2018 Planning Webcast Series 

Upcoming Webcasts – all are are approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits:


November 30 – Note different time: 2PM Eastern

Planning and the Black Community Division

In Retrospect - Hurricane Harvey and the Impact on African-American Neighborhoods

Speakers: Derek Hull, Rick Flanagan, Joy Semien

For many people living near the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast line, August 25, 2017 will always be a day to remember. On this day, twenty-seven trillion gallons of water began to pour into the region as the category four hurricane, Harvey, traveled along the Coast line (Zarracina, 2017). The havoc caused by Hurricane Harvey affected tens of thousands of people living within the region destroying homes, and business forcing thousands to evacuate into shelters. This massive 1,000-year storm destroyed over 40,000 homes and caused over $125 billion in damages (Blake, 2018; FEMA, 2017). As the people residing within this geographical region began to rebuild, one area of interest worth examining is the equitability of the preparedness, response, and recovery processes among minority populations, specifically African Americans. Historically, research has shown that “low-income communities and communities of color don’t get the necessary protection (Bullard, 2017).” It was clear throughout Hurricane Harvey as the local and national media highlighted areas of Houston that did not contain a high minority population, despite Houston’s overall diversity. This study uses a combination of GIS mapping, informal interviews, and content analysis to examine the impacts Hurricane Harvey had on the Black Community, specifically in historically African American communities in Houston, Texas. The paper will discuss the measures that the local, state, and federal governments used to prepare, respond, and rebuild the community. In addition, the paper will discuss any disproportionate impacts and injustices that the Black community endured to decide if the African American population was more or less prepared than their counterparts. Hear from the PBCD Fellow who conducted the research, City officials and leading Hazard Mitigation educators discuss Hurricane Harvey and its impact on the Black community.

December 5 – 1PM Eastern Time

Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division

Planning for Wildfire Resiliency

Speaker: Molly Mowery, AICP

From 1980 through October 2018, there have been 16 wildfire events with losses exceeding $1 billion. At the same time, the total footprint of the wildland-urban interface is growing, as are the number of homes in that interface. This has implications for wildfire and emergency management, as a growing number of people are in harm’s way. This webinar will explore the role of planners and land use planning in building communities resilient to wildfires.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider. 

Distance Education – These two recorded webcasts from 2017 have been selected for AICP CM DE credit for viewing anytime during the 2018 calendar year. 

Law:          Images, Creative Commons and Copyright – Urban Design and Preservation Division.  Event #9143138

Ethics:      Queer and the Conversation: The Ethics of Inclusion – LGBTQ and Planning Division.  Event #9143146

Remember that the event numbers for DE credits are different from those for the live sessions. 

W. Randall Johnson, AICP

Western Central Chapter PDO

Manager, Subdivision and Zoning

Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development

311 West Main Street, Rm. 108

Bozeman, MT  59715

406.582.3130 phone

406.582.3135 fax