:
- organize resources;
- assess risks;
- develop a mitigation plan;
- implement the plan and monitor progress.
Current funding is dedicated towards the completion of the first two steps of this process. An advisory core team and steering committee were established to guide the development of this project. Team representatives include MEMA, FEMA, DNR, DNEP, Maryland Historical Trust, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Maryland.
Phase one and two include the survey, inventory, and risk assessment of properties contained within the 100 year flood plain, which includes City Dock, St. Johns and Eastport. The risk assessment includes an analysis of the property’s significance, integrity, economic importance and overall public sentiment. A public outreach component of the planning process will inform the risk assessment for individual properties. Historic American Building Survey level documentation may be recommended for properties that are deemed of high public interest.