APA Interact August 25, 2021

This Week at APA
August 25, 2021
What is the role of rebuilding and recovery process in your community? Disasters provide important opportunities for proactive planning in which the community emerges more resilient from subsequent hazard events. This Zoning Practice summarizes the zoning-related challenges faced in post-disaster situations, how to prepare now for future disasters, and opportunities to learn what other communities have achieved by modifying zoning procedures and standards.
This issue is open to everyone, thanks to financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Cascading Hazards
The falling dominoes of climate change

An increase in back-to-back natural disasters — also known as cascading hazards — in recent years has left communities struggling to rebound. Learn how planners can help mitigate the risks of cascading hazards with a different approach to resiliency.
Resilient Communities
Planning the wildland urban interface

More than one-third of the U.S. population lives in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Learn how the land-use decisions that planners shape can help build communities that are safer and more resilient to wildfire in this PAS Report.
Policy Guide
New approach to mitigation, adaptation, and recovery

The worsening climate crisis has intensified the effects of disasters on communities. APA's Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide empowers a new approach to hazard mitigation, adaptation, and recovery thinking centered on equity and established research for resiliency standards, man-made disasters, and natural disasters.
Complementary Policies
Building resilience through plan integration

How can planners ensure that the local network of plans is internally consistent, streamlined, and building local resilience? APA's ongoing research partnership with the University of North Carolina's Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) aims to find out.

This edition of PAS Memo is available free to all thanks to a partnership with the University of North Carolina's Coastal Resilience Center and financial support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Urban greening benefits

Vacant lots can help bolster climate-resilience, equitable access to nature, and economic opportunity. Hear how the National Wildlife Federation and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society piloted an urban greening model to advance these goals, and get actionable advice for using similarly low-cost, high-impact solutions in your own communities.
Legal implications of rising seas
Friday, September 3, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT

Climate change and sea-level rise fundamentally alter the risks of flooding, necessitating correlative changes in how we think about and implement planning and policy to avoid flood risk. This Planning Information Exchange webinar will focus on sea level rise from the perspective of local governments, the legal implications of rising seas, and how communities can adequately adapt to sea level rise. CM | 1.5
Policy and Advocacy Conference
September 29-30

Make your voice heard

Have you registered for Policy and Advocacy Conference yet? This completely unique, virtual event features Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, where you get to video conference with your Congressional elected officials about issues affecting your community. You've still got time to register for the All-Access pass — this gets you a guaranteed Planners' Day meeting, session recordings, and more at the best price. Register by September 7.
AUGUST 30: Comments due on the Planning Accreditation Board's proposed amendment to its Accreditation Standards.

SEPTEMBER 7: All-Access pass registration deadline for the 2021 Policy and Advocacy Conference.

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