APA webinar on Wednesday the 31st. “Flood mitigation in historic districts”

Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2016. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, and ASFPM as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.


Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts

January 31, 2018 | noon–1:00 p.m. CT
(starting at 1 p.m. ET, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT)

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5448190454212072961

Historic communities and districts face a number of challenges when attempting to mitigate flood hazards. The 13th webinar in the PIE series features a presentation on flood hazard mitigation in historic districts by Louisette Leonard Scott, AICP, CFM, director of planning and development for the City of Mandeville, Louisiana. Shannon Burke, manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center, will moderate.

Scott will discuss:

  • Keeping the historic context of your community intact while reducing risk through hazard mitigation
  • Embracing mitigation to protect historic properties
  • Local issues faced by planners when dealing with design standards and flood hazard areas
  • The various problems faced by homeowners associations when dealing with long-term flood hazards


Louisette Scott, AICP, CFM

Louisette Scott is the director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Mandeville, Louisiana, with over 30 years experience in city planning. As planning director, she is integrally involved in developing and administering the city’s regulations regarding all planning/zoning issues and subdivision development. The City of Mandeville has enjoyed a reputation for being proactive in landscaping, tree preservation, signage, and lighting regulations, as well as design guideline overlay districts. In 2012, the city adopted a Historic Preservation District which will continue to help in defining and preserving Mandeville’s historic character. As a coastal community, Mandeville has been addressing challenges with FEMA requirements and their impact upon the loal historic context. Scott has been influential in coordinating the design review process with local architects to meet the challenges of architectural design, historic context, and flood hazard mitigation.


Shannon Burke

As manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center, Shannon Burke oversees research projects within the center, works to secure future funding, and builds partnerships with organizations working to advance resiliency. Burke has more than 20 years of experience as a hazard mitigation consultant, FEMA specialist, and local government planner for several jurisdictions in Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office and City Planning Commission. Burke’s family was directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an experience that continues to motivate and guide her work in hazards planning. Because of Katrina, Burke has a particular interest in the power of planning to alleviate the impact of disasters on vulnerable and underserved populations. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University. She is also a board member of the a National Hazards Mitigation Association.