The firm’s growing presence on the coast bolsters resilience and sustainability planning in Carolina Beach, Swansboro and Duck.
Stewart has partnered with coastal communities throughout North Carolina to develop and implement coastal resilience plans that uncover future vulnerabilities and direct strong community growth. The firm’s municipal planning and mobility practice is currently working with Carolina Beach, Swansboro and Duck, among other coastal locations, to prepare for potential hazards and build sustainable value in the community.
Coastal communities are required to comply with the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA), and Stewart is delivering value with a unique data-driven approach to CAMA compliance as well as the diverse talents and backgrounds of the company’s employees. With these differentiators, Stewart implements coastal resilience plans that are tailored to each location’s needs, geographic makeup, current stage of planning and community interest, while addressing potential hazards such as hurricanes and the subsequent effects including flooding and infrastructure vulnerabilities.
Plans underway include:
Stewart will showcase its innovative approach to coastal resilience planning and implementation at the 2019 North Carolina Planning Conference, hosted by the North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association at the Wilmington Convention Center from October 8 – 11. During the conference, Jay McLeod, senior planner and project manager, will moderate a panel session exploring real-world, proactive responses to resilience for coastal North Carolina communities, including Stewart’s current work with Carolina Beach and Swansboro.
McLeod brings a unique, scientific perspective to Stewart and its current projects, having received his master’s in urban ecology and biology. Coupled with Stewart’s focus on data-driven designs, the municipal planning and mobility group is well positioned to deliver the resilience plans that will prepare coastal communities for potential hazards and direct future growth.