The Dennis Planning Board will hold a Public Forum on the Draft Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan on Monday March 21st at 6:30 pm in the Stone Hearing Room at Dennis Town Hall 685 Route 134, South Dennis MA.
The purpose of this plan is to fulfill the federal regulations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Mitigation Planning. All cities and towns are required to adopt local multiple-hazard mitigation plans in order to remain eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant funds (available after a disaster is declared) and to be eligible for other federal hazard mitigation funds. The plan first adopted in 2011, and in need of being updated in five year intervals, provides a process for the Town of Dennis to accomplish the following:
• Identify risks
• Assess the town’s vulnerability
• Reduce future damages
• Meet community needs
• Promote public participation
• Increase funding eligibility
• Provide a guide post for disaster recovery
• Promote cooperation
• Make funding available for initiatives that would otherwise not be available.
• Support pre-disaster and post-disaster decision making efforts in times of crisis.
• Educate residents and officials on vulnerable areas.
• Connect hazard mitigation planning to community planning and the Dennis Local Comprehensive Plan where possible.
Over the course of the past five years the town has been guided by the 2011 plan, and through its implementation (flood map updates, pursuing flood mitigation grants, vegetation management on town properties, etc.) the town has produced a continuous feedback loop on the various aspects of this plan. Town residents turned out en mass for discussions on flood concerns, the Barrier Beach Management Advisory Committee has received continuous feedback on coastal erosion concerns. And, a town-wide survey was conducted to guide the final crafting of this document.
Staff will present an overview of the document to the Planning Board as a means of soliciting final comments on the MHM Plan. It is our goal to start the state and federal review and approval process in the next few weeks.