High and Dry on the Waterfront

Zoning Practice — November 2013

By James Schwab, FAICP


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This article discusses how coastal communities, such as New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey, are reforming development regulations to maintain the attractions of the urban shoreline while adequately protecting those areas from coastal storms and flooding.


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Nov. 1, 2013
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About the Author

James Schwab, FAICP
Jim Schwab earned MAs in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. From 1985-1990, he was assistant editor of Planning, then moved to the APA Research Department as senior research associate. From 2007-2017, he served as manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center. Since leaving APA as of May 31, 2017, he has been principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, as well as an author, speaker, and continuing his role since 2008 as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. He is an accomplished author and has been responsible in whole or in part for 11 different PAS Reports to date. In 2016, in recognition of his "pivotal role" in helping create the new subfield of hazards planning, he was inducted into FAICP. Two years later, the Association of State Floodplain Managers awarded him its highest honor, the Goddard-White Award, in recognizing his national impact on the field of floodplain management. He is currently chair of APA's Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division.