Experts Gather in Houston for Public Discussion, Tuesday, Feb. 6
Feb. 5, 2018
Interested in how buying out hopelessly flood-prone buildings can help with our flooding problem?
Experts on this issue from across the country will be gathering in Houston tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6, for a public discussion titled “Buyout Best Practices in the Wake of Harvey.”
The free public program is sponsored by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium. The conference is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street in Houston. Though free, registration is required. Register here.
According to a statement from the nonprofit Consortium, “there is a broader opportunity for buyouts to be a part of a comprehensive multi-purpose strategy for assuring more resilient and livable neighborhoods, through coordination with flood control infrastructure, parks, and housing.”
The discussion topics will include:
- How to work with (and around) federal requirements
- How to coordinate with different agencies
- How to utilize buyouts as part of an overall neighborhood strategy
- How to address housing issues
- How to build community support
Experts on the panel are:
- Dave Canaan, Mecklenburg County
- Tom Chapman, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Molly O’Toole, PE, Molly O’Toole & Associates, LTD.
- Gavin Smith, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Rachel Wider, New York State Homes and Community Renewal