Post Hurricane Matthew: Resilient Redevelopment Planning in NC
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT
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This session provides will provide an overview of the Resilient Redevelopment Planning Initiative that was a result of Hurricane Matthew. Fifty North Carolina Counties participated in the initiative that was designed to help identify post disaster needs in the areas of housing, infrastructure, economic development and the environment. The effort was overseen by North Carolina Emergency Management and many of the resilience strategies identified through the process are now in the implementation phase.
This session will provide an overview of North Carolina’s Resilient Redevelopment Planning initiative that was a result of Hurricane Matthew’s impacts on the state in 2016. Speakers will discuss project successes and challenges to date and explore potential next steps in advancing resilience in North Carolina.
The Resilient Redevelopment Planning initiative was created through Session Law 2016-124 (HB-2, The Disaster Recovery Act of 2016) and was designed to facilitate and oversee the generation of Resilient Redevelopment Plans for the 50 counties and municipalities impacted by Hurricane Matthew and receiving federal declarations. The objectives of the effort were to:
(1) develop strategic, resilient redevelopment plans / actions; and
(2) define any unmet funding requirements needed to implement such actions after taking into account other funding sources.
The resulting resilient redevelopment plans, will be the foundation for any supplemental funding received through Congress, the North Carolina General Assembly, and other funding sources. The plans also provided the foundation for the state’s Recovery Action Plan that was required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before the state can expend the funding received from the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) program.
To support the initiative, NCEM assembled a wealth of data, resources, and technical expertise from state agencies, the private sector, and the UNC system to support the development of innovative best practice strategies that might be implemented. The focus areas of these strategies were:
(2) economic development;
(3) infrastructure; and,
NCEM also leveraged efficient, interactive technologies such as GIS, SharePoint, and the Internet to enable real-time, robust analysis, local government interaction and public input. Information on the entire planning process is available online at rebuild.nc.gov.
The planning process was highly collaborative effort and entailed four robust rounds of discovery, analysis, collaboration and interaction with County officials, staff, municipal leaders and the public on damage, needs, and identification of resilience strategies. These rounds entailed on-site meetings and discussion with subject matter experts and planners.
The plans were completed in May of 2017 and implementation of identified resilience strategies is now ongoing.
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