Now in its 6th year, Building Resilience Workshop held a day of panel discussions on Saturday, March 28, 2015. For the second year in a row, Grasshopper Mendoza and Steve Picou served as MCs and welcomed participants. Held in the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center at Docville Farm in St. Bernard Parish, BRW Vl gathered experts from across the country to discuss pressing issues across a wide range of timely and challenges facing the region and world.
Grasshopper moderated a panel titled How Will Our Plans Work Together? The state's Coastal Master Plan, City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, St. Bernard Parish Master Plan, and the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan are powerful drivers of spending, planning and development, but can they be better integrated and made even more effective? Architect (and GNO Urban Water Plan team leader) David Waggonner, Keven Lovetro of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Director of the City of New Orleans Planning Commission Bob Rivers, and Assistant Director of Community Development in St. Bernard Parish Dale Thayer described their roles and the myriad agencies with which they interact. Grasshopper led a lively discussion, and challenged the panel to find ways they could more effectively collaborate and integrate across plans and agencies.