Urban resilience, the capacity of commu nities to thrive, adapt and prosper regardless of any shocks they might experience has received steadily increasing attention in recent years primarily because of the steadily increasing frequency and ferocity of climatically influenced events. Attention and dialogue have crystallized into information sharing international networks such as the 100 Resilient Cities Network (of which 15 are American), ICLEI’s multiyear resilient cities program, HUD’s climate change and economic resilience programs. Resilient Communities for America, the 11 federal resilience initiatives and 25 commitments by private sector entities announced by the White House on May 10 2016 as well as numerous state and local place based initiatives.
Urban resilience, however, is about much more than strategizing to prepare for, respond to and rebound from natural disasters and climatic shifts. It is equally about building the strong economic base, heathy society and natural and manmade infrastructure systems which facilitate such resilience and which also ensure long term viability and prosperity. Addressing resiliency challenges balances affordable housing, aging populations, crime, education, health employment considerations against issues resulting from aging infrastructure, green infrastructure, energy and food shortages, wildfires, floods, landslides, seismic activity etc.
Planning, with its supporting land use and zoning policy, has a significant role to play in these deliberations. In addition to existing zoning tools such as inclusionary zoning, performance based building codes and performance (flexible) zoning bylaws, form based codes, density transfer mechanisms, agricultural easements, hazard mapping, adaptive reuse strategies etc. etc. etc there are a number of emerging and growing initiatives that do not reference resiliency directly but which actually inform it, influence it and improve it.
The challenge to local legislators then, is to familiarize themselves with this vast amount of information and activity and integrate it into the existing zoning structure. In this webinar, our expert speaker Doug Pollard will provide a solid foundation for addressing this challenge
Informative initiatives that it will present include:
Such initiatives are themselves informed by increasingly ubiquitous and viable practices and concepts such as urban and vertical farming, renewable energy usage (there are now a number of communities using 100% renewable energy sources), buildings as infrastructure and hospitals as motherships, high efficiency district energy systems that enable neighborhoods to function independently and various strategies to preserve and/or restore green spaces and natural elements and integrate them into an infrastructure system.
This webinar will begin with a review of the essence of a number of resilience strategies and plans with a focus on those aspects with the most direct relationships to land use and zoning. It will then summarize those initiatives and planning approaches which can inform land use and zoning decisions that have a bearing on community resilience and, in particular, identify the synergies between these various programs, tools, technologies and activities which a community can use in developing their own “resilience zoning”.
This is a highly illustrated webinar which provides a carefully balanced overview of the work of numerous professionals, national and international institutions and relates it to the past and current output of local politicians and legislators from the USA. Methodologies and data from actual plans and strategies are used to illustrate how this large body of knowledge and experience can be interpreted for use in the local context and how it can provide both short term and long term benefits.
This program will introduce and describe:
Who Should Attend
Anyone who can affect or is affected by municipal land use decisions:
Doug operated his own architectural practices for 25 years in Toronto, Ontario, before joining CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) as a senior researcher in sustainable community planning in 1998. In that role and later as senior analyst in the CMHC International division he managed a number of sustainable p... More info