Jersey City’s unique topography and location as part of a peninsula surrounded by the Hudson, Hackensack, and Passaic Rivers as well as New York Harbor and Newark Bay, makes the City especially vulnerable to flooding during storm events.

Current Efforts 

Since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the City of Jersey City has undertaken various studies and initiatives to help the City better prepare for and recover from future storms. The Jersey City Division of Planning prepared the Sandy Recovery Strategic Planning Report: A Strategic Plan for Resilience in 2014. This report was prepared by evaluating analysis formerly done by NOAA and Stevens Institute of Technology. It summarizes the impact of Superstorm Sandy on Jersey City and serves as a guide for recovery and reduced vulnerability to future disasters.

Based on the recommendations of the Sandy Recovery Strategic Planning Report, the City applied for and was awarded a $260,000 Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to undertake comprehensive resiliency planning. The City has contracted with consultants specializing in resiliency and adaptation to help coordinate the findings and recommendations of past efforts and guide the study and implementation of measures that will address storm surge, sea level rise, and other related issues.

The results of this Comprehensive Resiliency Planning Initiative will be the preparation and adoption of six key planning documents that provide strategies for improving the City’s ability to withstand and recover from the effects of future storms. These documents are briefly outlined below:

1. Resiliency Plan – A framework to address and expand on the strategies outlined in the City’s Sandy Recovery Strategic Planning Report. The Resiliency Plan will inventory completed and current studies, projects, and initiatives related to resiliency and identify and prioritize gaps and additional needs.
2. Adaptation Plan – An action plan that describes specific projects and initiatives for the City to undertake that will support the vision and goals of the Resiliency Plan. The Adaptation Plan will include descriptions of existing conditions, the nature and extent of adaptation measures, and identify potential funding sources, implementing agencies, and time frames.
3. Zoning and Building Code Amendments – Recommended changes to the zoning and building codes to increase the City’s resilience.
4. Urban Environmental Green Infrastructure Plan – Strategies that mitigate storm impacts through green infrastructure and stormwater management techniques.
5. Capital Improvement Plan – A five-year capital improvement plan that focuses on municipal capital investment projects identified in the Resiliency Plan, Adaptation Plan, and Urban Environmental Green Infrastructure Plan.
6. Design Standards – Specific guidelines to ensure that proposed zoning and building code requirements are consistent with the City’s goals for the built environment.
Together, these documents will chart a path forward for a more resilient Jersey City.

Draft Resiliency Planning Document Available for Public Comment 

Draft versions of the Jersey City Resiliency, Resiliency, and Green Infrastructure Master Plans are available for public comment through April 15, 2017. Please send your comments to Environmental Planner Kate Lawrence at

Additional Documents
Topographic Features Map
Sandy Recovery Report
Goals and Objectives Overview 

Public Meetings 

A public meeting on the draft Resiliency, Adaptation, and Green Infrastructure Master Plans was held on March 23rd in the City Council Caucus Room. See the presentation here. An initial public open house for this project was held on October 25th, 2016. 

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