Planning and Zoning Continuing Education Credit Opportunities for July

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) will facilitate the following continuing education session for planning officials and employees during the next month.
These 1.5 hour webinar sessions qualify for the Continuing Education credits required of elected officials, board and commission members and employees involved in planning and zoning matters that have already completed the mandated orientation training.
Registration is not required but appreciated.

For more information, please contact:
Vonie Gilreath
Senior Planner/Mobility Manager
(843) 529-0400 ext. 202

Bag lunches are welcome during the webinars

DATE: Friday – July 17, 2015

TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments
1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100, North Charleston, SC

TOPIC: “Tools to Visualize and Plan for Coastal Hazard Resilience”

A major challenge for U.S. coastal and Great Lakes communities is planning for the impacts of current and future flood hazards. Quite a few counties continue to add residents and development at a time when planners are striving to safeguard natural resources and area economies, prepare for intensified natural hazards, and adapt to climate change impacts such as sea level rise. The first step in planning for these impacts is to understand your community’s exposure. Planners and decision makers need an easy-to-use and informative way to show potential impacts of lake level changes in the Great Lakes; ways to visualize and display where people, places, and natural resources are at risk from flooding along the coastline; and information about land cover change in order to improve understanding of past management practices, in order to effectively respond to environmental and human induced changes now and in the future. Tools planners are using to address these challenges can be found online Digital Coast, which hosts free data along with the training and tools needed to turn that data into useful information. Both the American Planning Association and the National Association of Counties are partners in the Digital Coast effort, which is led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During the webinar easily accessible web-based products will be discussed as well as case studies of how they have been applied. From this webinar participants will learn about the Lake Level Viewer, Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper, C-CAP land cover data, and C-CAP Land Cover Atlas


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