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Planning Foundations Course

February 22 - April 5, 2017

This Week

Wednesday, April 5th. Hazard Mitigation and Planning for
Resilient Communities

The costs of natural hazards are often made worse by poor planning decisions. Review current environmental and development trends that are driving the need for hazard mitigation planning, and learn about the planning and development practices that can make communities better prepared and more resilient to flooding and storm surge.


Jaimie Hicks Masterson is Associate Director of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University, a high-impact service learning program that works alongside underserved communities to plan for future resilience. She is author of Planning for Community Resilience: A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters, which focuses on hazard mitigation strategies and tools for government officials, planners, and emergency mangers that can be incorporated pre-disaster. She is the engagement coordinator for the Plan Integration for Resilience project funded by the Department of Homeland Security and a part of the Center for Coastal Resilience at the University of North​ Carolina at Chapel Hill. Masterson also consults with small communities to develop comprehensive plans, economic development plans, and other planning needs where resilience practices are folded and infused into plans and other community initiatives.

Additionally, Masterson authored the Rapid Disaster Recovery Housing Program Report (RAPIDO) which identifies disaster recovery policy recommendations, a technical guide for program implementation, and a program comparison of current disaster recovery challenges and successes. The RAPIDO program focuses on pre-disaster and post-disaster planning strategies for local jurisdictions and social service organizations.

Click here for Mrs. Masterson's online profile.



Specialty Course Offerings
The Texas Citizen Planner program will open registration soon for three specialty courses held in the Houston area.

For each specialty course, 3 - 4 classes will be held during the same day.

Tentative course titles:
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning
  • Flooding and Stormwater
  • Coastal Hazards and Preparation

Winter 2013


QUOTE OF THE WEEK - What did winter 2013 students enjoy most about the program?

“Great to bring others in the area together and make connections with each other and TAMU. Learned about key issues in the area in more detail.”


Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Ln #120
Houston, TX 77027
Conference room B & C on the 2nd floor
Google Map

     Building Parking Garage - FREE

     Parking Entrance off Timmons Lane


Finding the H-GAC Garage - when driving North on Timmons Lane, turn right into the driveway just before the H-GAC building. The garage will be on your left.

Park in the Visitor lot - when you enter the garage at H-GAC, take a right to access visitor parking, then enter the building through the lobby doors.

After 6:00 p.m. you cannot enter the main garage - the gate arm will be down, you will have to enter the visitor area.

Garage elevators are locked around 6 p.m. - At the end of the meeting, the upper levels of the garage can be accessed from the lobby elevators.


cheese and cold cut assortment with crackers
vegetables and dip


Wednesday, March 29, 6-8:30pm:
Plan Implementation and Development Review
Wednesday, April 5, 6-8:30pm:
Hazard Mitigation and Planning for Resilient Communities


Number of Individuals:
Baytown, Bellaire, Brookside Village, Dickinson, La Marque, Lake Jackson, La Porte, Magnolia, Midtown, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Tomball, West Columbia.
management district board member, city council member, community development technician,city manager, planning technician, city administration, economic development corporation (EDC) executive director, public relations, planning and zoning (P&Z) commissioner, P&Z vice chairman, P&Z chairman, emergency management, code compliance supervisor, public works director, public services director, development coordinator


Presentations from class are available online for download as a .pdf.

presentation archive


The vision for Citizen Planner is simply to place the tools of community resilience into the hands of local officials, our citizen planners.


Every year across Texas hundreds of locally elected and appointed officials enter public life. They bring with them an ethic of service, but  few have the training in the art and science of community planning.

Texas and its 1,200 cities and towns are growing at an unprecedented rate, and our elected citizens must be properly trained to enhance the quality of life, economic opportunity, and sound environmental stewardship.

Planning and land use decisions made today will determine how resilient our critical facilities are for decades to come. The Citizen Planner program was created to address this need for knowledge and awareness by municipal leadership.



The Texas Citizen Planner program is supported in part by our project partners, including FEMA Region VI, NOAA’s Coastal Services Center’s Gulf of Mexico Research Competition administered through Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

Copyright © 2017 Texas Coastal Watershed Program, All rights reserved.

We appreciate your participation in the Texas Citizen Planner program and events.

Our mailing address is:
Texas Coastal Watershed Program
1335 Regents Park Drive, Suite 260
Houston, TX 77058

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