Welcome to the webpage of the APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning (HMRP) Committee. Through this page, we’ll keep you updated on mitigation and recovery planning and events in New Jersey. The committee s a group of planners, related professions and representatives from key government and NGO organizations who have an interest and/or expertise in mitigation and recovery planning. We have identified two primary tracks for this year’s work agenda: 1) to provide planning services to communities and our professional membership; and, 2) to pursue a dialogue with state, local and federal officials on long-term, sustainable planning policies that reduce risk and loss of life and property.
On June 20, 2013, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force launched Rebuild by Design – a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region.
Floodplain easements and buy-out programs are available to interested property owners in flood prone areas. Through the Emergency Watershed Protection program – Floodplain Easement, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide up to $124.8 million for the purchase of floodplain easements to restore Sandy-impacted lands to their natural condition.
Please join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 1pm – 2:30pm for an online webinar addressing climate change. Living in a state that is on pace to bear the impacts of climate change more quickly and harshly than others, New Jersey planners should be familiar with the most current research and best practices. (CM | 1.5)
The DCA guidelines specify that all grant projects are to be managed by planners with AICP/PP credentials. This is an important opportunity for NJ planners to provide leadership in recovery planning efforts by partnering with mitigation specialists, floodplain managers, and other professionals.
APA-NJ is working in partnership with the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance to undertake an online survey of New Jersey planners to better understand your perspectives regarding climate change impacts and actions that are needed to address those impacts.
To further help the revitalization of Superstorm Sandy-impacted communities, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced the $5 million allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds for the Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program. This grant program is available for counties and municipalities to hire licensed planners to assist in formulating long-term rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.