Now Available from APA Learn
This course is now offered on the APA Learn educational platform.
How to spatially evaluate networks of plans to reduce hazard vulnerability.
Case studies of common gaps in policies across networks of plans.
How to identify opportunities to reduce future hazard exposure through smarter and more consistent plans.
Prior to the destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy, at least one New Jersey city’s hazard-mitigation plan called for acquisitions and buy-outs in high-hazard areas, while the comprehensive plan set goals to increase investments in the same location. These plans were not only incompatible but also increased hazard vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, this is commonplace in planning practice as the “network” of local plans—the inventory of comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, small area plans, or other functional plans which govern local land use—often lack the integration required to reduce vulnerability to hazards effectively. How can we do better?
This session walks through the newly developed user-friendly tool, the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard. The scorecard provides local planning practitioners the opportunity to identify when and where their community plans are in conflict, as well as how well they target the most vulnerable areas of the community. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be better able to inform the public and decision-makers about opportunities to strengthen local hazard mitigation planning and reduce aggregate risk for the community by improving the integration, consistency, and responsiveness of your networks of plans.