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.
A broad cross-section of organizations and individuals expressed concern that the final disaster relief action plan for the $1.8 billion has taken an insufficient account of comments submitted to the DCA, and, as a result, the plan still requires significant improvement to ensure a sustainable and fair rebuilding that includes everybody impacted by Sandy.
The APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee seeks your help in identifiying the type and location of Sandy recovery community planning assistance in New Jersey. Through this inventory, we will be able to identify gaps and overlaps and target future assistance projects more strategically. The results will also be made available to other NGOs for their planning purposes.
On March 19 2013, the APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee submitted comments in response to the NJDCA CDBG-Disaster Recovery Action Plan to Commissioner Richard Constable. Coordination between state, federal and local agencies and building capacity to properly and effectively administer the $1.8 billion in funding was highlighted as the top priority.
Registration Open! As the lights come back on in New York and New Jersey, the region looks to the future. How can planning create a more resilient region? Who will make the tough decisions? And how will they change the way people live, work, and play along the coastal shores?
The Community Planning Assistance Program (CPAP) is looking for volunteers to participate in a team of planners on the City of Perth Amboy’s Waterfront Redevelopment and Natural Hazard Mitigation Project. This is a wonderful opportunity to assist a community in the early stages of planning their response to Hurricane Sandy.
Through its Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association agreed that it would be useful to provide the State of New Jersey guidance aimed at informing its decision-making process on how to make mitigation and recovery planning more effective. The initial focus is on what the “Gold Standard” for Mitigation Planning in New Jersey would look like.
Professional planners have an important role – and responsibility – to advise and assist their local communities in addressing the emergent housing needs – and vulnerabilities – that have become painfully apparent in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.