CLEAR 2017 Webinar Series

Climate Adaptation Legal Questions and Answers (and More Questions)

Running Time: 00:50:57


This webinar will provide answers to a number of the questions raised at Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation, a conference held by UConn CLEAR and and Connecticut Sea Grant’s Climate Adaptation Academy in late 2015. The questions, which came from the audience members during the course of a panel discussion with prominent land use attorneys, were reviewed by the Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program at Roger Williams University School of Law. The Legal Program then developed four fact sheets covering the following topics: Property and Permitting Boundaries at the Shoreline, Governmental Tort Liability for Disclosure of Flood Hazard Information, Takings and Coastal Management, and Flood and Erosion Control Structures. The CLEAR/Connecticut Sea Grant climate team will be joined by two attorneys to go over the answers and discuss the issues raised in these fact sheets, including a review of recent court decisions impacting these topics.


Bruce Hyde

Bruce Hyde

Land Use Academy Director
(860) 345-5229

Bruce Hyde is a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including reviewing land use regulations, affordable housing education and community outreach.

Bruce is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner. He has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.

Juliana Barrett

Juliana Barrett

Coastal Habitat/Resilience Educator, CT Sea Grant
(860) 405-9106

Juliana Barrett became a member of the CLEAR team in 2006. She is an Educator with Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus and the CT NEMO Program. As an ecologist, her focus is the coastal habitats of Connecticut as well as on resilience and adaptation of communities. She works with the towns and groups on the conservation, restoration and enhancement of natural areas. Juliana is developing programs to assist coastal and inland community leaders with technical matters related to the impact of land use on habitats, riparian buffers, habitat management and restoration of coastal habitats, as well as on resilience of communities to our changing climate and associated impacts.