Planning in a Post-Sandy World: American Planning Association Hosts Workshops on Long-term Solutions for Stronger Communities

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The American Planning Association (APA) will host a series of workshops designed to seek long-term solutions for communities in New York and New Jersey devastated by hurricane Sandy. During workshops organized by APA's Hazards Planning Research Center, nationally and internationally recognized post-disaster planning experts will meet with officials, community leaders and citizens to discuss how planning can help rebuild more resilient and storm-resistant communities.

“Through these workshops, communities can learn how comprehensive and hazard mitigation planning can help them with recovery both short- and long-term,” said James Schwab, AICP, APA Senior Research Associate.

The American Planning Association (APA) will host a series of workshops designed to seek long-term solutions for communities in New York and New Jersey devastated by hurricane Sandy.

During four of the workshops organized by APA's Hazards Planning Research Center, nationally and internationally recognized post-disaster planning experts will meet with officials, community leaders and citizens to discuss how planning can help rebuild more resilient and storm-resistant communities.

“Hurricane Sandy was one of the country’s most destructive and costliest disasters ever,” said James Schwab, AICP, APA Senior Research Associate. “Through these workshops, communities can learn how comprehensive and hazard mitigation planning can help them with recovery both short- and long-term,” he said.

Half-Day Community Recovery Forums
During these half-day workshops for local officials, community members, planners, and allied professionals, participants will learn about the essential tools needed to rebuild communities and share ideas through small discussion groups. The workshops also will examine what's happening in local neighborhoods — and what needs to happen next. Guiding the forums are representatives of APA's Hazards Planning Research Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

April 2, 2013: Brooklyn
Time:        Noon – 4:45 p.m.
Location:    Pratt Institute
Higgins Hall
1 St. James Place
Brooklyn, NY

April 3, 2013: Manhattan
Time:        Noon – 4:45 p.m.
Location:    Cornell University
AAP NYC Center
50 W. 17th St., 2nd Floor
New York City, NY

April 4, 2013 Central Jersey
Time:        Noon – 4:45 p.m.
Location:    Monmouth University
Magill Commons
400 Cedar Ave.
West Long Branch, N.J.

April 5, 2013 South Jersey
Time:        Noon – 4:45 p.m.
Location:    Stockton State College
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ

Workshop faculty includes:

  •     Barry Hokanson, AICP, was a subcontractor in FEMA's long-term recovery program from

2005 to 2011, working with communities in Louisiana, Texas, and Tennessee.

  •     Laurie Johnson, AICP, has studied most of the world's major urban disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and earthquakes on three continents. She has written extensively about the economics of catastrophes, disaster recovery, and reconstruction. Johnson was a lead author of New Orleans's post-Katrina recovery plan and coauthored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans, published by APA Planners Press.
  •     Kenneth Topping, FAICP, is internationally recognized for bringing climate change and disaster mitigation into city planning. A former Los Angeles planning director, he led California's hazard mitigation plan revision and helped New Orleans select recovery planning firms post-Katrina.
  •     Lincoln Walther, FAICP, heads the Planning Division at marine environmental consultants CSA Ocean Sciences. For more than 40 years, he has practiced community planning, hazard mitigation, and emergency management in Florida and Louisiana.
  •     James Schwab, AICP, manages the Hazards Planning Research Center at the American Planning Association, where he also serves as senior research associate and coeditor of the monthly publication Zoning Practice.

Registration for the workshops is free, but reservations are required and seating is limited. To register visit: http://www.planning.org/sandy/workshops/.

This series of free workshops is supported in part by The Planning Foundation's "Disaster Recovery and Planning" fund, and presented in partnership with APA New York Metro Chapter, APA New Jersey Chapter, the Association of State Floodplain Managers, New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, and National Association of Counties. Sponsors include Cornell University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Monmouth University, and Stockton State College.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit http://www.planning.org.

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