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Texas Citizen Planner Program
Community Planning for Hazards

June 4-5, 2019


June 4. 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. Legal Foundations of Community Planning

  3. Planning for Community Resilience Through Hazard Mitigation

  4. Texas Department of Insurance, Windstorm Inpections Program


Earthea Nance, PhD, 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.


Matt Festa, JD

Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston

Matt Festa teaches and researches in the areas of property law and land use, state & local government, and energy & environmental law. His scholarship focuses on the relation between property rights and public control in land use planning and government regulation; on the role of property rights in constitutional law and history; and on property and the rule of law in contemporary international affairs. Visit Prof. Festa’s online profile.


Michael Babin

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

Michael Babin has worked for the Texas Department Of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Group for almost 26 years. His main function is Education and Outreach on the inspection process, approving products, and the importance of receiving the certificate of compliance after you complete an improvement. View more of Michael's bio.

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 5. 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.


Galveston County Extension Office
4102-B Main Street (Carbide Park)
La Marque, TX 77568


Galveston County Extension Office entrance.

Carbide Park Entrance. Parking is FREE.

Google Map


boxed lunches - sandwich, chips, & cookie
assorted snacks
hot tea

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 $1.297 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


The GLO is awaiting mandatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $4.383 billion in mitigation funds for major declared disaster events in Texas during 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Local governments eligible for the mitigation funding will include eligible presidentially declared disasters counties for the 2015 flooding events, the 2016 flooding events, and Hurricane Harvey. Since 2015, 140 Texas counties have received a Presidential disaster declaration.

mitigation overview online
mitigation overview .pdf



Managing our Stormwater. From Gutter to Stream.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Houston Galveston Area Council, and the City of Pearland are hosting a FREE half-day workshop on Green Infrastructure, nature based techniques to clean and conserve stormwater.

This workshop is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension's Green Infrastructure for Texas program.


June 12, 2019

1 pm - 4 pm
Delores Fenwick Nature Center
5750 Magnolia Parkway
Pearland, TX 77584

Online Registration
Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Bringing Back Main Street.


H-GAC is hosting a Bringing Back Main Street roundtable in July. H-GAC hosts quarterly roundtables to help local governments, chambers of commerce, and economic development interests promote the economic revitalization of downtown areas.


July 23, 2019

9:30 am - noon
The location will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Joey Kaspar
 at 713-993-4547.

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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1335 Regents Park Drive, Suite 260
Houston, TX 77058

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