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Subdivision Design for Flood Resilience, Part One

Subdivision Design for Flood Resilience, Part One
Content Type: Course
Recorded on 3/31/2020

Subdivisions are being designed and developed all over the country yet most of them are not accounting for flood risks well at all. While most communities have adopted NFIP minimum standards, those standards that apply to subdivisions are largely ineffective. Today, flood losses are increasing significantly. Why? We are literally building tomorrow's flood problems, one subdivision at a time, today.

Some communities understand this gap and have developed standards and processes to mitigate the potential for increasing flood risk in new subdivisions. ASFPM, in partnership with the American Planning Association, developed a guide based on researching these higher standards.

This course provides local, state, territorial, and tribal officials with the knowledge and skills to review proposed subdivision designs with the goal of achieving flood resilience. It will focus on standards adopting and enforcing proven, effective higher standards and incorporating tools leading to resilient subdivision design. This course will describe, in a practical manner, the subdivision review process, review NFIP minimum standards for subdivisions, identify and discuss principles for flood resilient subdivision design, and go in-depth on several higher standards that could be considered for flood resilient design. Also, two special topics - legal issues and home owners associations, are discussed in the context of subdivision design and development.
Learning objectives
  • Understand the value and applicability of higher standards for floodplain resilience
  • Identify the pitfalls of relying solely on NFIP minimum standards for subdivision design and review
  • Learn about types of higher standards for flood resilient subdivision design
  • Explain the rationale for higher standards 
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Chad Berginnis, CFM

Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012, after joining the association staff as associate director in 2011. Since 2000, he served the association as Insurance Committee chair, Mitigation Policy Committee coordinator, vice-chair, and chair. He has a Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation and land use planning at the state, local and private sector level. As a state official, Berginnis worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio's state hazard mitigation officer. As a local official, Berginnis administered planning, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private sector, he was the national practice leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Jerry Brems, CFM

Jerry Brems retired from the Licking County Planning commission after serving as its Director for more that 19 years. During his tenure, Licking County became the first Ohio County to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). Licking County became the first “Project Impact” community in Ohio in 1998. In November 2003, Licking County’s Countywide all Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan became the first multi-jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan approved by FEMA Region V. Prior to working for Licking County, Jerry worked for the Ohio Department of Natural resources in the Floodplain Planning Unit assisting communities participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and was responsible for drafting State of Ohio Floodplain Management Regulations, ultimately adopted by Ohio Department of Administrative Services for managing State activities in flood hazard areas.

Learning checks, course evaluation
Credit Information
ASFPM CECs:1.5 (Learning Check Required)
AICP CMs: 1.5