You'll learn about:
How to spatially evaluate networks of plans to reduce hazard vulnerability
Case studies of common gaps in policies across networks of plans
How to identify opportunities to reduce future hazard exposure through smarter and more consistent plans
Prior to the destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy, at least one New Jersey city’s hazard-mitigation plan called for acquisitions and buy-outs in high-hazard areas, while the comprehensive plan set goals to increase investments in the same location. These plans were not only incompatible but also increased hazard vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, this is commonplace in planning practice as the “network” of local plans—the inventory of comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, small area plans, or other functional plans which govern local land use—often lack the integration required to reduce vulnerability to hazards effectively. How can we do better?
This session will walk you through on the newly developed user-friendly tool, the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard. The scorecard provides local planning practitioners the opportunity to identify when and where their community plans are in conflict, as well as how well they target the most vulnerable areas of the community. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be better able to inform the public and decision-makers about opportunities to strengthen local hazard mitigation planning and reduce aggregate risk for the community by improving the integration, consistency, and responsiveness of their networks of plans.
About the Speakers
Philip R. Berke is a Professor of land use and environmental planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He is the Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station. He has recently served on the Committee on Coastal Risk Reduction of the National Research Council\National Academies of Sciences, and the Review Panel for the International Program on Climate Change (IPCC) on Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. He is currently an environmental planning consultant for Louisiana's Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration, and recently served on the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability. For over 30 years Berke has taught students in professional graduate programs in city and regional planning that includes courses ranging from land use planning to community disaster resiliency, and urban development impact assessment to applied planning workshops that engage community partners to solve local problems. He has given dozens of seminars to practitioners associated with organizations such as the American Planning Association, FEMA, NOAA, US Forest Service, and North Carolina Bar Association, and international organizations throughout the world such as the International Association of China Planning, French Association for the Prevention of Natural Disasters, and New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. Professor Berke received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.
Jaimie Masterson, AICP
Jaimie Hicks Masterson, AICP is Program Coordinator of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University, a high-impact service learning program that works alongside underserved communities to plan for future resilience. She is author of Planning for Community Resilience: A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters, which focuses on hazard mitigation strategies and tools for government officials, planners, and emergency mangers that can be incorporated pre-disaster. She designed and developed curriculum of a 14-hour workshop, held around the country, on pre-disaster planning (Preparing for Change: Building Resilient Communities) with APA Planner’s Training Service (PTS) (60 attendees, 4 courses). This curriculum was later video-recorded and is available from Planetizen. Masterson also consults with small communities to develop comprehensive plans, economic development plans, and other planning needs where resilience practices are folded and infused into plans and other community initiatives. Additionally, Masterson authored the Rapid Disaster Recovery Housing Program Report (RAPIDO) which identifies disaster recovery policy recommendations, a technical guide for program implementation, and a program comparison of current disaster recovery challenges and successes. The RAPIDO program focuses on pre-disaster and post-disaster planning strategies for local jurisdictions and social service organizations.
Darrin Punchard is the principal and owner of Punchard Consulting LLC. He is an urban planner, floodplain manager, and resilience strategy consultant who has spent his entire career working with local communities and other clients to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters. He has 20 years of experience in hazard mitigation planning with specialized expertise in risk assessment, risk communication, benefit-cost analysis, and the development of actionable strategies that include structural and non-structural measures for risk reduction. Darrin prepared some of the nation’s first federally-approved hazard mitigation plans following passage of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and to date has assisted more than 500 communities in similar efforts, with emphasis on integrated and participatory planning processes. Darrin’s public service career includes serving as the state hazard mitigation officer for North Carolina, and as a local and state hazard mitigation planner in Florida. He is a co-founder and advisory board member for the Hazard Mitigation & Disaster Recovery Division of the American Planning Association, and he served six years on the board of directors for the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association.
J. Barry Hokanson
J. Barry Hokanson, AICP, has more than 45 years of urban planning experience with agencies in California, Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois concerning environmental and development regulations, building codes, transportation planning, strategic planning, community development, economic development, stormwater management, and post-disaster recovery planning. Prior to work as a subcontractor in FEMA’s community recovery program for Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and New York (2005 to 2014), Mr. Hokanson held executive positions in regions such as Kansas City, Chicago and Dallas. He is active in organizations such as the American Planning Association, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. In 2013 he was appointed to a committee of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, for Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community’s Public Health, Medical and Social Services. He also served as one of five authors of an APA guidebook on disaster recovery (PAS 576, published 2014). In 2015 Mr. Hokanson was elected chair of the new APA Division, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa.