This article explains how communities can use development regulations to ensure that fewer vulnerable structures are built in flood-prone areas.
About the Author
Terri Turner, AICP
Terri L Turner, AICP, CFM is the Development Services Administrator, Floodplain Manager, and Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the Augusta Planning and Development Department in Augusta, GA. Ms Turner is the outgoing Association of State Floodplain Manager’s (ASFPM’s) Region 4 Director, the ASFPM No Adverse Impact (NAI) Committee Co-Chair, an Associate with the ASFPM Foundation and the past Chair of her local (Aiken County, SC) Planning Commission. Terri has been awarded many prestigious awards for her work in GAFM, in ASFPM, and in the realm of floodplain management and hazard mitigation, being awarded the 2010 ASFPM Local Floodplain Manager of the Year Award, the 2010 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship from the Natural Hazards Center, numerous awards from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management (GAFM) since its inception, the 2012 Champions of Change (Community’s Choice) Award from the White House, the 2013 Limestone College Service to Community Award, and the 2015 Jerry Louthain Award for Distinguished Service from ASFPM. Terri would tell you that she would gladly give back all of the awards, even the one bestowed on her by the White House, if she could know for sure that her work had impacted the regulatory process in relation to flood risk reduction and the overall realm of hazard mitigation, had protected property, lives and the well-being of communities, and had impacted “how we do business” on these vital issues for generations to come. She summed it up nicely in a recent line she wrote in a FaceBook post: “There is still much to do before I sleep”. and her ultimate goal is a part of her email signature at work, "Today, may I do my job so well, that I don’t have to dread the storms of tomorrow; instead, may I be able to dance for joy in the rain!" So, Terri spends pretty much all of her free time traveling the nation promoting sound floodplain management and hazard mit8igation and speaking on topics such as No Adverse Impact (NAI) Floodplain Management, Local Hazard Mitigation Initiatives, Risk-Reduction, Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainability and Resiliency, Green Infrastructure, and anything related to sound floodplain management and hazard mitigation , to any audience that will sit still long enough to listen to what she has to say! Terri is currently remodeling an early 1950’s caretaker’s cottage in her hometown of North Augusta, SC and writing for periodicals nationwide.