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Texas Citizen Planner Program
Community Planning for Hazards

June 27-28, 2019


June 27. Community Planning for Hazards.
9 am - 4 pm

Hear first-person perspectives about strategic approaches other Texas communities have used to link risk management with their ongoing community planning and vision.


  1. Tools and Strategies for Hazard Planning

  2. Collective Impact for Resilient Cities: How innovation in planning and design can
    help cities accomplish more

  3. Planning for Community Resilience Through Hazard Mitigation

  4. A Better Understanding of Insurance Coverage, Rebuilding Standards and
    How to Detect Potential Fraud.


Earthea Nance, Ph.D., PE, CFM

Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy and Political Science, Texas Southern University.

Dr. Earthea Nance has been a registered professional civil engineer for 22 years and a certified floodplain manager for 10 years. She specializes in environmental hazards and water management in complex social settings, such as in vulnerable communities. Visit
Earthea’s online profile or access her Google Scholar webpage.


Dave Jackson, CEM



State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Mitigation Section Administrator, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety

Dave Jackson is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  He is responsible for the management and operations of TDEM’s hazard mitigation activities which include mitigation planning and mitigation grants programs. View more of Dave's bio.



Lt. David Taylor


Texas Department of Insurance - Fraud Unit

Member of the Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Unit, assigned as a Lieutenant to the North Texas area and a charter member of the Catastrophe Response Team. Unit firearms and defensive tactics instructor and field training officer. Prior to joining the unit, Lt. David Taylor was a Police Officer with the Rockwall Police Department, working in patrol.
Before returning to Law Enforcement, Lt. David Taylor spent seven years as a Special Investigator with GEICO Insurance, working auto-related insurance fraud. Before Lt. David moved to the United States, he spent six years as a Police Officer with Northumbria Police as a Police trainer and member of various task forces. View more on Lt. David Taylor's bio.




Katie Coyne, AICP Certified Ecologist - Ecological Society of America, CITES AP


Urban Ecologist, Asakura Robinson

Ms. Katie Coyne presented “Green Infrastructure Needs Planners: How Planners Should by Pushing the Resiliency Agenda in Theory and Practice” during the Flooding and Stormwater Specialty Course in 2017. Katie leads the Urban Ecology Studio at Asakura Robinson, where she works on planning and design projects specifically targeting increased resiliency from urban to rural areas, restoring ecosystem function. Katie’s traditional training in ecology allows her to understand the ecological imperative and technical nuances in the Urban Ecology Studio’s work. Katie’s online profile is available here.

Douglas Klopfenstein

Education/Oversight Specialist, Windstorm Inspection Program, Texas Department of Insurance

Education and Oversight Specialist, Regulatory Policy Division/Windstorm Inspection Program, Texas Department of Insurance
Douglas (Doug) Klopfenstein works as a Program Specialist for the Texas Department of Insurance, Windstorm Inspection Program. Klopfenstein is a certified Coastal Construction Inspector and a certified Commercial Building Inspector through the International Code Council (ICC). He has approximately 13 years of experience in residential construction in the state of Texas, over 24 experience in the Windstorm Inspection Program of the Texas Department of Insurance. View more of Douglas's bio.

Manuel D. Villarreal

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Ombudsman

Manuel has worked at the Texas Department of Insurance since 1994 in various capacities including investigating, evaluating, and resolving complaints against property and casualty companies. He is also a member of the TDI Disaster Team that conducts public education presentations to the civic and professional organization. As the agency's Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) ombudsman, Manuel meets with city, county, and state officials; community and organization representatives; homeowners; and business owners in the 14 coastal counties and parts of Harris County along the Texas coast to help them learn about their rights as TWIA policyholders and learn about the TWIA claims process.

Lunch Presentation

Texas General Land Office. CDBG Mitigation Funding.

Please see Funding Items section below for more information. We hope you will share 10 minutes of your time to complete the mitigation survey, which will assist with the development of the Mitigation Action Plan.


June 28. CHARM Exercise.
9 am - 1 pm

Collaborate over a live table-top interface and use local mapping data to plan hypothetical growth scenarios. Real time feedback allows participants to see the consequences of their planning decisions. The planning support tool, Community Health and Resource Management (CHARM), encourages collaborative problem solving and no GIS experience is needed. Attendance is required to receive certificate.



Rockport Service Center 
Training Room
2751 Highway 35 North Bypass
Rockport, TX 78382



More info below!


Rockport Service Center entrance.

Parking lot is behind the Rockport Service Center building. Parking is FREE.




Brownsville City Hall
4th Floor, HR Training Room
1001 E. Elizabeth
Brownsville, TX 78520


More info below!


Brownsville City Hall entrance.

Parking lot.
Corner of 10th and Washington.
FREE for this event.
Don't forget to print your permit!

Path from parking lot to the front entrance of City Hall


boxed lunches - sandwich, chips, & cookie
assorted snacks

Other lunch options available for those who indicated a dietary restriction during registration.


Texas General Land Office


In response to the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and the floods of 2015 and 2016, Texas will receive $4.383 billion in federal disaster mitigation funds to help vulnerable communities prepare for future disasters.

Please complete the following survey to assist the GLO-CDR with the development of the Mitigation Action Plan. There are 19 questions that should take roughly ten minutes to complete.

mitigation survey
mitigation overview online
mitigation overview .pdf

Texas Citizen Planner Program



Read what others enjoyed most about previous Citizen Planner courses.

Alumni Stories


Presentations from previous courses 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 a Texas Coastal Management Program Grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner pursuant to National Oceanic and Admospheric Administration Award No. NA18NOS4190153.

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.

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