Norfolk’s resilience strategy contains actionable recommendations to face and respond to our current and future challenges and capitalize on our strengths and opportunities. The actions that support the strategy are diverse, but all of them are a commitment to a new way of doing business—collective and coordinated action to build resilience. Below, you can learn about the initiatives that are already underway.
Retain Your Rain
Norfolk residents learn how they can be part of building a more resilient Norfolk through a citywide, systemic approach to water management.
In collaboration with the Norfolk Master Gardeners, Bayview Civic League, Bay View Elementary, and Norfolk Master Naturalists, the City of Norfolk hosted its second Retain Your Rain workshop at Bay View Elementary School in Spring 2017! The green infrastructure installed by volunteers will capture 600 gallons of rainwater.
The City of Norfolk launched a Retain Your Rain Mini Grant Pilot last fall that offered up to $2,000 to a neighborhood organization to install green infrastructure. Northside Civic League's proposal for a 'rain retention food forest' was selected for the Pilot. In December, Northside Civic League planted the food forest at Mary Calcott Elementary School. The food forest will absorb over 3,000 gallons of stormwater in addition to providing fresh food and vegetables to the neighborhood. Read more. Watch a video.
Strengthening Neighborhoods Pilot
The final phase of the Citywide Affordable Housing Study conducted in 2016-2017 included recommendations for strengthening neighborhoods. Beginning this year, the City will launch a pilot in targeted neighborhoods where the housing market is showing strength, but could tip toward weakness without proper investment. In these “tipping point neighborhoods” the city will deploy a series of tools designed to increase home ownership, promote small rental revitalization, and create new rental housing. Existing city programs such as Renovate Norfolk, will be paired with new programs, such as Small Rental Rehabilitation, with the goal of moving the housing market in a positive direction.