11 April 2014

HCPO 2014 Call for Sessions


The 2014 Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials (HCPO) open Call for Sessions deadline is Friday, 18 April 2014.  The AIA Maui is encouraging its membership to submit ideas!!

The following is a proposal for a HCPO Panel Discussion by Shichao Li at DBET:

Challenges and Alternatives to Deal with Existing Development Built in Close Proximity to the Shoreline

Short description:

Under the circumstance of climate change, Hawaiian Islands are under the challenges to deal with existing development built in close proximity to the shoreline.  This panel aims to discuss these challenges and potential solutions regarding the increasing risk of coastal hazards to existing development within the shoreline area.

Long description:

Hawaiian Islands are among the most vulnerable to coastal hazards.  Under the circumstance of climate change and severe weather, we are increasingly facing the challenges to deal with the existing development and nonconforming structures built in close proximity to the shoreline.  For example, recent coastal erosion events on Oahu, Maui and Kauai have highlighted the challenge in dealing with the existing nonconforming structures, including private properties, within the shoreline area.  These existing structures, including transportation, water, energy, and other infrastructure were completed prior to Act 136, Session Laws of Hawaii 1970, relating to Land Use Law, which established shoreline setback requirements.

This discussion panel aims to gather professionals and property owners to discuss the challenges and alternatives, with examples and stories at the local level as to how to respond to increasing risk of coastal hazards such as high waves, shoreline erosion, and rising sea levels to the existing development system.  The panel may:


1.       Discuss the immediate economic costs and social consequences of retreat of coastal infrastructure from risk-prone, low-lying areas.
2.       Discuss existing and new economic incentives, e.g., the National Flood Insurance Program, and tax incentives, to encourage appropriate changes in the existing pattern of development.
3.       Present local cases related to climate change vulnerability and risk assessments, and adaptation projects.
4.       Provide lessons and stories from local communities in dealing with existing nonconforming structures located in the threatened areas of coastal hazards.

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