Post-Disaster Permitting Is Streamlined and Improved

Building off years of experience with coastal hazards, the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program and Maui County developed new guidelines and protocol to protect sensitive coastal ecosystems and streamline repair and redevelopment permits for communities affected by storms and tsunamis.

The resulting post-disaster permit process is serving as a model for other Hawaii counties, and a training program sponsored by the American Planning Association and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center is helping spread the word. A two-year resilience grant from the NOAA Coastal Storms Program was used to develop this portion of the training program. A new grant will expand this effort to South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. (2016)

Partners: American Planning Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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