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1 Planning for Resilient Communities Resilient St. Joseph Master Planning Project First Community Action Team Meeting Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2 LIAA is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation created in 1993 to stimulate & support greater civic engagement. Our mission statement is: Helping people shape better communities through: participation, education, information & the effective use of technology

3 Planning for Resilient Communities Program Partners Project Grant Support from: KRESGE FOUNDATION, TROY, MI COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT, MDEQ WATER CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

4 Project Start-Up Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Citizen Engagement & Public Participation Data & Research Vulnerabilities Scenarios Goals Drafting Review & Adopt General Project Timeline

5 Many Opportunities for Involvement Community Action Team Meetings Wednesday, August 13, 6:00- 7:30 PM Wednesday, September 24, 6:00-7:30 PM Wednesday, October 22, 6:00-7:30 PM Topic-Specific Public Meetings Marina/Port Redevelopment Lions Park Neighborhood Vulnerability Analysis Focus-Group UM Shoreland Analysis Meeting Master Plan Open House/Gallery Walk Community Briefings

6 Visit and sign-up for our monthly E-Newsletter Sign-up for E-News to stay engaged

7 Click on ‘Get Involved’ to provide online feedback

8 Taking a “systems” approach to understanding community challenges & opportunities, there will be one CAT for each of six community systems. 1.Access & Transportation Systems 2.Economic & Energy Systems 3.Neighborhoods & Infrastructure 4.Agriculture & Food Systems 5.Human & Social Systems 6.Parks and Natural Systems Community Action Teams

9 Key components of each system can be Tangible or Intangible Examples of intangibles - Festivals or Volunteerism Most system components appear across multiple systems For example, Schools or Lake Michigan Community Action Teams Neighborhoods and Infrastructure Access and Transportation Economy and Energy Human and Social Food and Agriculture Parks and Natural Areas

10 Think about how all the components of a system are linked and how the system might relate and connect with other systems Community Action Teams Food and Agriculture Compost Processing Distribution Farmers Institutional Consumers Production Community Gardens Farmer’s Markets Food Waste Recovery Food Access Food Deserts

11 Resilient Communities are likely to value and work to enhance a number of key characteristics, including: 1.Social Cohesion/Social Capital – meaningful social supports 2.Diversity – economic, cultural & natural 3.Adaptive Capacity – problem solving, innovative, creative 4.Ecosystem Services – extensive application of natural processes

12 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Social Cohesion and Meaningful Community Support Union Charter Township, Isabella County – Community Kitchen Multi-functional resource Residents can bring locally grown produce for processing Training center for organizations and nutrition classes Food preservation and culinary arts training space

13 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Social Cohesion and Meaningful Community Support City of Ypsilanti Tree Nursery partnering with ReLeaf Michigan & local volunteers to increase tree canopy & diversity.

14 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Social Cohesion and Meaningful Community Support The Breezway - Task force of 4 townships, two villages, and one city convened to address economic woes A strategy to brand the Antrim County route C-48 and market the area as an ideal route for cyclists, motorcyclists, and motorists, complete with art galleries, resale shops, lodging, etc.

15 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Social Cohesion and Meaningful Community Support

16 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Diversity – Economic, Social & Environmental Trail Towns is an economic development initiative in Michigan working to ensure that trail communities and businesses maximize the economic potential of trail. Case Study: Over $40 million in direct annual spending is attributed to trail user spending along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania.

17 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Diversity – Economic, Social & Environmental Townships, cities, and villages came together in Gratiot County to coordinate their zoning ordinance to allow for the construction of a 22- megawatt, 30,000-acre wind project in the County.

18 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Innovation & Creative Problem Solving As a part of Chicago’s Sustainability Plan, a vertical hydroponics garden has been installed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Produce from the garden supply restaurants at the airport with produce. Benefits: 1.Decreased food transportation and distribution costs 2.Fresher produce for restaurants 3.The garden provides airport patrons with information and education on local produce 4.People can feel a connection to nature while at the airport Source: Chicago Tribune and

19 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Innovation & Creative Problem Solving Love Food Not Waste program in Eugene, Oregon engages local garbage haulers, commercial composters, the City of Eugene and area businesses in turning food scraps turn into valuable compost instead of take up space in our landfill.

20 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Ecosystem Services Towar Rain Garden Drains in Meridan Charter Township and the City of East Lansing are used to ease the stress of extreme rain events on the stormwater system.

21 Community Assets for Resilience Assets that support or contribute to Ecosystem Services In Thunder Bay, Ontario, the city Parks and Recreation Department has committed to establishing a citywide canopy cover of 50%, as outlined in their Natural System Plan. Trees can save you money any time of the year, both by buffering cold winter winds and by shading homes from the summer sun. In the US, 100 million mature trees can save up to $2 billion in energy costs (Donovan and Butry 2009).

22 Laycock City Park, Calgary, Canada Building community resilience with Ecosystem Services

23 Activity Deliverables: 1.A complete list of assets for your system 2.A list of three assets identified by your team that should be on ALL other Teams’ lists. 3.A complete list of threats (weaknesses and vulnerabilities) to your system or topic area. 4.A topic-specific Vision Statement that describes the group’s long- term desire for the City of St. Joseph.


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