PIE Webinar: Flood Risk Reduction, Putting Planning Into Practice

American Planning Association


Wednesday, July 18, 2018
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT

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Moving toward plan implementation is often a difficult step for communities, especially with regard to flood hazard mitigation. However, ensuring that plans are well-integrated, policies are mutually supportive, and codes and ordinances align with community goals all play a major role in a community's aspirations of resilience.

Shannon Burke, manager of APA's Hazards Planning Center will moderate as Tanya M. Stern, deputy director for planning, engagement, and design with the District of Columbia Office of Planning, and Seth Jensen, principal planner with the Lamoille County (Vermont) Planning Commission, discuss how their communities have used tools such as plan-making, zoning and subdivision ordinances, and locally integrated policies to actualize flood disaster resilience in a land use context.

Participants will learn :

  • How to adapt plans for on the ground realities
  • Specific land use policies that promote flood resilience, and
  • How to coordinate within regions and local governments to realize long-term community resilience

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Meet the Presenters


Tanya Stern

Tanya Washington Stern is the deputy director for planning, engagement, and design at the DC Office of Planning. She is leading the integration of the topic of resilience into Washington, D.C'.s comprehensive plan for the first time. Stern also partners with district, regional, and federal agencies on climate adaptation, resilience, and flood management initiatives. In addition, she is a key agency partner for Washington, D.C.'s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. She previously served as office's chief of staff and was the project manager for the 2013 Height Master Plan. Stern has served in the government of the District of Columbia since 2004 and has held positions in the Executive Office of the Mayor, the Office of Property Management, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. She also has over 10 years of nonprofit experience. Stern holds a master's degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and she is a Certified Public Manager.


Seth Jensen

Seth Jensen is a lifelong resident of Vermont and has served as a volunteer on his local planning commission since 2005. Professionally, Jensen is the principal planner at the Lamoille County Planning Commission. Lamoille County is a predominately rural region in North/Central Vermont. Due to its topography of narrow river valleys bounded by steep hillsides, and historic development pattern of villages constructed near river confluences, Lamoille County is particularly vulnerable to flooding. Since three major floods inundated the Village of Jeffersonville, Jensen has worked with the community to integrate flood mitigation with other aspects of land use, transportation, and economic development planning.


Shannon Burke

As manager of APA's Hazards Planning Center, Shannon Burke oversees research projects within the center, works to secure future funding, and builds partnerships with organizations working to advance resiliency. Burke has more than 20 years of experience as a hazard mitigation consultant, FEMA specialist, and local government planner for several jurisdictions in Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans Mayor's Office and City Planning Commission. Burke's family was directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an experience that continues to motivate and guide her work in hazards planning. Because of Katrina, Burke has a particular interest in the power of planning to alleviate the impact of disasters on vulnerable and underserved populations. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University. She is also a board member of the a National Hazards Mitigation Association.


Shannon Burke

Shannon Burke, Manager, Hazards Planning Center. Shannon is the manager of APA's Hazards Planning Center, with more than twenty years of experience in local land use and comprehensive planning. Shannon's specializes in hazard mitigation and long-term disaster recovery planning. She has been a leader and contributor on numerous ... Read More

Tanya Stern, AICP


Seth Jensen