Hazard Overlay Districts

master planning

The Hazard Overlay District project will develop a guide to help at-risk coastal communities become more resilient to natural hazards. Hazard Overlay Districts will employ a range of risk reduction strategies to help reduce the effects of natural hazards such as floods, storm surge, wind, and coastal erosion. The project is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of University Programs and the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

unabridged Architecture is responsible for developing adaptation strategies and illustrating their applications, as well as methods for implementation. Three pilot communities were consulted in the planning process: Pass Christian, MS, Biloxi, MS, and Mobile AL.


North Carolina State University
unabridged Architecture
MSU Gulf Coast Community Design Studio