Burlingame is poised to take a groundbreaking step to address sea level rise, with the council voicing approval this week of a new zoning map that would require rising waters to be taken into account along the Bayfront.

New buildings in low-lying areas near the water will be required to have raised first floors and some may need to build and maintain infrastructure like levees or sea walls or leave room for such infrastructure to be constructed in the future.

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