Tour Highlights
On August 3rd, 2018, the APA LI Section toured the Sunken Forest Preserve and the Village of Ocean Beach on Fire Island. Nearly 20 planners from Long Island and the region boarded a water taxi from Bayshore and began the journey to Sailors Haven. At the ferry terminal, the group was met by Dave Raymond, Park Ranger and Kaetlyn Jackson, Park Planner from the National Parks Service who would provide a fascinating tour of the Preserve. The group was treated to many stories on the history of Fire Island and the ecological and geological significance of the Preserve. After a water taxi ride to the Village of Ocean Beach and a mid-day stroll along the maritime-inspired car-less streets, the group met up with Kevin Schelling from the Village’s Department of Public Works who began a tour of the many resiliency projects being constructed post-Sandy. Kevin shared his experience riding out Superstorm Sandy on Fire Island and a story of how he and his brother waded through waist-deep floodwaters during the worst of the storm to shut off a well valve to preserve the only remaining source of potable water. The group toured the new ferry terminal and meeting space that is designed to allow a significant storm surge to penetrate and pass through the space. A highlight of the tour was viewing the new water pump facility constructed on the bay side of the barrier island. The new pump facility is raised significantly above base-flood elevation and includes a new command center room to be used during major storm events. Overall, the scale of reconstructing Village facilities to be more resilient and multi-functional was a common theme throughout the tour. The group left Fire Island with an even greater appreciation for the natural beauty of our barrier islands, and how a small community can work together to plan and implement resiliency projects that meet the needs of residents and the demands of a tourism destination. Until next summer!




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2018 Suffolk County Existing Land Use/Land Available for Development and Theoretical Residential Buildout


H. Lee Dennison Building Media Center
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge NY, 11788

Presented By: Staff of the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, Division of Planning and Environment

Andrew Freleng
Peter Lambert
John Corral
Michael Selig
Mehwish Mehfooz

Presentation: The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning (EDP) initiated a land use update at the request of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (DHS) in support of the development of the Suffolk County Sub-Watersheds Wastewater Plan – Suffolk County Management Program for the Reduction of Nitrogen Loading from Wastewater Sources (SWP). EDP was asked to analyze “land use”, “land available for development” and residential “buildout” for all of Suffolk County. This includes the analysis of all ten towns, and thirty three villages in the County. The number of separate parcels investigated totaled well over a half-million parcels. This support initiative for the DHS SWP was conducted in two phases: Existing Land Use Inventory/Land available for Development and Residential Buildout.

AICP-CM Credits are being requested. 

Registration: This is a free event. Space is limited, please RSVP to Christine DeSalvo at planning@suffolkcountyny.gov by July 27th, 2018.

Local Government Training Workshop:
Improving Community Resiliency

Where: Suffolk County H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Date: May 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (check in and refreshments 8:30-9:00am)

On behalf of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater managers Association, New York Sea Grant, the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, and partners, I am pleased to invite you to attend a day-long resiliency training for local governments.  This workshop will have two concurrent tracks: 1) Planning for Community Resiliency, and 2) Code Enforcement for Flood Resilience.

Track 1: Planning for Community Resiliency will help communities plan for an uncertain future. Attendees will gain an understanding of potential extreme weather impacts, and other threats, in their region, understand the tools necessary to help them identify risks, and manage and plan for the future.

Track 2: Code Enforcement for Flood Resilience will help Code Enforcement Officers better understand Elevation Certificates, Post-Disaster Floodplain Administrator Response, and the interaction between foundation and flood vents.

Workshop agenda at: https://seagrant.sunysb.edu/coastalcomm/pdfs/ResiliencyTraining-LI-Agenda-0518.pdf

Registration is $30 Members of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association; $40 Non-Members; includes continental breakfast (sponsored by Smart Vent) and lunch and is first come, first serve.
Register at: nyfloods.org by May 18, 2018.

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Transformation in Transportation

Scott Le Vine

Presentation Now Available for Download


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webheader_aug_17Long Island Section Awards Four Scholarships for Attendance at the 2018 APA National Conference in New Orleans!

The Long Island Section is pleased to announce that three planners and one planning student have been awarded the 2018 Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship for attendance at the APA National Conference in April 2018.

Congratulations to Lucia Cappuccio, assistant planner at the City of Long Beach; Matt Charters, a planner at the Town of Southampton; Matthew Esposito, a planner at the Town of Babylon; and Kendra Armstead, a student at Hunter College who also works full time for an environmental firm on Long Island. Attending the conference itself is an inspiring experience, with lots of learning and networking opportunities, and is guaranteed to inspire and shape the professional paths of attending planners. This year’s winners join a long list of previous scholarship winners including APA Metro Chapter’s President Max Sokol, AICP and dozens of others since 1995.

The LI Section also looks forward to honoring this year’s recipients at the 2018 Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast to be held this spring. Details on the event will be announced soon!

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