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Planning for resilience ensures that communities can adapt and thrive amidst challenges. Challenges are often grouped into two main concerns: shocks and societal stresses.

Acute shocks include natural and man-made disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, disease outbreaks, or terrorism. Long-term societal stresses weaken communities and include high unemployment rates, inadequate infrastructure, and homelessness. These concerns are exacerbated by climate change and rapid urbanization, which makes building resilient communities more important than ever.

PlanRVA is initiating a resiliency planning program to ensure that individuals, communities, businesses, and institutions can survive and adapt now and into the future. Focusing on vulnerable populations more susceptible to impacts, resilience should be considered across all planning processes.

PlanRVA integrates concepts of resilience planning into many projects.

Hazard mitigation planning is a process undertaken to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters.  PlanRVA is partnering with Crater PDC to update the Multi-Region Hazard Mitigation Plan.  We aim to complete the plan update and adoption process by fall 2022.

Hazard Mitigation page


Connect RVA 2045 is an update to the regional long-range transportation plan for the Richmond region.  It includes anticipated trends for the next 20 years and projects that will make necessary improvements for the regional transportation network.

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The lower Chickahominy watershed boasts some of the most pristine natural areas of Virginia's tidal fresh coastal zone.  The region's long history complements recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, and paddling.  PlanRVA is working with the three localities and the three Indian Tribes of the watershed, HRPDC, and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program to form a Collaborative to protect the unique natural resources of the watershed and advance economic development opportunities.

PlanRVA is working with the localities and other stakeholders in the region to advance water quality in local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.  The agency supports education and analysis about septic maintenance and land use impacts.  PlanRVA supports the Don't Trash Central Virginia anti-litter campaign focused on litter clean-up and prevention in partnership with other governments in the region.

James River Rafting (16) - (c) Chuck Gates

Resilience in the Region

We are interested in your thoughts on resilience in the Richmond region!

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To learn more about urban and regional resiliency planning, see this video by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).

Resilience:  The New Normal


If you are interested in equitable resilience planning for the City of Richmond, be sure to check out RVAgreen2050.


This project, Task # 48 was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program led by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality through Grant FY20 # NA20NOS4190207 of the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.  The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Department of Commerce, NOAA, or any of its subagencies.