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Posted on: May 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Registration Open. Texas Citizen Planner for Local Officials: Planning and Hazards

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Local officials and staff are invited to the next Texas Citizen Planner event on the connections between good planning, hazard mitigation, and environmental stewardship. This innovative program is about integrating hazard mitigation approaches with local planning practices. The art of good planning is about injecting long-term considerations into near-term actions. Communities that integrate hazard mitigation principals and factor in long-term risks into their existing plans stand to make their communities more resilient and less prone to disasters.

June 27, 9 am - 4 pm
Hear first-person perspectives about strategic approaches other Texas communities have used to link risk management with their ongoing community planning and vision.

  • Katie Coyne, AICP, Certified Ecologist – Ecological Society of America, SITES AP, Urban Ecologist, Asakura Robinson
  • David Jackson, CEM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Mitigation Section Administrator, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Douglas Klopfenstein, Education and Oversight Specialist, Regulatory Policy Division/Windstorm Inspection Program, Texas Department of Insurance
  • Earthea Nance, PhD, PE, CFM, Associate Professor, Dept. of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University
  • Lt. David Taylor, Texas Department of Insurance – Fraud Unit
  • Manuel Villarreal, Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Ombudsman

June 28, 9 am - 1 pm
Collaborate over a live table-top interface and use local mapping data to plan hypothetical growth scenarios. Real time feedback allows participants to see the consequences of their planning decisions. The planning support tool, Community Health and Resource Management (CHARM), encourages collaborative problem solving and no GIS experience is needed. Attendance is required to receive certificate.

This event will offer two presentation topics live and two presentation topics remotely through simulcast.

Every year, hundreds of locally elected and appointed officials enter public service along the Texas Gulf Coast, and many will deal with projects and ordinances that directly influence planning and land use. These decisions have lasting impacts on the health and quality of life in the community. Most of these public officials are motivated by an ethic of service, but have limited, if any, training in the art and science of community planning. As a result, planning and other citizen boards often do not have a clear picture of how ordinances and plans can work together to achieve resiliency and smart growth in their communities and local economies. Nor do they have the amount of knowledge or resources to properly evaluate if development proposals fit with local plans, promote public safety, or conflict with natural coastal processes. The Texas Citizen Planner (TCP) program has been created to address this need.

This course results in a certificate of completion awarded by the Texas Community Watershed Partners, a program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

This project is funded in part by a Texas Coastal Management Program Grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner pursuant to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA18NOS4190153.

The registration fee includes presentation materials and lunch for both days.

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