Coastal Hazards and Smart Growth

Zoning Practice — January 2011

By John Jacob, PhD, Thomas Pacello


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This article explains how smart growth principles embodied by places such as the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Strand in Galveston can support resilience to coastal hazards.


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Jan. 1, 2011
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About the Authors

John Jacob, PhD
Dr. John Jacob is the director of the Texas Coastal Watershed Program, and Professor and Extension Specialist with a joint appointment with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M Sea Grant Program and the through the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Science. His current project, Coastal CHARM (Community Health and Resource Management), focuses on enabling coastal communities in Texas to improve quality of life in cities and towns while preserving and enhancing the natural coastal environment. Jacob holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, all in soils and natural resources. He is registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the State of Texas and is a Professional Wetland Scientist. The Texas Coastal Watershed Program provides education and outreach to local governments and citizens about the impact of land use on watershed health and water quality. The TCWP currently has 12-15 staff members with programs in sustainable urban planning, watershed management, habitat restoration, sustainable landscapes, and water quality issues.

Thomas Pacello