TNJ Intitute: Community Rating Systems Peer Exchange

APA New Jersey Chapter


Monday, April 3, 2017
9:45 a.m. - noon EDT

Newark, NJ, United States

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This workshop is designed as a peer exchange for counties and municipalities in Northern New Jersey to make them more aware of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS) and the benefits it can bring to property owners in flood plain areas. The workshop will highlight several counties in our region with CRS User Groups that already provide support to local communities taking advantage of the CRS Program to improve resiliency.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 15; 9:30 to Noon

WHERE: NJTPA Board Room – 1 Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark, NJ

9:30 – to 9:40 – Welcome – Mary K. Murphy, Executive Director, NJTPA

9:45 to 10:15 – Community Rating System Overview – Marianne Luhrs, AICP, Natural Hazards Program Specialist/Regional CRS Coordinator, FEMA

10:15 to 11:00 – The Local Experience: Jason Botcher, GIS Specialist, Hudson County; Joe Barris, Assistant Director of Planning, Monmouth County; Margaret Murnane, Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management; Mark Villinger, Principal Planner, Ocean County

11:00 to 12:00 – Q&A/Discussion and Next Steps – Facilitated by Jeff Perlman, NJTPA



Marianne Luhrs, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Marianne Luhrs, AICP Hazard Mitigation Specialist Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch, Mitigation Division Marianne joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2010 and since that time has served in several positions. She most recently joined the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch as a Floodplain Manager and Community Rating System Regional ... Read More

Margaret Brooks

Confirmed Speaker

Margaret Murnane Brooks is a Deputy Coordinator in the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management where she has served since 2012; with a total of 20 years of service in the County. She received a BS from West Chester University. She sits on the Executive Board of the New Jersey ... Read More

Joseph Barris, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Joe Barris, PP/AICP/CFM, is the Assistant Director of Planning for Monmouth County, NJ where he has served in various professional capacities since June 2003. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and a MCRP from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. As ... Read More

Jason Bottcher, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jason Bottcher is a life-long Hudson County resident who has served as the Hudson County Division of Planning’s GIS Specialist since 2012. Jason’s primary role is focused on expanding the role GIS plays throughout the county. In this capacity, Jason found himself working on numerous flood and Superstorm ... Read More

Mark Villinger, AICP

Confirmed Speaker


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