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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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Climate Smart Resiliency Planning tool

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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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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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