This program has been registered with LA CES by the New York Upstate
Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architec...
Climate Smart Planning
Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force
Libby Murphy
Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell WRI

NY U...
Outline
• Hudson River Estuary Program
• Kingston flooding task force
• Climate Smart Planning
• Wrap up
• How you can get...
Hudson River Estuary
Program

Core Mission

• Ensure clean water
• Protect and restore fish, wildlife, and their
habitats
...
Climate Change & The Hudson River Estuary
Program
• Climate Smart Communities
• Flooding Task Forces
• Watershed Resilienc...
Kingston Flooding Task
Force
Pilot community for Climate Smart Planning
Climate smart?
Community-driven process
TF uses a variety of tools to reach
consensus:
• Participatory mapping
• Surveys
• Dot voting
• Vulnerability and risk ass...
This assessment can assist the Flooding
Task Force in completing initial objectives
• “Identify overlaps, minimize conflic...
The tool covers 5 areas of municipal
planning:
1. Risk and vulnerability assessments
2. Public outreach and engagement
3. ...
What does the Climate Smart Planning assessment
look like?
Climate Smart Planning - Process
• Examine all existing relevant planning documents
• Meet with appropriate municipal staf...
Kingston has many strengths
in terms of planning
Multiple activities illustrate Kingston’s
commitment to its waterfront
• Kingston Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan ...
Multiple activities illustrate Kingston’s
commitment to its waterfront
• Natural Resources Inventory / Open Space Plan (in...
The process requires engagement from
municipal decision-makers
• Planning Director
• Fire Chief
• Police Chief
• County Em...
Three areas of opportunities were
revealed for Kingston to incorporate floodpreparedness
Planning
Zoning, building codes a...
Shorter-term opportunities for
Kingston

Planning

• Set goal for flood resilience in the Kingston 2025 Plan & more
• Inco...
Shorter-term opportunities for Kingston

Zoning, building codes, and
regulation

• Revise zoning in Kingston 2025 Comp Pla...
Shorter-term opportunities for Kingston

Outreach and collaboration
• Collaborate with other waterfront communities
• Take...
Consider integrating key opportunities in
final recommendations to the city
Wrap up
• Climate Smart Planning is a tool for municipal planners and consultants
• Useful at the beginning of a planning ...
Interested in learning more?
• DEC’s Climate Smart Planning tool
• Sign up for the Estuary Program’s Climate Resiliency
ne...
Thank
you.

Libby Murphy

Hudson River Estuary Program
Phone: (845) 256-3153
Email: ecmurphy@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS Depart...
This program has been registered with LA CES by the New York Upstate
Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architec...
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As presented to the APA / ASLA annual NY chapter conference in September, 2013. Tool adopted by the NYS DEC Office of Climate Change.

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  • How CSP has assisted the TF process and highlighted opportunities
  • Now I will take you through how one community is looking at building its climate resilience through adapting to flooding. How they used CSP to assist them in this mission.
  • Kingston is piloting CSP for NYS
  • This is tool that can and should be used by municipal planners and consultants in the early stages of writing comprehensive and other relevant plans.
    Essentially a checklist to identify gaps
  • Review assessment for key areas of strength and opportunity. By opportunity I mean items that could use more action or received mixed responses.
  • Even with all Kingston is doing (more than many cities), the CSP tools immediately highlighted where more work was needed.
  • Beyond filling out the assessment, the process opens a dialogue and creates buy-in from amongst key decisionmakers
  • Broken down by long and short term. Here are some examples of shorter term opportunities that surfaced.
  • -Describe coastal hazards and other climate hazards relevant to Kingston and set a goal for flood resilience in the Kingston 2025 Comprehensive Plan and other city plans.
    -Incorporate flood risk, flood-mitigation goals, and priorities for climate resilience into departmental requests for capital improvement funds.
    -Incorporate findings from the Rondout-Hudson Waterfront Flooding Task Force into the Ulster County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Tidal Rondout Creek Watershed Management Plan and other relevant plans.
  • -Revise zoning in Kingston 2025 to address flood risk.
    -Evaluate options to reduce the impact of increasing flood insurance rates on the community. Consider becoming active in the NFIP’s Community Rating System to reduce insurance rates for residents and businesses.
  • -Share risk assessments and findings from the Rondout-Hudson Waterfront Flooding Task Force with all appropriate officials in Kingston and neighboring communities and with county officials.
    -Take advantage of training opportunities from federal, state and local partners to improve staff understanding of tools available to help plan for and respond to flood emergencies.
    -Improve public outreach on storm preparedness and flood-mitigation options for families, structures and facilities.
    -Consider installing more high-water-mark signs in the waterfront area to educate the community about flood risk.
  • Even with all Kingston is doing (more than many cities), the CSP tools immediately highlighted where more work was needed. (Connect each point to Kingston story)
  • Talk to HREP for guidance and opportunities on stormwater management, climate adaptation, biodiversity resilience and more!
  • Climate Smart Resiliency Planning tool

