Environmental Resiliency

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Introduction & Background

Building resilience to natural hazards is vital for communities to help maintain quality of life, healthy growth, durable systems, and conservation of resources for present and future generations; however, several barriers to developing resilience to coastal risks exist, including economic and capacity constraints that have been exacerbated in recent times. Resiliency refers to not only the ability of a community to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threats, but to thrive amidst changing conditions or challenges.

A risk and vulnerability assessment is a key component to building resilience in a coastal community. Risks are assessed as multi-hazard threats to communities such as flooding, storm surge, or sea level rise that may occur amidst storms and a changing climate. Vulnerabilities are assessed as the degree of exposure to these risks, and the means to cope with stressors or disasters that arise from them.

Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP)

Building a more resilient Town of Leland requires careful, thorough planning efforts using sound, locally relevant data. Leland has been awarded financial assistance in the form of technical resources on behalf of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s (DCM) Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP). The RCCP will advance coastal resilience efforts throughout the 20 coastal communities in North Carolina. The objectives of this program include:

  • Address barriers to coastal resilience in North Carolina at the local level, such as limited capacity, economic constraints, and social inequities;
  • Assist communities with risk and vulnerability assessments and developing a portfolio of planned and prioritized projects;
  • Advance coastal resilience projects to shovel-readiness, or ready for implementation; and
  • Link communities to funding streams for project implementation.

DCM has partnered Moffatt & Nichol, our selected contractor, with the Town of Leland to conduct a Risk & Vulnerability Assessment. This website will function as a storing house of all project-related information and a means for you to contribute in a meaningful way.
You can find out more about this project by reading our project information fact sheet.

Stay Connected

Below are several ways you can stay engaged in our project efforts:

  1. Subscribe to our mailing list. Sign up for the latest updates and other information as it becomes available by completing the form on the left-hand side of this webpage.
  2. Visit our project website often. We will continually update the project website with the latest information and news, including the project schedule and resources available for download (please see available resources and downloads section below).
  3. Get social! Connect with us on social media by following the Town of Leland on Facebook and Twitter.
  4. Email us. Have a question, comment or concern? Please contact us via email and we'll respond in a timely manner.

Project Schedule

The following project milestones outline our estimated seven-month planning process and highlights specific timeframes when our public meeting and other public involvement opportunities are expected to occur. These dates may change as the project moves forward so please check back for updates.


Community Action Team Meeting #1July 7 2021
Public SurveyJuly/August 2021
Public MeetingAugust 25 2021
Draft Presentation to TownSeptember 2021
Community Action Team Meeting #2October 2021
Final Presentation to TownDecember 2021
Community Action Team Meeting #3January 2022

Available Presentations and Downloads

Please find below links to our presentations and downloads. We will continue to add to this archive as materials are prepared, refined, and released.

  • Presentations


  • Meetings & Minutes


  • Planning Resources

North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program Planning Handbook


  • FEMA Guidelines & Fact Sheets

FEMA Mitigation Ideas

FEMA Flooding Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning

FEMA Integrating Historic Properties

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Fact Sheet

FEMA Nature Based Solutions

Additional Resources

For more information about relevant data sources and other tools for understanding flood risk, including the effects of storm surge, coastal flooding, and sea level rise, please visit the following state and national websites:




Program Sponsor

Thank you to N.C. Division of Coastal Management (DCM)’s North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP) for providing technical and financial assistance to advance coastal resilience efforts for the Town of Leland. This program is funded in collaboration by:

Latest News

Public Meeting: Wednesday August 25, 2021 at 6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Hybrid Meeting
    • In person: Cape Fear Meeting Room in Town Hall (102 Town Hall Drive)
    • Online: Microsoft Teams & Youtube - links to come soon!

Public Survey: Open Until September 2021

CAT Meeting #1: July 7, 2021