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There’s a name for this kind of relocation plan: managed retreat.
Although Washington doesn’t call it “managed retreat,” the U.S. government has been quietly relocating vulnerable residents for decades through post-storm property buyout programs.
In some instances, municipalities will sweeten the pot by providing extra funding if all homeowners within a designated area participate together.
There’s no plan to subsidize prudent communities and homeowners who don’t want to wait for a disaster to take action.
First, there’s a perverse financial incentive at work: Managed retreat puts municipalities in a financial bind because their tax base decreases when homeowners move away.

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