2013 NJ Regional Planning Summit Agenda

Registration
8:00 am                       Registration with coffee, tea, and Danish

Welcome
8:30 am                       Welcome — Richard Goldman, Chairman, PlanSmartNJ

Plenary Session:  State and Federal Agency Roundtable on Recovery & Resiliency Planning
8:40 am -9:45 am

      • Michele Brown, EDA CEO
      • Richard Constable, DCA Commissioner
      • Caren Franzini, former EDA Executive Director (moderator)
      • Michael Passante, NJ State Director of President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Keynote SpeakerTony Kuczinski 2433b
9:45 am – 10:45 am

The Science and the Finance:  Where are we now and where are we heading?  What Changes Do We Need to Make?  What are the cost implications? Anthony Kuczinski, CEO & President, Munich Reinsurance America Mr. Kuczinski will discuss their recent publication: “Severe Weather in North America” and financial implications of extreme weather and the importance of resilient infrastructure. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF REFERENCED REPORT: “Severe Weather in North America Perils Risks Insurance


Break
10:45 am – 11:00 am 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
11:00 am – 12:10 pm

INFRASTRUCTURE TRACK:  Investing in Our Region’s Utility and Communications Infrastructure
We all take for granted the ability to turn our lights on, heat our buildings, turn our tap on, and communicate via telephone or internet until disaster strikes and we can’t.  Our utility and communications infrastructure is critical to our well being and economic security.  This panel will discuss where our utility and communications infrastructure is vulnerable and what needs to be done to modernize our aging systems and make them more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • Marybeth Brenner, Chief of Staff, BPU (moderator) 
  • Suzanne Chiavari, Vice President Engineering, NJ American Water PRESENTATION
  • James Gerace, Head of Government & External Affairs, Verizon PRESENTATION
  • Ralph LaRossa, President and COO, PSE&G PRESENTATION
  • Tom Massaro, Vice President Marketing & Business Intelligence, NJ Natural Gas PRESENTATION

COMMUNITY REBUILDING TRACK: Fostering Regional Planning and Resiliency in the Wake of Natural Disasters

With an increasing incidence of natural disasters in our region, regional planning and resiliency planning are critical to our ability to recover from natural disasters.  Rather than reeling from crisis to crisis, NJ can mobilize disaster recovery resources and planning tools to better prepare NJ’s communities in the future.  Financial tools and planning strategies can be utilized in combination to foster long-term resiliency.  The $50 billion recently allocated to our region by Congress is only one piece of the equation.  Come learn how these funds and other strategies can be used for regional planning and sustainability.

  • Terrence Brody, Deputy Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Recovery & Rebuilding
  • Jon Carnegie, AICP, PP, Executive Director, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers (moderator)
  • David R Godschalk, PH.D, FAICP, University of North Carolina, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus PRESENTATION
  • Emily Meyer, Field Coordinator, FEMA Community Planning and Capacity Building PRESENTATION

Networking Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:05 pm – 2:15 pm

INFRASTRUCTURE TRACK:  The Role of “Green” and “Grey” Infrastructure in Creating Resilient Communities
How can we best deal with the catastrophic flooding effects that we are seeing as a result of severe weather patterns and climate change? What role do “green” (i.e. dunes, floodplains etc) and “grey” (storm barriers, etc) infrastructure play in helping to protect our built and natural environment? What strategies have been used successfully elsewhere?

  • Bill Cesanek, AICP, CDM Smith PRESENTATION
  • Lisa Dickson, PG, Vice President for Sustainability, Kleinfelder/Omni PRESENTATION
  • John Miller, Legislative Committee Chair of the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (moderator)
  • Christopher Obropta, Ph.D., Director, NJ Water Resources Research Institute, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service
  • Brendan Shane, Chief of Staff, Office of Policy and Sustainability, District Department of the Environment, Washington DC PRESENTATION

COMMUNITY REBUILDING TRACK: Local Planning & Zoning Changes to Foster Resiliency
Local planning and zoning can be a powerful tool in directing growth.  As we move beyond short-term recovery and redevelopment we need to plan for more resilient and dynamic communities.  Come hear from affected communities about changes they are planning as well as experts who have had success in adapting Master Plans, redevelopment plans, and zoning codes to foster resiliency.

  • Richard Burrow, Principal, Langan Engineering
  • David DelVecchio, Mayor of Lambertville (moderator)
  • Marilyn Lennon, Assistant Commissioner, NJDEP, PRESENTATION
  • Anthony Mercantante, Middletown Township, PRESENTATION
  • Thomas McCloskey, Esq., Fox Rothschild, PRESENTATION
  • George Vallone, Principal, Hoboken Brownstone Company, PRESENTATION

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2:20 pm – 3:30 pm

INFRASTRUCTURE TRACK: Investing in Our Region’s Transportation Infrastructure
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy was impaired by blocked roads from downed trees and debris, rail lines and subway stations were underwater preventing people from getting to and from work.  Our ports were severely impacted, blocking fuel shipments.  How should our transportation network be improved to mitigate such impacts?  How can we make our system more robust so that there are transportation alternatives?  What are the funding options to pay for these large-scale investments?

          • Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director, PANYNJ (Moderator)
          • Thomas G. Lewis, P.E., J.D. Group Vice President, U.S. Operations, The Louis Berger Group, Inc. PRESENTATION
          • Anne Strauss-Wieder, Principal, A. Strauss-Wieder, Inc. PRESENTATION
          • James Weinstein, Director, NJ Transit

COMMUNITY REBUILDING TRACK:  Fostering Inclusive Communities As We Rebuild
Many low income households may not be able to afford to rebuild.  How can we use financial and zoning tools to foster inclusive communities in areas that have been hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy?  What can we learn from communities that have lived through past natural disasters?

          • Staci Berger, Executive Director, Housing & Community Development Network of NJ PRESENTATION
          • Bishop John Gandy, President, Building One New Jersey
          • Diane Kinnane, NJ Deputy Executive Director of  the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
          • Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency PRESENTATION
          • Mayor Carey Pilato, Bound Brook PRESENTATION

Closing Speaker and Wrap UpOvink Pic
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Henk Ovink, Deputy Director General for Spatial Planning and Director of National Spatial Planning for the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (invited)

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PlanSmart NJ Remembers Outstanding Board Member Melvin R. Lehr

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