Coastal Resiliency Committee
At the November 8, 2022 Board of Selectmen meeting the BOS approved the following mission statement for the Westbrook Coastal/Climate Resiliency Committee:
This Westbrook Coastal Resiliency Committee will work with town staff and the community to analyze, coordinate, and prepare a Coastal Resiliency Plan in conjunction with the neighboring communities of Old Saybrook, Clinton and Fenwick. The Plan will address the impact of climate change, storm surge, flooding, extreme weather events and sea level rise and address issues across the system-wide needs of the community including social, cultural, historic and economic needs, infrastructure needs, facility needs and the needs of the natural environment. The Plan will identify projects which address the risks and hazards to Town infrastructure and coastal properties (public and private) and that will increase community resilience.
The Committee shall also conduct educational and public outreach activities during the preparation of the plan and will communicate its findings and recommendations, and shall provide budgetary and policy recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.
The Coastal Resiliency Committee shall report directly to the Board of Selectmen in carrying out its duties.
In executing its mission, the Coastal Resiliency Committee shall:
Engage technical consultants as needed to assist in the execution of this charge;
Recommend prioritization of Coastal Resiliency projects, including review of costs and funding sources/grant opportunities, professional services requirements, next steps, action steps, additional resource needs
Review and summarize 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
Review 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.
Assist with obtaining community feedback from all areas of the community, including ways to engage seasonal residents. Conduct public education and outreach to residents, homeowners, businesses, and other stakeholders about the Town’s vulnerabilities to climate change and sea level rise.
Review information on sea level rise projections with regard to impacts on the community
Review the activities of other coastal communities as related to coastal resiliency planning and projects
Provide regular updates to the Select Board and other Town Boards and Commissions
Maintain communication with similar committees in our neighboring municipalities, and with state, regional and federal agencies to coordinate planning and projects where practical, including the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) and the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), to assist in evaluating the projected impacts of climate change and sea level rise;
Within eighteen (18) months, develop a Resiliency Plan for consideration and adoption by the Board of Selectmen;
Coastal/Climate Resiliency Committee - Members
|Sid Holbrook||Chairman - Member at Large|
|Marilyn Ozols||V. Chair - Planning Commission Representative|
|Ron Botelho||Council of Beaches Representative|
|Andy Calderoni||Harbor Commission Representative|
|Tony Cozza||Board of Finance Representative|
|Evan Cusson||Business Community Representative|
|Mike Engels||Zoning Commission Representative|
|John Hall – First Selectman||Ex-Officio Member|
Peter Gillespie – Town Planner
Suzanne Helchowski - Clerk