IBTS Partners with APA to Deliver Community Planning Workshop

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, partnered with the American Planning Association (APA) to conduct the Community Planning Workshop during the 2017 APA National Planning Conference. This workshop will provide a firsthand look at one community damaged by Super Storm Sandy as well as the opportunity for participants to find unique solutions to the community’s recovery.

The Community Planning Workshop takes place on Saturday, May 6th, and will give participants an in-depth look into the strategic view at Howard Beach, south of Queens, NY. Howard Beach is surrounded by water – Jamaica Bay to the south and two tributaries, Shellbank Basin and Hawtree Basin, to the east and west. In 2012, the storm surge from Super Storm Sandy entered Howard Beach through the two basins and caused flood damage to nearly every home in this low-lying community, cutting power to the area for over three weeks.

Sandy is an extreme example, however, the area continually experiences flooding from regular wind and rain events and tidal movements. The need to find and employ a range of solutions to combat flooding is critical for residents and business owners.

This workshop will begin at Saint Barnabus Church, which had extensive damage from Super Storm Sandy, but has since been revived. Senator Joe Addabbo Jr., a life-long resident of Howard Beach, will kick off the event by speaking directly to the workshop participants about the effects Sandy had on his jurisdiction. Sen. Addabbo will be followed by a representative from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, a representative from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and a City Planner from the NYC Department of City Planning. The workshop pulls planners…

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