Feb. 12th: Storm Hazard Mitigation through Designing with Nature.
This webinar will explore the City of Northampton’s innovative approach to addressing storm hazards through Northampton Designs with Nature. Northampton, Massachusetts is home to 28,549 residents with a total land area of approximately 22,849 acres. During the past five years, Northampton has seen significant areas of development including the redevelopment of the former Northampton State Hospital into Village Hill and expansion of residential projects and redevelopment of sites on the City’s highway oriented commercial strip. Northampton’s location on the Connecticut River and presence of I-91 and other major roadways was a strong determinant on the growth of the city. Green infrastructure is a critical part of a broader comprehensive system to mitigate flooding.
The webinar will examine key elements of the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan including its innovative comprehensive Climate Resiliency and Regeneration Plan. The plan is a combination of traditional, green infrastructure, and regulatory approaches designed to produce local environmental results. The webinar will explore how to advance and potentially replicate these tools and techniques for any community, including strategic and comprehensive plans, traditional flood control and stormwater infrastructure, green infrastructure, while identifying and incorporating appropriate projects, and local and regional perspectives.
Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director of Planning & Sustainability, City of Northampton, MA
Emily Slotnick, AICP, CFM, Senior Planner, Environment & Land Use, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MA
Rosalie Starvish, PE, CFM, CPMSM, Project Manager, GZA