Planning and Outreach Manager Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development Montpelier, Vermont
For every large-scale initiative like New York’s “Big U,” there are many small communities nationwide feeling the brunt of climate change that lack the resources for heroic design gestures. Learn how holistic approaches to planning can help small towns and “Main Streets” thrive in the aftermath of environmental disasters.
Multi-disciplinary approaches—with physical design solutions grounded in market reality and economic development—work best in disaster recovery; there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
Solutions that are realistic, culturally sensitive, and achievable for the community often require balancing difficult decisions that challenge our design and planning sensibilities.
Community engagement and dialogue must be a part of the healing process and create a springboard for action for improvements that build back the community stronger socially, economically and physically.
The formal FEMA recovery process must be addressed, and early, highly visible successes are critical for community spirit; but planning for medium and long-term recovery is essential.