    1. 1. This program has been registered with LA CES by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. As a Registered Provider with the LA CES System, credits earned on completion of this program will be reported to LA CES. Certificates of Completion for non-ASLA members are available on request.
    2. 2. Climate Smart Planning Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force Libby Murphy Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell WRI NY Upstate Chapter APA+ASLA September 25, 2013 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    3. 3. Outline • Hudson River Estuary Program • Kingston flooding task force • Climate Smart Planning • Wrap up • How you can get involved
    4. 4. Hudson River Estuary Program Core Mission • Ensure clean water • Protect and restore fish, wildlife, and their habitats • Provide water recreation and river access • Adapt to climate change • Conserve world-famous scenery
    5. 5. Climate Change & The Hudson River Estuary Program • Climate Smart Communities • Flooding Task Forces • Watershed Resiliency – Watershed planning – Green infrastructure – Assessing culverts for correct sizing – Assessing dams for removal or repair – Trees for Tribs (stream buffer restoration) • Biodiversity Resiliency
    6. 6. Kingston Flooding Task Force Pilot community for Climate Smart Planning
    7. 7. Climate smart?
    8. 8. Community-driven process
    9. 9. TF uses a variety of tools to reach consensus: • Participatory mapping • Surveys • Dot voting • Vulnerability and risk assessments • Cost Benefit Analysis • Climate Smart Planning assessment
    10. 10. This assessment can assist the Flooding Task Force in completing initial objectives • “Identify overlaps, minimize conflicts and enhance opportunities… • …be cognizant of overall communication and coordination… • …don’t duplicate, learn from other processes.”
    11. 11. The tool covers 5 areas of municipal planning: 1. Risk and vulnerability assessments 2. Public outreach and engagement 3. Planning integration 4. Disaster preparedness and recovery 5. Hazard mitigation implementation
    12. 12. What does the Climate Smart Planning assessment look like?
    13. 13. Climate Smart Planning - Process • Examine all existing relevant planning documents • Meet with appropriate municipal staff • Complete and review assessment • Final group discussion and review • Present to the Task Force to inform final recommendations
    14. 14. Kingston has many strengths in terms of planning
    15. 15. Multiple activities illustrate Kingston’s commitment to its waterfront • Kingston Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (2012) • Stormwater Ordinance and Flood Overlay Zone • Waterfront Brownfield Opportunity Area Study (2010) • Tidal Rondout Creek Watershed Management Plan (in process) • East Strand Street Flooding and Stormwater Management Analysis (in process) • Harbor Management Plan (in process)
    16. 16. Multiple activities illustrate Kingston’s commitment to its waterfront • Natural Resources Inventory / Open Space Plan (in process) • Parks & Rec Master Plan (in process) • GEIS for Brownfields along the Rondout (in process) • Hudson Landing AVR Promenade - $5.8M cost (NYS funding of $1.2 M) • Waterfront Rail Refurbishment Grant • Hazard Mitigation Grants LOIs
    17. 17. The process requires engagement from municipal decision-makers • Planning Director • Fire Chief • Police Chief • County Emergency Manager • Head of Economic Development • City Engineer • Parks & Recreation staff
    18. 18. Three areas of opportunities were revealed for Kingston to incorporate floodpreparedness Planning Zoning, building codes and regulation Outreach and collaboration
    19. 19. Shorter-term opportunities for Kingston Planning • Set goal for flood resilience in the Kingston 2025 Plan & more • Incorporate climate resilience into dept. capital improvements • Incorporate findings into city and regional plans
    20. 20. Shorter-term opportunities for Kingston Zoning, building codes, and regulation • Revise zoning in Kingston 2025 Comp Plan to include flood risk • Evaluate options to reduce the impact of increasing flood insurance rates
    21. 21. Shorter-term opportunities for Kingston Outreach and collaboration • Collaborate with other waterfront communities • Take advantage of training and tools • Conduct public outreach in Flood Hazard District • Consider installing more high-water-mark signs
    22. 22. Consider integrating key opportunities in final recommendations to the city
    23. 23. Wrap up • Climate Smart Planning is a tool for municipal planners and consultants • Useful at the beginning of a planning process • Clearly highlights areas of opportunity to be more climate prepared • Also identifies areas of strength
    24. 24. Interested in learning more? • DEC’s Climate Smart Planning tool • Sign up for the Estuary Program’s Climate Resiliency newsletter! http://goo.gl/GYvVs2 (case sensitive)
    25. 25. Thank you. Libby Murphy Hudson River Estuary Program Phone: (845) 256-3153 Email: ecmurphy@gw.dec.state.ny.us NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    26. 26. This program has been registered with LA CES by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. As a Registered Provider with the LA CES System, credits earned on completion of this program will be reported to LA CES. Certificates of Completion for non-ASLA members are available on request.

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